The controversial mayor of eThekwini Zandile Gumede seem not to be backing down even after withdrawing her resignation letter as she has complained to Luthuli House that the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal has treated her unfairly in the process that led to her removal.
The Confrontational mayor withdrew her resignation on Wednesday following a meeting with her followers the previous day.
Ace Magashule, ANC secretary-general revealed that Gumede contacted him, complaining about how the party’s provincial leaders had treated her. He said “She has communicated to me that she has not been fairly treated. We said ‘we have been communicating with the leadership. Just be patient and allow us space as the national leadership.” He also revealed that Gumede had met the top six two weeks ago and told them her side of the story.
Mthembu who still insists on the provincial decision said “We have said to the mayor of eThekwini ‘we have heard you. There is provincial leadership in the province. We will consult the leadership of the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal. “We have heard the side of the mayor, we will hear the leadership of the ANC.” He also said the provincial leaders will defend their decision.
Ricardo Mthembu, ANC KZN spokesperson said there was nothing unfair about Gumede’s remova. He said “I don’t think to ask a person to leave a position is unfair. “We followed process, the same process that was followed when she was deployed.” KZN ANC officials are expected to meet with the party’s top six on Monday to tell their side of the story.
Zandile Gumede caused a crisis for the ANC in KZN on Wednesday by withdrawing her resignation; this forced the party to call off a council meeting that was to be convened to elect her successor, transport MEC
Earlier this month, the ANC decided to remove Gumede as mayor after a government report revealed that the level of service provision had declined under her watch in eThekwini. The report also revealed a spike in service delivery related protests in the area.