Political parties contesting the Nquthu municipal by-election brought in the big guns as the battle for the tiny northern KwaZulu-Natal municipality shifted into higher gear on Sunday ahead of Wednesday’s vote. The biggest welcome was reserved for President Jacob Zuma‚ though Inkatha Freedom Party president Mangosuthu Buthelezi, EFF leader Julius Malema and DA Western Cape member of the provincial legislature Masizole Mnqasela also campaigned to win the hearts of 81,000 registered voters in Nquthu. “Vote right‚ vote ANC. Even the ancestors and angels will love you‚” Zuma told a rally. Nquthu failed to elect a mayor after the August local government elections. The hung council is important as it could swing the balance of power in the Umzinyathi district. Zuma is the last of the ANC leaders to campaign in Nquthu and follows its deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa‚ chairwoman Baleka Mbete‚ secretary-general Gwede Mantashe and treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize. Buthelezi blamed Zuma for eve...

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