Durban - Zandile Gumede, the under-fire mayor of the eThekwini municipality, has been fired by her party, bringing to an end a protracted three-month battle that has created divisions within the party in KwaZulu-Natal.
According to ANC sources who attended the provincial executive meeting (PEC) meeting in Durban, Gumede was supported by several regional supporters who were also backed by other senior provincial executive committee members. However, she was eventually fired.
Gumede did not go alone as the party decided to also fire the speaker of the council William Mapena and the chief whip Neli Nyanisa.
Themba Njilo the mayor of besieged Msunduzi (Pietermaritzburg) municipality, the capital of KZN, was also fired. Also fired in Msunduzi was controversial deputy mayor, Thobani Zuma.
Gumede told Independent Media this week that she would wait for the party's decision before deciding herself whether she would take the party to court.