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Zandile Gumede not Returning as eThekweni Mayor anytime soon

Zandile Gumede not Returning as eThekweni Mayor anytime soon

The fate of Zandile Gumede is still to be decided by the ANC’s Provincial Executive Committee on Tuesday afternoon. Following her suspension in June, the party have failed to come to a conclusion on the matter.

On a day where she was expected to be either booted or backed by the ruling party, eThekwini Mayor Gumede has once again been left in limbo, having her suspension extended for the second time this winter.

Corruption charges against Zandile Gumede

The ultimate undoing of Zandile Gumede has proved to be the illegal tender she awarded to Durban Solid Waste (DSW). The sanitation company were paid an inflated R25 million to provide 800 chemical toilets to the city. This lead to the mayor being formally charged with corruption and fraud.

Gumede and Human Settlements Chair Mondli Mthembu are also accused of keeping four service providers in their employ, without observing the correct legal channels. They are said to have flouted tender processes, and it’s reported they manipulated the way service supply chains work in Durban.

Following the PEC’s failure to reach a conclusive decision, we’re doing a quick round-up of what we can expect to happen once the dust settles.

What happens next with Zandile Gumede?

When will the issue formally be addressed?

The final decision on Zandile Gumede has been deferred until Sunday 11 August, where yet another PEC meeting is scheduled to take place. It is understood that the mayor has been placed on “indefinite leave” until the matter is finally resolved for good.

What is the hold-up in eThekwini?

There is a split between the highest executives of the PEC. Some want Gumede gone, others want her to stay. One camp claims she’s bringing the office into disrepute, whereas others feel she has not been convicted of any crime, and must be allowed to serve while fighting to clear her name.

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What are opposition parties doing about Zandile Gumede?

The DA are desperately trying to get a motion of no confidence tabled in the eThekwini chambers, but they aren’t having much luck. We spoke to to Councillor Nicole Graham on Tuesday, who said they are prepared for any outcome:

“We are preparing to bring the motion of no confidence back to the council. We don’t trust the ANC are doing enough to get rid of her, but if they do make that decision, they must elect a mayor who puts the people of Durban first. We’ll work with anyone with those best interests at heart, but everyone in their leadership structure is implicated in corruption.”

Nicole Graham

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