Times of Swaziland
26 August 2008
Titus Thwala out of race
By SIHLE DLAMINI
NHLANGANO- Primary election results came with a shock for confident former MP Titus Thwala last night as he crashed out of the race.
This is the same man who had been telling his competitors to try in 2013 as he was a sure winner for another term.
Thwala lost to former Nhlangano mayor and bitter politics rival Johannes Ndlangamandla.
Ndlangamandla got 836 votes against Thwala’s 688.
After all had been said and done and three days of voting marred by ballot papers that ran out, it was at around 3.30 p.m. that the moment of truth and revelations arrived.
Peeping through a window as the media was barred from getting inside with about 80 people fighting for the little available space, the only voice heard kept on repeating two surnames at most.
"Ndlangamandla, Ndlangamandla, Thwala, Myeni," said the counting officer for about five hours until 8.02 pm.
"685,686, 687 and 688 and I am finished", said the counting elections officer. Inside the counting room Ndlangamandla was hugged.
A slogan that was chanted when he was nominated reverberated in the room.
"Iyaphi indoda? Iya phambili-Where is this man taking off to? He is progressing!" That was the end of Titus Thwala’s political career.
Thwala was not present at the counting process and he was also not available to comment as his cellphone was switched off last night.