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Zandile Gumede cleared to return to work

Andile Sicetsha - 15.12.2020

Zandile Gumede is knee-deep in a tender fraud case but she can resume her role as eThekwini mayor, the ANC integrity commission said.

The ANC’s integrity commission in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) has rolled out the red carpet for Zandile Gumede to return to her position as eThekwini mayor after months in suspension.

Zandile Gumede cleared by ANC integrity commission

In a single day, the party’s integrity body has made contrasting recommendations that drew ire from different factions of ANC supporters.

Earlier, it was reported that the commission had called for the booting of Secretary-General Ace Magashule in a report sent to the national executive committee (NEC).

Then, on the same day, the commission made a controversial recommendation to have Gumede re-enlisted as eThekwini’s mayor after her appearance for an engagement in October.

What’s the latest with her tender fraud case?

KZN ANC spokesperson Nhlakanipho Ntombela told eNCA that the open engagement between Gumede and the commission was on the only thing that motivated the decision.

“Secondly, they took into cognisance that her case has been in court now for almost more than a year without any conclusivity [sic],” Ntombela said.

You will remember that Gumede has been fingered as the mastermind behind the pillaging of R450 million that was earmarked for improving Durban’s solid waste management system.

The complexity of the fraud case has overwhelmed the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), it seems. Last week, the State was granted its request for a four-month postponement.

Gumede’s defence was, according to reports, having none of it and pushed for the commencement of her trial but the State said it needed more time to examine a crucial forensic report detailing the extent of Gumede’s involvement in ‘solid waste-gate’.

At the time this article was published, it was not clear when Gumede will assume her role as mayor.