Durban - In rebuilding the eThekwini metro after years of political turbulence, the ANC in KZN is expected to choose the best and seasoned in local governance matters within its ranks to replace Zandile Gumede who was sacked a few days ago.
The party will also consider continuity as it does not want to eventually lose the only metro in KZN.
Setting the precedent in appointing capable members of the opposition to ANC-led structures, was former President Thabo Mbeki who in 2004 appointed Mosibudi Mangena as the minister of science and technology.
Prior to that, Mangena who was the President of the Azanian People's Organisation (AZAPO) also served as a Deputy Minister of Education from 2001 to 27 April 2004 under Mbeki.
Emulating Mbeki in May this year when he finally announced his 2019-2024 cabinet, President Cyril Ramaphosa appointed Patricia De Lille, the leader of the GOOD party, as the minister of Public works and Infrastructure. While the move was met by murmurs from some in the ruling party, it showed that the culture of looking beyond the party and alliance for capable leaders was not totally flushed out.