The ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) defended eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede on Wednesday when she made her first court appearance on charges of corruption.
The league claim the charges are a ploy to have her removed because she is female and have called to have her continue in her Council position.
Gumede and the human settlements and infrastructure development chairperson, Mondli Mthembu were both released on R50 000 bail after appearing in court for fraud, corruption and money laundering charges relating to a R208-million tender deal.
The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) said that while someone is innocent until proven guilty they are concerned that the City’s first citizen is being accused of corrupt activities and is calling to have Gumede step down as mayor.
At a special meeting of the Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) which was held on March 26, the ANC concluded that any elected leaders who are accused of serious criminal charges will be removed.
Outa spokesperson Tim Tyrell suggests that the ANC remove Gumede from office as she is facing fraud, corruption, intimidation and breaking several laws.
Court is expected to resume on August 8.