The Democratic Alliance (DA) in eThekwini welcomes the reports that the ANC have resolved to fire Zandile Gumede as eThekwini’s Mayor. The ANC have been dragging their feet on this matter for months at the expense of the people of eThekwini.
Gumede’s firing is a direct result of pressure from opposition parties, the media and the people who live in this city. They have seen the effects of the chaos that Zandile Gumede has unleashed on eThekwini first-hand, and stood up to say no more.
Gumede’s axing, however, is only the first step. The investigative report that led to her arrest explains just how Gumede had interfered with key line departments and appointments to capture the municipality. She has interfered with procurement processes and made sure that those close to her have benefited.
She has allegedly been aided and abetted by municipal officials, fellow councillors and the ANC leadership in KZN. If good governance is to be restored, all of those who have worked with her need to go too.
The names of the 62 Councillors who were mentioned in court as having worked with Gumede to implement her corrupt schemes have still not been released. This means that almost a third of eThekwini’s 219 councillors were involved in and have benefitted from Gumede’s actions. The ANC and the Council must urgently resolve to act against these Councillors and fire them too.
The DA will keep fighting to root out corruption, hold the guilty to account and turn things around in eThekwini. It is becoming more and more clear that eThekwini is ready for a new government – a government that is ready to put people first and deliver on its mandate.