- Zandile Gumede may be facing a slew of criminal charges, but that hasn't prevented her from attempting a comeback
- The former eThekwini mayor is eyeing out the position of ANC regional chairperson
- This comes as the ruling party braces itself for the possibility of losing its Durban stronghold
Zandile Gumede has reportedly been lobbying for support as she attempts to become the ANC's regional chairperson in KwaZulu-Natal.
Briefly.co.za reported that the eThekwini mayor had been arrested on charges of fraud, corruption and money laundering and is currently out on R50 000 bail.
The embattled politician is attempting to play the unity card ahead of the eThekwini conference, reports City Press.
With the ruling party anticipating the possibility of losing Durban in the coming local government elections, Gumede has seized her opportunity to salvage her career.
The former mayor is adamant the charges against her are politically motivated and her followers are singing the same tune.
Prominent ANC branch leader Thabani Nyawose is also eyeing the coveted position, reportedly prompting Gumede to offer him a post as deputy chair.
Nyawose, an integral part of Cyril Ramaphosa's campaign to lead the ANC, has rejected the attempt to 'try and find common ground'.
Provincial secretary Mdumiseni Ntuli is concerned the race to become elected could cost the ANC the region:
“What we are inculcating in the comrades is that if eThekwini were to be in a contest similar to what we saw in 2015, we are going to lose the city. So it is immaterial whether you won at the conference or not in this case because we will lose the city. People of eThekwini sent a signal last year that they were not happy with the state of affairs. They are not happy with the way we elevate our own differences in matters which affect society.”
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