Durban – The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) said on Tuesday that it would take legal action against eThekwini Municipality if it did not act against its graft accused mayor, Zandile Gumede.
OUTA has previously publicly called on Gumede to step aside and also called on the African National Congress (ANC) to recall her as mayor.
“The lack of any form of oversight undertaken by the eThekwini Metro against the criminally charged Mayor Zandile Gumede and her co-accused, is an insult to city residents and if action is not taken soon OUTA will explore legal recourse to hold the eThekwini council to account,” said OUTA KZN provincial manager, Tim Tyrrell.
He said OUTA had written to the city’s executive committee members on July 1 and told them that their inaction on Gumede would amount to “a dereliction of duty” and that OUTA reserved its rights in order to ensure that the interests of the community prevailed.
Tyrrell said there was a substantial body of evidence within the public domain suggesting that Gumede and her co-accused -- executive committee councillor Mondli Mthembu -- had breached the code of conduct for councillors, as set out in the Municipal Systems Act, schedule 1, paragraph 11.