- 14 ANC councillors in KZN have been suspended for protesting against Zandile Gumede's firing
- They reportedly stormed meetings and caused a scene
- This comes as Gumede has still not tendered her resignation
The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal has suspended 14 councillors who protested the firing of eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede.
The councillors allegedly disrupted meetings because they were unhappy with Gumede's dismissal.
Previously, supporters of Gumede staged a protest in the Durban CBD which brought business in the city centre to a halt.
The ANC in the province says that the protesting councillors brought the party into disrepute. Provincial secretary Mdumiseni Ntuli says that suspensions were necessary to punish this ill-discipline, IOL has reported.
These councillors were protesting because Gumede, along with several other government figures, was recently removed from office, ostensibly to be redeployed elsewhere. However, neither Gumede nor axed Msunduzi mayor Themba Njilo have handed in their resignations, according to The South African.
The party's provincial secretary says they are expecting to receive these resignations in the next few days, Briefly.co.za has gathered. In the meantime, ANC Provincial MEC for Transport and Safety Mxolisi Kaunda has been selected to replace Gumede.
Despite her axing, Gumede continues to enjoy significant support, evident by the councillors who were suspended. Gumede also maintains that she did nothing wrong and has said that she will fight the accusations against her.
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