Durban - Despite the fact that the ANC in KZN was eventually able to force former eThekwini mayor, Zandile Gumede, out of power after days of her digging her heels in, the two largest opposition parties in the eThekwini municipality said it took the ruling party too long to act.
Gumede and the entire executive council (exco) members from the ruling party resigned on Monday evening after being given a deadline by the party’s provincial secretary, Mdumiseni Ntuli over the weekend.
Reacting to the resignation on Tuesday, Nicole Graham, the caucus leader of the DA in the council, said Gumede’s term was nothing but bad news for Durban residents, and it’s a relief that it’s finally over.
“However, it took the ANC far too long and the damage done to the municipality has been far too great. It’s clear that the ANC acted when the pressure was too great to do anything else, and not out of the genuine need to see Gumede gone. Gumede was on paid leave as instructed by the ANC for three months, and continued to earn her R115 000 monthly salary,” Graham said.
Graham added that their focus now turns to the 62 ANC councillors named in the court case as having worked with Gumede.