Durban - With the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal set to confirm its axing of embattled eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede at a press briefing it has scheduled for Tuesday, Twitter has been abuzz with news of the removal of the most senior person at the province's only Metro.
On Sunday and Monday the ANC’s Provincial Executive Committee had been holed up in a meeting, deliberating Gumede’s future and the futures of several other mayors in the province including Newcastle mayor Dr Ntuthuko Mashaba and Msunduzi mayor Themba Njilo.
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 15 January 2020.
Under the #ZandileGumede on Twitter Khulekani Ngcobo (@marazo_s) posted “James Nxumalo having a last laugh”, in reference to Gumede’s predecessor who was ousted from the mayoral position following a bruising eThekwini ANC regional conference in 2015.
@IsaacNathi posted: “The time for everyone to turn his/her back against the #ANC is now. #Ramaphosa went to argue that he doesn’t know how to fire the most corrupt #PravinGordhan but when it comes to the most dedicated leaders like #ZandileGumede it is easy.”