SACP wants embattled Durban mayor to resign

By Doug Mattushek - 01 August 2019Views : 752

The KwaZulu-Natal branch of the South African Communist Party has called for the resignation of embattled eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede.

Gumede was suspended after she and 12 co-accused were charged with criminal offences in May with regards to R208 million worth of Durban Solid Waste tenders.

Phumlami Mthembu, the SACP’s regional secretary, reminded the ANC of their political alliance a penned letter and threatened action if Gumede is not forced to resign within two weeks. 

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"When you have been implicated in corruption, it is better that you resign," Mthembu told the press in Durban.

"As we are in alliance with the ANC we [are] supposed to be discussing the issue of the councillors who must be recalled. We have been calling for ANC to come to the meetings.

"Hence we are now writing an open letter to the provincial leadership so that something can be done. If the ANC fails to listen to us, people will have to take action and we are going to mobilise them to take action.

“The party believes the tender system is opportunistically used by a parasitic network ganging up to loot state resources."