Zandile Gumede, the Durban mayor embroiled in a tender fraud scandal, has defied the ANC's instruction to stand down following her arrest and subsequent court appearance. Instead, Gumede rallied supporters who marched to the ANC provincial headquarters earlier this week to demand she stays put.
Zandile Gumede has refused to sign a letter from the ANC instructing her to take a 30-day leave of absence pending a final decision on whether or not she will be removed from office.
Instead, the Durban mayor had rallied her supporters to march to the ANC provincial headquarters, demanding that she stays in office.
According to The Mail and Guardian, Gumede is on a war path, turning up at City Hall on Monday, defying the party's ruling that members charged with serious offences should resign.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that the mayor is facing charges relating to a R208 million tender, accused of fraud, corruption and money-laundering along with other implicated officials.
An ANC official, who opted not to be named, commented on the situation, saying that:
“After the meeting they left her a letter saying she should resign or take 30 days' leave while province and national decide what to do. She refused to sign it. She is a law unto herself. [She believes that] the region and the province can’t tell her what to do.”
Meanwhile, a source in the Hawks indicated that Gumede may well be in deeper trouble than originally thought:
“This is not the only matter we are investigating. There are several cases that are currently active and which are not yet complete. There is a problem with getting people to come forward, because they are concerned about their own security.”
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