Durban - Political speculation was rife on Tuesday that the ANC planned wholesale changes at eThekwini Municipality that included not just the axing of embattled Mayor, Zandile Gumede but her deputy, Fawzia Peer too.
This as the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal prepared for a 1pm press conference on Tuesday to spell out the reasons for the changes. On Monday night, Independent Media reported that Provincial Executive Committee had decided to axe Gumede, Speaker of the council, William Mapena and chief whip Neli Nyansia.
The PEC had used a report on the state of eThekwini which showed that the only KZN metro was paralysed due to infighting of the top leadership as the basis for the axing.
Sources within the ANC said the Peer was also expected to get the boot.
In an interview with IOL on Tuesday, Peer said she had not been informed of any plans to axe her.