Mayor Gumede’s approximate 500 supporters camped outside the Durban City hall, demanding her reinstatement and the resignation of city manager Nzuza.
Chaos and unrest ended its session with atleast 20 arrests, after the manhandling of journalists on duty by the police. “We condemn the violence and heavy handedneness in dealing with journalists. The right to protest is enshrined in the Constitution, however, it must be exercised without infringing on the right of others. Equally so, Media freedom is a right entrenched in the constitution of the country and journalists play a critical role in holding the sphere of local government accountable and should be able to conduct their work without any fear or favour” said Hlomuka.
ANC refusal to reinstate or extend eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede’s special leave which approaches an end on Tuesday, may causes further unrest Gumede supporters said.
The current state has ignited following Mayor Zandile Gumede’s voluntary hand over to the Hawks for arrest. She caved in following ongoing corruption investigations into her role in the R25 million Sanitation and 200 million waste removal tenders, which found her illegal involvement.
Apart from corruption Gumede is also know for her longstanding political stalwart, staunch supporter of former president Jacob Zuma and breaking the city’s record as the first ever female mayor.
Mayor Zandile Gumede is expected back in court in August.
Thursday 11 July 2019 23:31 GMT [CWSN] Kesia Qulu