- The ANC is scrambling to distance itself from rumours that Zandile Gumede has bagged a top job heading up a portfolio committee
- The rumour regarding the appointment came just days after her controversial shift to provincial legislature
- Now, the ANC has denied nominating Gumede as the new chairperson of the KZN COGTA portfolio committee
The ANC has denied rumours that Zandile Gumede has landed herself a top job as the leader of a provincial committee in KZN.
Democratic Alliance KZN leader Zwakele Mncwango had originally claimed that Premier Sihle Zikalala had lied to citizens when he said Gumede would be an ordinary MP in the provincial legislature.
Mncwango's comments on the controversial appointment quickly went viral on social media:
“She has been appointed as a new chairperson of Cogta portfolio committee. The same ANC publicly said she was removed as a mayor for poor performance in eThekwini municipality, but now she must hold all KZN municipalities and the MEC accountable. These ANC people are not taking us seriously."
IOL reports that both ANC spokesperson Nhlakanipho Ntombela and legislature spokesperson Wesley Canham have denied the rumour. News24 has also confirmed that the party is denying the rumour.
Both pointed out that the chairperson of any committee gets elected during a sitting of the said committee, which has yet to happen.
Nevertheless, Mncwango insists the ANC has nominated Gumede to take over the post:
"Technically they are correct that she is not yet the chairperson. That is just a formality as I have information that the ANC has nominated her and they will get their way as they are majority in the committee."
Essentially, this means the writing is already on the wall as far as the corruption-accused politician's future is concerned explained the DA head:
“I am challenging them to come out and tell us who is their nominee for the position if they deny that Gumede is the next chairperson."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Gumede's appointment had been met with public outrage last week. The former eThekwini mayor is facing corruption charges in the tender scandal that saw millions allegedly looted.
Despite ANC promises that corruption would be tackled, Gumede's appointment in the midst of scandal has done little to convince SA that the ruling party intends to clamp down on graft.
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