JOHANNESBURG - The ANC in KZN has instructed the eThekwini mayor not to report for duty for now.
Zandile Gumede's 30-day leave is lapsing and she was expected to resume her mayoral duties on Thursday.
The eThekwini mayor as well as Newcastle Mayor Ntuthuko Mahlaba, who is facing murder charges, were ordered by the ANC to take a 30-day leave of absence.
Gumede's facing fraud and corruption charges and is currently out on bail.
Now the governing party says the two must not report to work anytime soon.
ANC KZN Secretary General Mdumiseni Ntuli says the pair shouldn't be back at work until the PEC receives a report from the provincial working committee.
"No, they shouldn't be back at work today or tomorrow until the PEC receives a report from the provincial working committee and then take a decision about what more, if any, still needs to be done in order for the matter to be settled."
But Gumede's supporters say she'll report for duty on Thursday.
The embattled mayor's supporters say the delays are part of a political conspiracy.
As the battle seems to be escalating, there could be political casualties.