- The ANC is considering electing Zandile Gumede as chairperson of cooperative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta)
- This has caused a widespread outcry from opposition parties and the public
- The Democratic Alliance and the Economic Freedom Fighters have expressed their opinions about the situation
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The African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) is still considering electing former eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede as chairperson of cooperative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta).
This has caused widespread outcry from opposition parties as Gumede is currently facing criminal charges.
Last year she was arrested and was released on R50 000 bail after she was linked to an alleged case of fraud involving a multi-million-rand tender. Gumede was sworn in as a KZN MP after Ricardo Mthembu passed away after contracting Covid-19, according to EWN.
She said that she is still a member of the ANC and will be active in eThekwini.
"Well, I am not completely lost to eThekwini as branches of the ANC still want me to be their regional chairperson. I only left the local government sphere, but since I am a member of the ANC I will still be active in eThekwini.
“Regarding my deployment as a member of the provincial legislature, God and the ANC have wiped my tears as you will recall that what happened last year, happened during this month. Equally, I am happy that this appointment came at the right time, during the month of women,” Gumede said.
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She is aware of the general outcry which has been raised by opposition parties and the public, according to IOL.
“I have noted the nasty comments from the public. What they must know is that up to today, the state has not even formulated charges against me yet they have concluded (their opinions) about me. So people must know that and stick to the established principle of one being presumed innocent until proven guilty,” she said.
The ANC has doubled down on their decision on the appointment:
“The ANC KZN is fully aware of detractors who will seek to use Cde Gumede's ongoing court case to criticize the appointment, however, we subscribe to the notion of innocent until proven guilty as enshrined in our justice system and, as such, there is nothing untoward about the appointment of Cde Gumede.
“As a firm believer in women empowerment, the ANC KZN is confident that Cde Gumede, with her experience, is a worthwhile addition to the legislature,” the party said in a statement.
The Democratic Alliance has released a statement expressing their disgust at the appointment of Gumede.
"The Democratic Alliance is disgusted by the ANC’s move to elect Zandile Gumede to a cushy seat in the KZN legislature. Gumede, who served as eThekwini’s mayor from 2016 to 2019 and brought the City to its knees, is out on bail in an elaborate corruption and fraud case relating to Durban Solid Waste.
"The ANC recalled her as mayor and removed her off the eThekwini EXCO but have not taken any action against her in the municipality and she has remained an ordinary councillor until now.
"The 62 councillors who were named in court as having worked with Gumede have also not been suspended, despite four of them having also been arrested.
"Gumede’s grip on eThekwini’s politics and purse continue. Her elaborate EPWP scheme, which has been repeatedly flagged by both the audit committee and the Auditor General, has twice been refunded by the new city leadership.
"One of the four companies listed as Gumede’s co-conspirators continues to receive municipal tenders, including a R17 million water tender in February this year.
"It is obvious that the former mayor is a powerful figure in the ANC who has protection in high places. Why else would she earn a promotion back to the legislature when her absolute disgraceful behaviour is so clear for all to see?
"The ANC is a criminal organisation with no intention of rooting out corruption or holding its own who do wrong accountable. This move is a slap in the face of every eThekwini resident and indeed of every resident of KZN who now has to foot the bill for Gumede’s lifestyle."
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The EFF has also expressed how they feel, they share similar sentiments to the DA:
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that former eThekwini mayor, Zandile Gumede is officially an honourable member of the KwaZulu-Natal legislature.
The ANC politician was sworn in on Wednesday afternoon as an ANC MPL. She replaces the late MPL Ricardo Mthembu, who passed away from Covid-19 in June.
Gumede was removed as mayor by the ANC in KZN after she was accused of corruption. There is an ongoing R430 million corruption case against her and her 17 others.
News of her return has gone viral on social media and South Africans are not happy at all.
In other news, former eThekwini mayor, Zandile Gumede is officially an honourable member of the KwaZulu-Natal legislature. The ANC politician was sworn in on Wednesday afternoon as an ANC MPL.
She replaces the late MPL Ricardo Mthembu, who passed away from Covid-19 in June. Gumede was removed as mayor by the ANC in KZN after she was accused of corruption. There is an ongoing R430 million corruption case against her and her 17 others.
The former mayor appeared in the Durban Commercial Crimes Court in July on charges pertaining to a case of tender fraud from 2016. The case was postponed to next month.
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