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MBABANE – “I have received 168 WhatsApp messages and 210 calls.” This is what Senator-elect Jimmy Hlophe has received since he won the Senate elections on Wednesday. Hlophe said he was inundated with calls and congratulatory messages such that he could not answer all of them.


“I have been responding to them since yesterday (Wednesday) and I can’t cope. I am still responding to them even now,” the senator-elect said. He said he had to do justice to everyone and humble himself before the throne of the Lord by responding to every call and message he received from people congratulating him on his new political journey. Hlophe said he could not even identify who some of the well-wishers were as he was unfamiliar with their number, but all the same, he had to respond.

While conversing with this reporter, a call that came through. The newly-elected senator highlighted that the media was a professional institution and he respected that. He said he would later return the call.

Jimmy replaces deceased Senator Mike Temple. A name tag has not been placed yet  in front of the chair that was occupied by Temple. The seat is between Senator Busie Dlamini and Alberto Samuels’s seats. Senate President Lindiwe Dlamini also congratulated the senator-elect. She conveyed her appreciation to the House of Assembly for doing a stellar job in selecting the appropriate candidate for Senate.“I am thankful that they gave us a good candidate, a seasoned man who has served the country as a Member of Parliament and in various leadership positions,” Dlamini said.


She pointed out that Hlophe was once managing director for Caltex and they were confident that he was coming in with experience and value to enhance the smooth running of Senate.

The Senate president highlighted that a sitting would be held as soon as necessary arrangements had been made. Dlamini said in the meantime, there were committees sitting in Parliament and soon an Order Paper would be issued when the swearing-in would be held. Dlamini reiterated her admiration to all those who ensured the smooth running of the elections process.

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