22 September 2008
Near chaos at KaZinyane
HELL almost broke loose at the Pigg’s Peak Police Station when police tried to ferry two voting boxes leaving seven others behind.
The boxes were destined for KaZinyane polling station on Saturday morning where there was to be the counting of the votes. An eye witness said this happened yesterday at around 5:00am. The police’s action surprised the people who had spent the night at the police station, to make sure the boxes are not tempered with. The witness said the police assured them that everything would be fine but the people heard none of that and demanded that the boxes be ferried all at once.
“The people who were now losing tempers also told the police that there was no way they could take the boxes so early in the morning but if that was the case they (police) were to take all the boxes at once,” he explained. Nine people were competing for the MP seat namely; Mfanzile Dlamini, Elizabeth Kunene, Ndlalifa Masilela, Makhundu Mavuso, Madala Mhlanga, Johannes Ndwandwe, Mbalekelwa Ndwandwe, Simon Ndzabandzaba and Edward Nxumalo. The elections were eventually won by Mbalekelwa with 1994 votes who is now Mhlangatane MP. The source revealed that the police then decided to ferry the boxes at once and thereafter everything went well. “The elections went well after that but the police were warned against taking chances next time around,” said the source.