The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal has confirmed it received Zandile Gumede's resignation as mayor,including the rest of the ANC executive members in the eThekwini and Msunduzi councils.
This came after the party made sweeping leadership changes to the executives in those councils following a special provincial executive committee (PEC) meeting on the future of the two municipalities.
Acting mayor Fawzia Peer will continue to act in the position until mayor-elect Mxolisi Kaunda, is sworn and voted in by the council.
Gumede’s term was characterised by the rise of mafia-style forums, declining service delivery, violent protests and allegations of serious political interference, fraud and corruption.
The now former mayor’s administration was punctured with such “high levels of irregularities around the procurement of tenders” that the city’s internal audit committee recommended audits be conducted “on a proactive basis” on all tenders above R50 million from July this year and that, for subsequent years, “audits be conducted on all tenders above R10 million”.
The KwaZulu-Natal cooperative governance and traditional affairs department and the provincial treasury prepared the confidential State of Local Government Report, and eThekwini Metro, was part of a larger probe into governance at the province’s municipalities.