- Disgraced eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede has broken her silence after taking her imposed leave of absence
- Gumede had been instructed by the ANC to extend her leave while the ruling party finalises their investigation
- The mayor is facing fraud and corruption charges relating to a dodgy tender, but is currently out on bail
eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede has broken her silence after her imposed leave of absence came to an end, only to be extended again by the ANC.
Briefly.co.za reported that the ruling party had forced a reluctant Gumede to take time off in order to face down fraud and corruption charges.
Now, Gumede says that her political future is in limbo as she waits for the ANC to finalise an investigation into the matter.
The embattled eThekwini mayor is calling on the party to fast-track their internal investigation so that she can move on with her life:
"I'm waiting for my leaders to let me know when I shall resume my duties."
eNCA reports that Gumede denies mobilising followers to march in support of her plight. Ap-logising to those who anticipated her return after her leave lapsed, she commented:
“I wish to apologise to those who were awaiting my return after my 30-day leave lapsed, but it didn't happen."
Gumede is due back in court on August 8, answering to allegations over irregularly appointed tenders.
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