Durban – Die-hard supporters of criminally charged Durban Mayor Zandile Gumede braved the cold on Wednesday night and finally got their night vigil under way.
The vigil was supposed to start at 7 pm, but by 9 pm no supporters were in sight. There had been confusion about a potential venue.
By midnight though, the mayor's backers - draped in African National Congress (ANC) regalia and singing struggle songs - were marching through the city streets and eventually settled at the ANC headquarters in Durban.
Had Gumede's leave not been extended by provincial ANC leadership, she would have been expected back at work on Thursday.
One of the organisers of the vigil and previous events hosted in support of Gumede, Mzo Dube, told African News Agency (ANA) late on Wednesday night that the protesters would be gathering at Durban city hall on Thursday morning to "welcome" the mayor back as her leave had "lapsed".