The two hugging was significant as there have been reports that relations between the two had been frosty.
Gumede is currently fighting corruption charges relating to a R208 million Durban Solid Waste tender scandal. Voting for council speaker is still underway as 199 ballots have been printed.
Before the voting started, there was a debate over the process as the ANC wanted a direct vote for the council speaker, while other parties wanted for there to be due process and a presiding officer elected.
The proceedings are currently being conducted by Sipho Nzuza, who is the city manager and acting chairperson for this full council meeting.
Security have locked the doors of city hall as councillors vote via secret ballot for the new executive.
The ANC has nominated former Transport MEC Mxolisi Kaunda as mayor, and former Finance MEC, Belinda Scott as deputy Mayor. Weziwe Thusi has been nominated as speaker.
Gumede is expected to continue as an ordinary councillor.