Durban - Axed eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede is set to return to the municipality to work as an ordinary councillor.
Her decision to surrender her mayoral chain and retain her crucial seat as a councillor comes as the ANC in the council deals with two vacancies that have yet to be filled. This comes after it appointed Mxolisi Kaunda as the new eThekwini mayor, Belinda Scott as his deputy and Weziwe Thusi as the Speaker.
KZN ANC spokesperson Ricardo Mthembu confirmed that Gumede was returning as a councillor, adding they were “working” on the issue of accommodating one of the three new faces.
“They (Gumede and all those axed) are still councillors because they only resigned in the positions they were assigned to, but not as councillors.
“To be a mayor, you first have to be a councillor She will continue to be an ordinary councillor until the ANC decides where she will be deployed to,” said Mthembu.