Today is the deadline given to the recalled mayor of eThekwini and others affected by the ANC to hand over relevant documents and officially tender her resignation. However, there is still no clarity if Zandile Gumede has met up with the ANC’s imposed deadline. Gumede, who was given her marching orders following a KwaZulu-Natal provincial working committee (PWC) meeting last week, had until noon on Monday to hand in her resignation.
Ricardo Mthembu, ANC provincial spokesperson told journalists at noon today that he wasn’t sure Gumede had sent that resignation, but he believed she would. He said “Zandile is a cadre of the movement. She has been in the ANC and its leadership for some time, and she understands the ANC more than anyone. I don’t think there will be any problems with her resignation. We cannot single out her resignation from other resignations, but I believe she is co-operating.”
Mthembu confirmed the party had received resignations from some members of the eThekwini executive committee, but would not confirm which members. “We have been receiving resignation letters. I am not in a position right now to tell you which letters because they are submitted to the provincial secretary’s office, but I can confirm letters have already been submitted.”
The provincial working committee had on Thursday announced that Zandile Gumede, Themba Njilo and their respective executive committee members, would have vacated their seats to make way for the new leadership.
Mdumiseni Ntuli, ANC KZN provincial secretary said Mxolisi Kaunda, current MEC for transport in KwaZulu-Natal, would replace Gumede and Mzimkhulu Thebolla would be the uMsunduzi mayoral candidate. The secretary revealed that the party expects the new members of the executive to take their seats before the end of August.
All this new development comes in following several uncertainty over the fate of the recalled mayor of eThekwini and her link to a controversial municipality tender.