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KZN ANC denies protecting Zandile Gumede by not firing her

The party was heavily criticised after appointing Gumede to the KwaZulu-Natal legislature and on Friday asked her to step down.

Zandile Gumede (left) with KZN Legislature Speaker Nontembeko Boyce (right). Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal has denied that it was protecting former eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede by not firing her and instead, asking her to step down.

Gumede is facing corruption charges and an integrity commission investigation.

The party was heavily criticised after appointing Gumede to the KwaZulu-Natal legislature.

The provincial ANC had a briefing on Friday afternoon.

It insisted that this was not about Gumede but said that it was about them protecting their image.

Gumede is currently facing charges of corruption but the party admitted her as an MPL last week.

The party now says that accused members must clear themselves and come back.

There have also been questions about ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule and a few others.

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