Coun­cil­lor ac­cused of bad ser­vice de­liv­ery dies

The Witness - Wheels - - NEWS - SABELO NSELE • sabelo.nsele@wit­ness.co.za

THANDI Ndlovu, a Copesville coun­cil­lor whose nom­i­na­tion for lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions was greeted by protests in April, died yes­ter­day.

Since the April protest, Ndlovu had not been seen at pub­lic gath­er­ings, which led to many Copesville res­i­dents be­liev­ing that she was no longer liv­ing in the area.

How­ever, The Wit­ness un­der­stands that Ndlovu had been sick, some­times miss­ing coun­cil meet­ings.

Msun­duzi spokesper­son Nqo­bile Madonda con­firmed Ndlovu’s death.

“We can con­firm that coun­cil­lor Thandi Ndlovu from ward 29 died at her home. She had been in and out of hospi­tal.

“We are deeply sad­dened and shocked by her un­timely pass­ing which leaves a void in lo­cal govern­ment, es­pe­cially with lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions com­ing up on the 3rd [Au­gust].

“She was a valu­able mem­ber of coun­cil, a re­source­ful and ac­tive mem­ber of coun­cil in var­i­ous com­mit­tees that she par­tic­i­pated in.

“Her ex­pe­ri­ence and her con­tri­bu­tion will be missed,” she said.

A protest broke out in Copesville in April with pro­test­ers de­mand­ing that Ndlovu be re­moved from the ANC’s can­di­date list for the lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions.

The pro­test­ers claimed the area had been “left in the lurch” and no ser­vice de­liv­ery has taken place in the area since Ndlovu be­came coun­cil­lor in the last lo­cal govern­ment elec­tion.

“She was a valu­able mem­ber of coun­cil, a re­source­ful and ac­tive mem­ber of coun­cil in var­i­ous com­mit­tees that she par­tic­i­pated in. Her ex­pe­ri­ence and her con­tri­bu­tion will be missed.”

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