Embattled Durban Mayor Gumede quotes Zuma to supporters outside court

Embattled Durban Mayor Gumede quotes Zuma to supporters outside court

- Zandile Gumede quoted Jacob Zuma while addressing her supporters

- She said that only the court could determine if she had broken the law

- This comes as the ANC is expected to meet this weekend to discuss Gumede's political future

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Durban mayor Zandile Gumede quoted former president Jacob Zuma outside court on Thursday following the postponement of the case against her.

"As Nxamalala [Jacob Zuma's clan name] once said‚ 'the matter is sub judice'‚" Gumede said, "You can't say I am right or wrong but rather the court will say that."

She made the statement while addressing 250 of her supports who had gathered outside the courthouse to sing and wave placards.

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Gumede also took on the media, saying that journalists should "write what is right", Briefly.co.za has gathered. On Thursday, Gumede also complained that she thought the media had already found her guilty.

"Everything happens for a reason," Gumede told her supporters. "We won't talk too much because we agreed on that but everyone who was in court heard it for themselves."

The mayor faces charges of corruption relating to a Durban Solid Waste tender worth R208 million. Gumede allegedly used her powers as mayor to unlawfully influence the awarding of the tender.

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She remains on special leave as the ANC's KwaZulu-Natal provincial executive committee has not yet decided whether to recall the mayor. Gumede is also currently out on R50 000 bail. 

However, the ANC is set to meet once again over the weekend to discuss Gumede and what should be done. Several commentators have speculated that this meeting may determine Gumede's political future.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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