Durban - Ethekwini mayor Zandile Gumede is expected back at work on Tuesday.
While her staff are preparing for her return to office, the ANC provincial leadership must still decide on the next step after it forced her to take a 30-day leave of absence.
In May, Gumede appeared before the city’s Commercial Crimes Court on fraud charges related to a R208 million Durban Solid Waste (DSW) tender in which 62 councillors were also implicated. She is out on R50000 bail and is expected back in court in August. Both her spokesman Mthunzi Gumede and her advocate Jay Naidoo confirmed the 30-day leave the ANC had asked her to take, ends tomorrow.
While the mayor vowed to return to work after the period of forced leave, as resigning would seem like an admission of guilt for something she did not do, the DA is having none of that. Executive committee councillor Thabani Mthethwa said they were in talks with their legal advisors.
“We have looked at whether she was in breach of her bail conditions when she presented the budget at the end of May and presided over EXCO.