Zandile Gumede, has been probably the most talked about politician since August.
The previous eThekwini mayor and suspended member of the KZN provincial legislature, Zandile Gumede had her corruption case postponed on Thursday.
She appeared within the Durban Business Crimes Court docket with 16 different co-accused to face corruption expenses leveled in opposition to her.
Gumede is presently out on bail after she was arrested by Hawks for her alleged involvement in a multi-million Durban Stable Waste botched tender.
Gumede was accused of being linked to tender fraud amounting to over R400 million.
She denied the costs and said that as a politician, entry to the tender was not potential.
After her courtroom look, she addressed her loyal supporters exterior the courtroom.
She made them notice that there have been enemies in opposition to her and the ANC as effectively.
Nevertheless, Gumede didn’t reveal the identify of the enemies to her supporters.
The query is who’re her enemies? Who will her supporters struggle the struggle with?
The Controversial Appointment and Criticisms
Zandile Gumede was appointed and sworn in on the KwaZulu-Natal legislature, as KZN MPL on 19 August 2020.
Her appointment was criticized by many.
The ANC was condemned after appointing her regardless of her pending corruption courtroom case.
Congress of the Individuals (Cope) expressed their disgust on the appointment.
Cope nationwide spokesperson, Dennis Bloem mentioned ANC ought to hold their heads in disgrace for making such appointment.
The DA additionally aired their disappointment.
At the moment, DA Caucus chief within the Metropolis, Nicole Graham, mentioned it appeared Gumede was a strong determine in ANC and she or he had a robust hand in eThekwini politics.
“It’s apparent that the previous mayor is a strong determine within the ANC who has safety in excessive locations.”
“Why else would she earn a promotion again to the legislature when her absolute disgraceful behaviour is so clear for all to see,” she mentioned.
IFP’s Velenkosini Hlabisa described her appointment as a transparent indication that the ANC was not sincere in combating corruption and state looting.
On twenty fifth of August, she was requested to step sown by the ANC amidst criticisms.
When Graham heard of this new transfer, she mentioned she was glad regardless that she anticipated the ANC to have completed that instantly.
“Why did it should take a lot public strain for this occur? Why did it should take John Steenhuisen cornering the president in Parliament for this to occur?”
“Why did it should take the general public outcry for this to occur? Why does the ANC not know fundamental proper from mistaken,” she mentioned.
After her courtroom listening to on the Durban Business Crimes Court docket, she got here exterior the courtroom to deal with her supporters and people rooting for her concerning the enemy.
She advised them that the enemies are focusing on ANC by means of her as a result of she is a robust girl chief.
“We’re at struggle; however this struggle isn’t focusing on Zandile Gumede, it’s the ANC that’s below assault.”
Gumede advised her supporters that they aren’t solely supporting her but additionally defending the ANC as effectively.
“By taking a stand in opposition to instances like this, comrades in eThekwini and different areas will save the ANC.”
She will probably be again in courtroom in December 10 after the State safe a forensic audit report on the case.