Durban - KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala spoke publicly on Wednesday for the first time about the axing of eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede, saying there was no crisis.
Gumede, who is currently out on R50 000 bail, is facing fraud related charges in connection with a 2016 R208 million Durban Solid Waste (DSW) tender and is set to return to the Durban Commercial Crimes Court on January 15, 2020.
Zikalala, addressing the provincial Climate Change and Sustainable Development summit in Durban said the provincial government was keeping an eye on Durban and Msunduzi where mayor Themba Njilo was also axed on Monday. Zikalala spoke on the issue as ANC Women's League President Bathabile Dlamini took a swipe at the ANC KwaZulu-Natal leadership over its decision to fire Gumede.
Dlamini, speaking on Tuesday in Parktown said the ANCWL was planning to meet with the ANC provincial leadership on Thursday over its decision to fire Gumede.
“We are very unhappy about this culture that has been going on, a culture of making it easy to remove women from the positions they occupy,” Dlamini said.