- The ANC has resolved to fire Zandile Gumede and several other government officials
- This follows allegations of fraud and corruption against Gumede
- Gumede had been on special leave, which was extended twice
The ANC's KwaZulu-Natal provincial executive committee (PEC) has decided to fire Durban Mayor Zandile Gumede and Msunduzi Mayor Themba Njilo.
This comes after Gumede was arrested on charges of fraud and corruption relating to a Durban Solid Waste tender worth an estimated R200 million. She is currently out on R50 000 bail and her case is set to continue in January 2020.
The PEC placed Gumede on special leave after the allegations were made, which it extended twice, before resolving to dismiss her.
The committee held an emergency meeting over the weekend in which it took the decision to axe Gumede and Njilo, Briefly.co.za has gathered. This follows significant tensions within the party in Msunduzi, in particular, with one faction supporting Cyril Ramaphosa and another still loyal to former president Jacob Zuma.
Gumede and Njilo were not the only government officials who were fired. Several of their deputies and alleged co-conspirators were also dismissed. A spokesperson for the PEC said that all these vacant posts would be filled within the next week, according to News24.
The PEC added that it based its decision to fire these officials on a number of considerations, among them poor service delivery in the metros, maladministration and an inability to comply with regulations.
At least one political analyst, however, has suggested that it is relevant that the corruption allegations were not cited as the single biggest reason for the firing. This suggests that Gumede, Njilo and others may not be totally gone from government and may be redeployed in the coming weeks or months.
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