KZN ANC: 'Hollywood style arrests, a political tool'

eNCA's Siphamandla Goge reports. #Dstv403

JOHANNESBURG - ANC leaders in KwaZulu-Natal say arrests of high-level officials are being used as a political tool.

They want to meet with President Cyril Ramaphosa over a police task team's investigations into political killings. 

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The party's also commented on the Newcastle mayor, who won't step aside despite facing murder charges.

According to ANC KZN Secretary Mdumiseni Ntuli, the province needs help.

"This Hollywood style that when people are arrested, it must appear as though we are intending to embarrass rather than to deal with the content of the problem. And that's what we are going to take to the President and the officials and say to them please help us to deal with this matter." 

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Meanwhile, the party's confirmed eThekwini's deputy mayor, Fawzia Peer, will be the acting mayor during Zandile Gumede's 30-day leave of absence.

Gumede's facing fraud charges.

The party's admitting it may have taken too long to deal with the matter.