Official announcement: Zandile Gumede has been removed as eThekwini mayor

It’s official, the African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal have announced that eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede has been axed, and as the broom begins to sweep clean, Msunduzi Mayor Themba Njilo will be asked to step aside with more changes expected.

After many weeks of debates by the Provincial executive Committee (PEC) it was decided that Gumede should be removed from her role and redeployed somewhere else.

Reports by the Provincial Working Committee (PWC) reflect that both eThekwini and Msunduzi municipalities are in need of urgent attention and ANC members serving as Exco members at these municipal areas will be redeployed with immediate effect.

Ntuli said that all vacancies must be filled within seven days.

Gumede was arrested earlier this year on charges of corruption relating to a R208-million Durban Solid Waste tender but was released on bail of R50 000 and placed on special leave while the PEC debated whether to dismiss her or not.

The PEC were unable to agree on what steps to take with Gumede due to her influence in the KZN province.

According to News24, provincial secretary Mdumiseni Ntuli said that the PWC had held week-long meetings with all municipalities before compiling their report and noting complaints from citizens regarding service delivery in the areas.

The PWC noted in their report that in some areas the infrastructure created challenges to raise revenue and poor planning meant that municipal grants were not properly dispersed.

They also found there was a pattern in unethical behaviour and that the municipalities did not comply with the Auditor General’s suggested regulations.

Gumede is expected to appear in the Durban Specialised Commercial Crimes court in January 2020.