- Zandile Gumede's supporters hope to get her re-elected as ANC provincial chairperson
- They also have their sights on getting Gumede back into the mayor's office
- Her loyalists are also going to court to oppose her dismissal
Supporters of fired eThekwini Zandile Gumede hope to get her back into office.
They are pushing for Gumede to be re-elected as ANC eThekwini chairperson later this year.
From there, her loyalists will reportedly try get Gumede into the running for mayor once again in the 2021 elections.
Gumede's supporters will also be heading to court to fight the KZN ANC provincial executive committee's (PEC) decision to fire Gumede and various other senior government officials, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
Reportedly, Gumede's die-hards are currently looking into the report which the PEC used as the basis for its redeployment of Gumede and several other senior ANC figures in the province, including Msunduzi mayor Themba Njilo.
The embattled former mayor appears to enjoy considerable support from a number of ANC members. For example, some of Gumede's loyalists engaged in violent protests in the Durban city centre following Gumede's arrest in May, according to the Mail & Guardian. They have threatened to do so again if the ANC takes further action against Gumede.
Additionally, Mzomuhle Dube, a spokesperson for one of the ANC factions loyal to Gumede, has described the firing of Gumede and others as a "purge". In Dube's view, these officials were removed from office because they were seen as hostile to the ANC's so-called "unity" slate, which supports Cyril Ramaphosa.
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