- ANC insiders say that there could be signicicant tension inside the ANC if the party decides to extend Zandile Gumede's leave
- Some sources say that this may even lead to violence
- Gumede has a group of loyal supporters who have already marched in protest of her suspension
Compromised eThekwini Mayor, Zandile Gumede's 30-day "special leave" ended on Tuesday, but the ANC has not yet formally decided whether to extend her leave.
Reportedly, if the party opts to do so, it could lead to significant infighting in the province.
Gumede was placed on leave after she was arrested on corruption charges relating to a dubious waste removal tender.
Mdumiseni Ntuli, the ANC's secretary-general in the province, said that Gumede's leave would be temporarily extended until such time as an official decision could be made, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
However, the issue could cause significant tension inside the ANC, with some sources even telling News24 that it could lead to violence.
This is because Gumede has a staunch group of supporters behind her. Indeed, these supporters have been accused of using force in the past, such as when they clashed with police. Already, some party members loyal to Gumede have protested outside ANC headquarters following her suspension.
Gumede is currently out on R50 000 bail and faces charges of fraud and corruption. Nevertheless, Gumede has expressed confidence that she will return to office once her leave comes to and end.
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