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eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede's leave of absence extended

eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede will not be returning to her position as her leave of absence has been officially extended.

eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede. Picture: @eThekwiniM/Twitter

DURBAN - eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede will not be returning to her position as her leave of absence has been officially extended.

The KwaZulu-Natal African National Congress (ANC)'s provincial executive council made the announcement on Tuesday.

Gumede was placed on leave after she was charged with fraud, corruption and racketeering in May.

Meanwhile, the ANC's Mdumiseni Ntuli said: “The PEC decided that the leave of absence for all affected comrades including the two mayors of New Castle and eThekwini [municipalities] respectively, as well as an [employee] of Eskom in eThekwini, should be further extended to allow more time for affected comrades of the organisation to finalise work on the matter.”

Gumede is facing strong criticism from opposition parties in the eThekwini council.

Last week, the Democratic Alliance tried but failed to launch a motion of no confidence against her.

The Economic Freedom Fighters also wanted the municipality to stop paying her while she was on leave.

The ANC placed Gumede on leave after she was charged with fraud, corruption, and racketeering. Gumede’s supporters had always accused the PEC of acting prematurely by placing her on special leave.

Gumede faced strong criticism from opposition parties in the eThekwini council. The Democratic Alliance tried but failed to launch a motion of no confidence against her last week.

The embattled mayor is also fighting battles within her own party and allies, with the ANC Youth League and SACP threatening to protest if she’s not removed from office.