ANC KwaZulu-Natal chairperson, Sihle Zikalala, says that members who are facing serious charges will be recalled should they refuse to voluntarily step aside. This comes as the KZN Provincial Executive Committee resolved that eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede must take a 30-day leave of absence.
Sihle Zikalala warns that ANC members who are facing serious charges will face being recalled should they refuse to voluntarily step aside when the party calls for it.
This comes as Zandile Gumede, eThekwini mayor, takes a month-long leave of absence in light of fraud and corruption charges against her.
The embattled mayor says she will respect and abide by her party's decision, commenting that:
"I've been consulting with my lawyers because the issue is in court. So, after the resolution of our ANC PEC, from tomorrow, which is Monday, I'm going to be taking a leave of absence."
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Zikalala warned defiant members that their party membership will be on the line should they not adhere to ANC requests for them to step aside:
"If that comrade doesn't follow that decision, it will mean we will have to recall that comrade, and not recalling him or her through negotiation, but recalling through convening the structure and ensure that members of the ANC vote out that person."
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that Gumede will know what the future holds for her by the end of the 30-day period.
eNCA reports that eThekwini will likely have a new mayor soon, with Gumede locked in a legal battle over alleged tender fraud.
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