Zandile Gumede comes to Bathabile Dlamini's defence after backlash

Zandile Gumede comes to Bathabile Dlamini's defence after backlash

- Bathabile Dlamini has received an endorsement from none other than ex-eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede

- The disgraced politician recently returned to Parliament, inciting widespread backlash

- Gumede came out in support for the ex-minister, adamant leaders had applied their minds when appointing her

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Former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede has come to ex-minister Bathabile Dlamini's defence after her appointment as the interim chair of the Social Housing Regulatory Authority board.

IOL reports that Gumede insisted those in charge had 'applied their minds' when they found Dlamini suitable for the position. reported that this development had met widespread criticism from citizens, who had signalled their relief when President Cyril Ramaphosa elbowed her out of cabinet.

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Gumede raised her opinion on the situation at an eThekwini ANC task team meeting, where she claimed enemies were hard at work attempting to divide the movement:

“When the ANC deploys the ANCWL President Cde Bathabile to head a government agency, the enemy saw an opportunity to attack Comrade Lindiwe Sisulu and other leaders of the ANC. These are the wedge drivers that President Oliver Tambo warned us about. Be careful comrades the enemy is very busy, even here in our region. They will use our divisions to liquidate the ANC.”

On whether or not Gumede approves of Dlamini for the position, the ex-mayor commented:

“We should stop the habit of linking unrelated events. I think the deployment of Mama Bathabile was correctly carried out, all the leaders sat down and applied their mind to it. So we must stop linking unrelated events. Yes, she was a leader under former president (Jacob) Zuma and that does not mean she does not respect or recognise the sitting president (Cyril Ramaphosa)."

Zandile Gumede is currently facing charges of corruption relating to a controversial sanitation tender.

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