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Gumede WINS eThekwini race – but what about the ANC’s step aside rule?

The ANC in eThekwini held its regional conference this past weekend, which saw Zandile Gumede defeat her rival Thabani Nyawose

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The ANC’s contentious step aside policy has once again been tested with the election of Zandile Gumede as the ANC eThekwini regional chairperson.

The ANC in eThekwini held its regional conference this past weekend. Gumede was not present due to the step aside rule and defeated her rival, eThekwini council speaker Thabani Nyawose, bagging 210 votes. Nyawose received only 181.

Gumede – one of the most prominent ANC members in the province – is one of several facing corruption charges in relation to a R450 million waste collection tender awarded during her tenure as eThekwini mayor. The co-accused in the matter include suspended eThekwini city manager Sipho Nzuza, his wife Bagcinele, senior ANC councillor, Mondli Mthembu as well as councillors.


Zandile Gumede’s win resulted in a clean sweep for her slate – Thembo Ntuli, deputy chairperson; Musa Nciki, regional secretary; Nkosenhle Madlala, secretary; and Zoe Shabalala, treasurer. At the start of April, Gumede insisted that even if elected ANC eThekwini Chairperson, she will step aside until her trial is complete. This would then leave her deputy to run the region in her absence.

Gumede’s corruption trial is set to get underway in July.

Things will likely play out as they did in Mpumalanga when Mandla Msibi was elected the ANC provincial treasurer, despite a murder charge hanging over his head. Msibi was forced to step aside after ANC Treasurer-General Paul Mashatile reminded him of the rule. He faces charges of murder and attempted murder in relation to an incident back in August, during which two people were fatally shot while one victim sustained injuries.

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