The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal is in disarray just weeks before the May 8 general elections following the arrest of two mayors and the provisional withdrawal of murder charges against one of them. The ANC leaders in the province were under pressure to remove the two mayors before Monday for their alleged involvement in the deaths of two prominent youth leaders. However, the state asked for the provisional withdrawal of charges against Harry Gwala mayor Mluleki Ndobe, who had been arrested and spent a week in jail for the murder of former ANC Youth League (ANCYL) secretary-general and Umzimkhulu local municipality councillor Sindiso Magaqa. At the Umzimkhulu magistrate’s court, prosecutor Shohana Moodley also withdrew charges of murder and attempted murder against Harry Gwala municipal manager Zwelibanzi Sikhosana. Ndobe, Sikhosana and three alleged hitmen — Sibonelo Myeza, Mbulelo Mpofana and Mxolisi Ncalane — had been arrested for the 2017 murder of Magaqa and the attempted murder of cou...

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