eThekwini divided over Gumede's axing

The ANC meeting in KwaZulu-Natal has collapsed after scuffles broke out among delegates. Courtesy #DStv403

DURBAN - The ANC's biggest region, eThekwini, is deeply divided over the axing of mayor Zandile Gumede.

Some branches support the provincial leaders' decision to redeploy the entire eThekwini executive committee.

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They are calling on Gumede and her supporters to respect the decision and desist from insulting the provincial leadership. 

Despite Gumede remaining defiant and reportedly set to challenge the decision to axe her, those redeployed with her have accepted their fate.

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Gumede is arguing she's been removed because she's a woman, but others are rejecting the claim.

Thekwini chief whip Nelly Nyaniso said she respects the ANC's decision.

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"I respect the decision of the organisation because as women, we joined the movement, not individuals," she said.

Thabani Nyawose said the ANC PEC has taken a decision to recall deployees of the ANC.

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"Among those deployees are female comrades, not one female, they are more than one."

"So, therefore, the decision is not directed at them or as an attack on women," said Nyawose.

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The Youth League in the region says the City is collapsing and the electorate is slowly rejecting the former liberation movement.

The ANC leadership in KwaZulu-Natal is expected to announce mayoral candidates for eThekwini and uMsunduzi, home of capital Pietermaritzburg, towards the end of the week.