Durban - The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Tuesday said it welcomes the reports that corruption charges have been laid against eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede and Councillor Mondli Mthembu.
Mthembu is a member of EXCO and Chair of the Human Settlements and Infrastructure Cluster.
Gumede was seen at the Durban Commercial Crimes Court on Tuesday morning, where she was expected to face corruption charges.
"The fact that this only happened after the election- whilst contractors and municipal officials have already been arrested in cases that implicate both Gumede and Mthembu - is a clear indication of a deal that was struck to save face for the ANC," said a statement from the DA in eThekwini, which was issued by Councillor Nicole Graham, DA Leader- eThekwini.
"The DA have been calling for Gumede’s axing for some time. Her reign at the helm of eThekwini has been characterized by poor performance, maladministration and corruption," added the statement.