The African National Congress (ANC) has now elected not one, but two corruption-accused officials, with Zandile Gumede resuming her job as eThekwini regional chair.
She defeated Thabani Nyawose by 29 votes.
Gumede, along with Zoe Chabalala, is charged with corruption in connection with the multi-million rand Durban solid waste management tender.
Chabalala was elected treasurer of the region.
Only last week, the Mpumalanga branch of the party elected murder suspect Mandla Msibi as provincial treasurer.
Only three newly elected regional heads took the stage.
Two others sat at home and listened to their names being called.
Gumede, who told the SABC that she kept the ANC alive in the region, has also claimed that the governing party is being destroyed by the 2017 step aside resolution.
Her supporters, who are still celebrating her triumph, hope to use it as a springboard for a campaign to elect her as a provincial official.
Meanwhile, the party’s Pule Mabe stated that the ANC would address the impact of this decision on its step aside resolution at the national level.
“So to bind the area to parameters set by the national government is a little unjust,” Mabe remarked.
On Monday, the ANC’s top leaders and national working committee are likely to prioritize this critical matter.
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