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  • IEC expects to release election results by Sunday
  • The first result of the 2024 elections has been released from the Bizana Baptist Church in the Eastern Cape
  • With 20 voting districts declared, the ANC still tops the list of votes on the national ballot
  • Gauteng Police say 16 elections-related arrests have been made since the poll date proclamation
  • Counting of ballots continues, albeit slowly, as only 0.57% of Voting Districts have been declared (133 out of 23 293)
  • The majority of voting stations closed late last night due to long queues: IEC
Mtolo not concerned about criticism of ANC

Mtolo not concerned about criticism of ANC

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African National Congress (ANC) Provincial Secretary Bheki Mtolo says he is not concerned about criticism, as the ANC has done a lot to better people’s lives.

“We are not concerned about that and the main reason why people don’t vote for opposition parties because voters ask themselves that if opposition parties can have the guts to lie in front of their faces that the ANC hasn’t done anything, why they should trust that they will do what they are saying in their manifesto. We are here today and people are happy with what the ANC has done. We have done things where people live.”

As the ANC intensifies its election campaign in and around eThekwini in KwaZulu-Natal, community members from Zwelibomvu in Mbumbulu have expressed mixed feelings about service delivery in the area.

Some believe the governing party has delivered services adequately.

Others say the area lacks basic service delivery and is underdeveloped.

Resident Moses Ndlovu says, “Nobody can say he can not vote for the ANC, there is no country in Africa that gives people grants and we must not forget about our home which is the ANC. I think we need to use these opportunities availed by the ANC for our own benefits such as producing vegetables and sell them.

However, Wandile Mgobhozi says, “They haven’t achieved their promises, we all need development but we see here is that there is no housing projects and it’s selective. We need these houses. It’s painful to us because we don’t have what other people have.”

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IFP’s Hlabisa laments corruption

IFP’s Hlabisa laments corruption

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IFP president Velenkosini Hlabisa says people have lost confidence in government because it appears to be losing the fight against corruption, unemployment and crime.

He was speaking at the party’s election campaign rally in eFolweni, south of Durban.

“Today we pause to take stock of the progress our country has made over the period of 30 years. Indeed, progress has been made but at a greater scale our country is going back down the drain, the rate of unemployment is amazing and the rate of crime has devastated of our communities. Load shedding has destroyed our economy, corruption has robbed of our people of benefits that should have benefited them. Billions that disappeared in the hands of the corrupt government.”

MK Party will ensure Africans are emancipated: Zuma

MK Party will ensure Africans are emancipated: Zuma

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The uMkhonto weSizwe (MK) Party leader Jacob Zuma says they are determined to ensure that Africans are emancipated.

Zuma says Africans have been oppressed since the dawn of democracy, with the majority of them living below the poverty line.

He was speaking at his residence in Nkandla in northern KwaZulu-Natal where the party unveiled several vehicles donated for its election campaign.

Zuma says, “We have seen that we haven’t reached where we wanted to reach. People amongst us turned against us and became white people. They arrested us for nothing, doing the same thing that was done by the apartheid government whereas they call themselves freedom fighters. They have reversed all the good things we have done and that is why people have decided to build this strong and powerful organisation. It’s like Noah’s ark that will save black people.”

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MK Party members rally at Zuma’s Nkandla homestead

MK Party members rally at Zuma’s Nkandla homestead

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Members of the uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK) party arrive at former President Jacob Zuma’s homestead in Nkandla, northern KwaZulu-Natal, for a campaign rally.

It would be Zuma’s first public appearance in about two weeks. He was not present when the Durban High Court dismissed an African National Congress (ANC) application to bar MK Party from using a logo similar to that of the disbanded military armed wing.

Party supporters are singing songs praising their leadership, especially that of Zuma.

MK Party Secretary General, Sihle Ngubane, says the launch of election trucks signals the intensification of the party’s election campaign after winning court battles.

“Today is a big day for MK. We are launching our biggest truck ever, the 30 tons, 12-metre branded truck for the MK which can take about 30 people on stage at the same time. And we are launching the four branded vans as well which will roam around the country because our focus now is the campaign. We are done with court, these cases, and everything. We are coming here to launch these trucks which will roam around the country and assist us in strengthening our campaign.”

KZN church leaders pray for peaceful elections

KZN church leaders pray for peaceful elections

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Church leaders in KwaZulu-Natal say they will be playing their part in ensuring a peaceful election on May 29th.

KwaZulu-Natal, which has the second largest number of voters after Gauteng, is said to be a highly contested province.

The province is also known for its political violence with many areas being identified as hotspots.

Church leaders under the KwaZulu-Natal Council of Churches (KZNCC) met with Prime Minister of the AmaZulu nation, Reverend Thulasizwe Buthelezi in Durban.

KZNCC Executive Chairperson Bishop Nkosinathi Myaka elaborates: “The main reason for the request of the meeting was to humbly ask the Prime Minister to secure the day with King and also for the engagement with the King and also craft the collaboration between the KZNCC and church leaders and his Majesty the King and all traditional leaders.”

Meanwhile, Reverend Thulasizwe Buthelezi says the meeting with the church leaders came at a right time.

“The meeting was in a moment of prayer as church leaders in KwaZulu-Natal pray for the peaceful election, the prayed for the King and the Royal family and they pray for KwaZulu-Natal government. It was a very fruitful meeting with really important issues that were discussed and I am very humbled to be part of this meeting which has come out with concrete plans which will impact on the Royal family but which will need further deliberations with His Majesty, the King.”