Durban - Former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede has retracted her resignation in what the ANC national spokesperson Pule Mabe has described as an act of defiance.
KwaZulu-Natal ANC spokesperson Ricardo Mthembu had on Thursday told Independent Media that Gumede had written a letter to inform the provincial leadership that she had withdrawn her resignation that she had submitted on Monday.
“We can confirm that we received the letter that she is withdrawing her resignation. However, we are going to continue as planned with the swearing in of the new mayor, deputy mayor and speaker and all exco councillors next week.
“The letter is in the hands of the officials who will be dealing with it,” said Mthembu.
Gumede was expected to vacate the city’s top position to make way for newly appointed mayor Mxolisi Kaunda, who resigned as transport, community safety and liaison MEC to take up the new position.