Ousted mayor Gumede: They crucified me

By Doug Mattushek - 14 August 2019Views : 804

Axed eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede revealed that she will be appealing her removal from office.

The embattled Gumede has been under fire since May when she was arrested on corruption charges relating to a R208 million tender with Durban Solid Waste. The ANC’s Provincial Executive Committee then met for two days, after which Gumede was fired.

"They arrested me on my birthday and they crucified me in Women's Month," she told News24.

"This was an orchestrated attack on my character."

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Gumede’s spokesperson Mthunzi Gumede revealed that Gumede will appeal the decision but is first looking at her best options to clear her name.

"All what I wish to know is the process," added Gumede.

"They [NEC] must say why they call me incompetent. I'm a leader internationally. I have accolades, they must prove how and why.

"I still maintain that the ANC must wait for the case to go on and my name needs to be cleared. Redeployment is done at times in the ANC because ANC does not owe you anything, but, on this one, it goes with my dignity and history. I'm standing for women of South Africa, black and white. Our power cannot be cut down like a tree. It can't be right that my organisation cannot follow proper protocol. Everyone must be subjected to proper processes."