Ramaphosa visits Ladysmith

Ramaphosa visits Ladysmith

After sustained community protests, President Cyril Ramaphosa visited Ekuvukeni, outside Ladysmith, at the weekend and promised to fast track service delivery and create job opportunities.

With less than three weeks to go before voting day, the president’s visit comes after residents refused to listen to community safety and liaison MEC Mxolisi Kaunda, and took a bus to Dannhauser, 75km away, to pose questions to Ramaphosa.

The community has been protesting about issues with water supply and broken sewage pipes. Ramaphosa told them he would act against government officials who were not delivering services, according to a report on Timeslive, but appealed to them not to prevent children from attending school.

The president’s visit started at the home of Joseph Shabalala, the founder of Ladysmith Black Mambazo. He also went to the Nazareth Baptist Church (Shembe), before ending at Ekuvukeni. – Nqubeko FM (edited by Siya Motha)

NADECO blames IEC for not taking part in the May 8 elections

The National Democratic Convention (NADECO) won’t be participating in the May 8 election as it sent its documents to the wrong email address, party leader Siyabonga Sibisi said in an interview with Ladysmith community radio station Nqubeko.

The party, which broke away from the Inkatha Freedom Party several years ago, was shocked to realize that they were not on the list of parties that are registered with the IEC, Sibisi told the station on April 5.

But he blamed the IEC for the mistake. ‘’We went to our local IEC office here in Ladysmith to submit our documents, but we were told that were should contact the national IEC office in Pretoria,’’ Sibisi said. An email to the IEC bounced because they were given the wrong email address by their local IEC office, and they did not realize that the email was not sent.

“We only realized that we are not on the list after realizing that the IEC has invited all registered political parties to come and sign the code of conduct in Durban,” Sibisi added.

The party leader apologized to supporters and said the party would partner with other parties and were currently in talks with the National Freedom Party to this end.

Nadeco leader Siyabonga Sibisi speaks to Nqubeko Community Radio