Durban - The Democratic Alliance (DA) in eThekwini has launched a bid to force suspended eThekwini mayor, Zandile Gumede, out of office.
If successful, the party would like to see the back of Gumede on July 31 this year when the municipality holds it next council meeting.
The party’s caucus leader in the council, Nicole Graham, said they have requested that the motion be decided by secret ballot as the culture of political violence and intimidation demands that people be allowed to express their democratic will without fear.
“We intend to use available provisions of the Structures Act to vote Gumede off the Executive Committee, and thus out of her Mayoral seat. The ANC is not willing to take decisive action against Gumede. The matter of her future has been bandied about for ages, with her 30-day leave now seemingly extended indefinitely. While Gumede is on holiday, eThekwini residents continue to pay her R115 000 per month salary,” Grahama said.
However, the leader of the backers of Gumede, Mzomuhle Dube, poured cold water on the motion, saying the DA is just passing time and said their motion will not succeed despite the divisions within ANC ranks in the council.