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NDZINGENI – Wild celebrations engulfed Ndzingeni as former Minister Lutfo Dlamini crashed out of the elections.

He was resoundingly trounced by Jeremiah Ebenezer Ndwandwe from the Ebulandzeni chiefdom who recorded 1 663 votes against Lutfo’s 1 537 votes.
Immediately after the announcement an ecstatic crowd broke out into chorus hymns and spontaneous ululations. Former Minister Dlamini seemed to sense defeat as he left the voting station even before the counting began.

Ndwandwe, a retired electrician, acknowledges that it was a hard fought election but says he is happy though apprehensive about the challenges he will face as he prepares to embark on a new career as a parliamentarian.
“I want to work closely and diligently with the people of Ndzingeni especially in the area of agriculture from which I believe employment can be generated. This is especially because the Maguga Dam is within close proximity,” he said.

Thulani Mndzawe, Ndwandwe’s campaign manager, reiterates that the campaign trail was tough. “I actually campaigned for Lutfo in 2003 but because I felt that there was a need for change I then swopped camps. Victory is sweet after all the challenges we have faced in recent months.”

Another supporter, Samson Manyatsi thanked God for the outcome, emphasising the need for change and expressing hope for a brighter future in the area. Commenting on the former minister’s defeat, Manyatsi said “Setfule ingwe esihlahleni” meaning we defeated a leopard.

A victory celebration led by a brief prayer was then held at Ndwandwe’s home at Ebulandzeni where a beast was slaughtered for his supporters.

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