‘We share a vision’ - Nyawose says he will support Gumede as eThekwini ANC head

Although victorious, Gumede is not participating in any party activities having stepped aside over the multiple corruption charges she’s facing.

Thabani Nyawose. Picture: Xanderleigh Dookey Makhaza/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - Though Thabani Nyawose lost the battle to control the African National Congress (ANC) in eThekwini, he’s already offered to support suspected criminal Zandile Gumede saying they share a vision for the region’s future.

Although victorious, Gumede is not participating in any party activities having stepped aside over the multiple corruption charges she’s facing.

A letter from Gumede accepting nomination was read out at the regional conference.

The staunch ally of former president Jacob Zuma secured 210 votes, beating Nyawose’s 181.

The Durban City Hall burst into excitement as news broke that Gumede would return to the helm of the ANC in the region.

Though corruption accused and sitting at home due to the step aside resolution, she’s remained popular and received more votes from delegates even though she was not physically present at the conference.

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Her opponent, Nyawose, said he’s at peace with election outcomes: “We agreed that they have a responsibility to make sure the ANC in eThekwini is strong. We even said, whoever wins the conference has to be supported.”

Meanwhile some of the embattled political leader’s supporters continue to claim she has the right qualities to lead the eThekwini metro.