The African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal is on Tuesday expected to settle reports provided by the provincial executive committee with regards to eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede’s case.
Gumede who was arrested in May on fraud and corruption charges related to a R208 million waste collection tender in 2016 has since been on extended special leave.
During her court appearance last week, the mayor was released under bail conditions which included being prohibited from interacting with some municipal officials.
Her case was postponed to January 2020.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the metro received reports of Gumede’s dismissal.
“She has been aided and abetted by many of the people in the municipality, she has many allies and appointed many municipal staff members who work with her,” said eThekwini DA group head Nicole Graham.
Gumede did not go alone as the party decided to also fire the speaker of the council William Mapena and the chief whip Neli Nyanisa.
Themba Njilo the mayor of besieged Msunduzi (Pietermaritzburg) municipality, the capital of KZN, was also fired. Also fired in Msunduzi was controversial deputy mayor, Thobani Zuma.
The axing of eGumede might be met with backlash and protest in the Durban city as Public Order Police is expected to be on high alert.
The ANC Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) dismissed Gumede from her post as Mayor of eThekwini Municipality on Monday night following a report compiled on the state of the 11 municipalities which include the eThekwini.
The report compiled mentioned infighting, rampant corruption and a complete collapse of service delivery.
ANC KwaZulu-Natal media spokesperson Bongani Mthethwa said an official announcement on the decisions would be made during a press briefing at the Coastlands Hotel in Durban on Tuesday.
“The briefing will reflect on the decisions of the special two-day PEC meeting held to deliberate on the report on local government assessment,” Mthethwa said.
The ANC Women’s League eThekwini regional secretary Zama Sokhabase said they were fully behind the group of party members who are taking the ANC to court demanding the reinstatement of Gumede.
The were no signs of protest or gathering in the Durban CDB except for a number of metro police vehicles around the city hall.
Durban Metro police spokesperson Senior Superintendent Parboo Sewpersad said normal police operations are under way in the city but if there are outbreaks of protests the public order policing units will deal with it efficiently.
Koketso Ramorei is a journalist and news editor of SADC News with years of experience in a number of genres including sports, politics and community reporting. He has worked for a numerous publications including The Citizen Newspaper and is a former editor of a Johannesburg-based off-campus publication called The Waldorfian Times.