Durban - Former KwaZulu-Natal legislature deputy speaker Meshack Radebe has revealed that he pleaded with former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede to accept the ANC’s decision to fire her from the city’s top position.
Speaking to Independent Media on Wednesday at his retirement homestead of Maqongqo village outside Pietermaritzburg, Radebe said he was concerned about the direction the ANC was taking. He said it started at the party’s elective conference in Nasrec in 2017. He said this is where he witnessed leaders giving away cash in exchange for votes.
Radebe and Gumede are known staunch supporters of former president Jacob Zuma and they campaigned for Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma to win against President Cyril Ramaphosa.
He said when he spoke to Gumede on Monday morning, he noticed that she was not angry but she was confused about the provincial executive committee (PEC)’s decision to recall her.
“If the ANC say she must step aside, she must step aside.