Former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede has officially resigned

Former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede has officially resigned

- Former Durban mayor Zandile Gumede has handed in her resignation letter

- This comes after a number of delays

- Gumede faces charges of corruption relating a major Durban Solid Waste tender

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Zandile Gumede has formally resigned as eThekwini mayor. The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal confirmed the news on Monday.

Gumede was fired earlier this month but had delayed handing in her resignation.

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Ricardo Mthembu, a spokesperson for the ANC, said that Gumede and several other axed party members had handed in their resignations, according to Times Live. Mthembu praised them for doing so.

"We would like to extend our appreciation to all comrades who sent letters of resignation," he said. "They have assisted the ANC in uniting itself."

Mthembu added that he was not yet sure of all the officials who had resigned but said that resignation letters were coming in. He added that the public would be informed as soon as the ANC had confirmed the resignations.

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For some time, it seemed unclear whether Gumede would hand in her resignation at all. Indeed, some of Gumede's supporters continued to protest on her behalf as late as last week, according to The Citizen. Several ANC councillors loyal to Gumede disrupted meetings and called for Gumede's return. As a result, 14 of these councillors were suspended, has gathered. 

Gumede faces charges of corruption relating to a R200 million Durban Solid Waste tender. She is currently out on R50 000 and her case is set to continue in January 2020.

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