- Fired eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede has reacted to her removal with indignation, saying that she will be looking to the ANC for answers
- This comes as the ruling party elected to remove her from her top job, citing incompetence and not corruption as the reason why
- Gumede is not taking the news lying down, claiming that it is all part of an alleged plot to assassinate her character
Zandile Gumede has every intention of appealing her dismissal as the head of the eThekwini Metro.
Speaking to News24, the now-former mayor indicated her dismay at the ANC's decision to dethrone her:
"My councillors, 85% are clear in their programme. They are saying, if Ma goes what will happen? They arrested me on my birthday and they crucified me in Women's Month. This was an orchestrated attack on my character."
Gumede says she will be writing to the ruling party's national executive committee to determine why she has been dubbed incompetent.
The politician insists that she is a leader 'internationally', with 'accolades' to her name, demanding answers over her ousting:
"I'm being shut down not to do my oversight. I'm not going to allow that. I'm not going to be taking that lying down. I'll be using real instruments of my organisation. You can't suppress me because I'm a women. Enough is enough."
Briefly.co.za reported that Gumede had been arrested on corruption and fraud charges relating to a R200 million tender and was subsequently placed on 'indefinite leave' by the ANC.
This was surprisingly not the reason behind the provincial executive committee's decision to remove her from office, with the PEC claiming that they were firing her based on incompetence instead.
Gumede took the opportunity to blast claims that she had been targeted due to her allegiance to ex-president Jacob Zuma:
"There is President Ramaphosa now. I respect former leaders. I entered during his time, however, I'm no Zuma ally."
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