Durban – The African Christian Democratic Party has added its voice to the growing list of political parties, civil society groups, and citizens calling on criminally charged eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede to step down.
“The ACDP believes that the eThekwini municipality will not function as it could with mayor Zandile Gumede at the helm. We therefore add our voice to the many calling on Gumede to step aside,” ACDP leader Kenneth Meshoe said on Saturday.
Meshoe said the ACDP was making the call after studying a copy of the “damning affidavit” submitted to the Durban Commercial Crimes Court by the lead investigator in the case.
"Should Gumede not step aside of her own volition – and there is no indication as yet that she will - the African National Congress must, without delay, instruct her to do so.
"This is necessary to ensure service delivery at the municipality continues, but more importantly, that service delivery improves. Gumede stepping aside is also imperative to ensure municipal witnesses in the case are not intimidated,” said Meshoe.