Mayor Zandile Gumede gone at last, but who will take her place?

Mayor Zandile Gumede gone at last, but who will take her place?

- On Thursday, MEC Mxolisi Kaunda will take over as mayor of Durban

- He will replaced the embattled Zandile Gumede who handed in her resignation this week

- The IFP welcomed the selection of Kaunda, but says they want him to root out corruption

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Mxolisi Kaunda will be sworn in as Durban's new mayor on Thursday following the formal resignation of Zandile Gumede.

Kaunda currently serves as MEC for Transport and Public Safety.

This comes after Gumede and several other officials were axed by the ANC earlier this month.

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Acting mayor Fawzia Peer will continue in her post until Kaunda takes over, has gathered. Kaunda will be sworn in at a full council meeting later this week, according to the Mail & Guardian. 

The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal hopes that this will put an end to the months of infighting that has divided the party. Indeed, as late as last week some ANC councillors loyal to Gumede marched and staged a protest. As a result, a spokesperson for the party in the province, Ricardo Mthembu, welcomed the resignations of Gumede.

"They have assisted the ANC in uniting itself," he said.

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The IFP also welcomed Gumede's resignation, but already has many expectations for the new mayor. IOL has reported that the IFP's chief concern is that Kaunda takes on the corruption in the municipality. 

"The task at hand now for the new mayor should be to focus solely on ridding the entire municipality of the rot," said the IFP's KZN chairperson, Thami Ntuli.

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