DURBAN – The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal announced on Tuesday that eThekwini Municipality deputy mayor Fawzia Peer would step into the role of mayor during Zandile Gumede’s 30 day leave period.
ANC KZN provinical secretary Mdumiseni Ntuli was briefing the media about the outcomes of the party’s provincial executive committee meeting (PEC), held over the weekend. He was speaking at the ANC KZN headquarters in Durban.
Ntuli reiterated it had been resolved that Gumede, senior ANC eThekwini councillor Mondli Mthembu and Newcastle mayor Dr. Ntuthuko Mahlaba would all be placed on leave for 30 days.
All three are facing serious criminal charges.
“It is the expectation of the ANC that whenever a comrade is arrested, besides the charges that are imposed on them, there is usually a cloud that engulfs the area where they are deployed,” said Ntuli.
He said that the “cloud” manifested in several ways, including conspiracy theories about their arrests and “the propagation of information that the arrests are the result of internal challenges within the ANC”.
The PEC had thus resolved that the “comrades” would step aside for 30 days while the party took up concerns relating to their arrests, he said.