The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Wednesday failed to have suspended eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede removed from office through a motion of no confidence.
The party planned to use Wednesday’s city council sitting to initiate steps for the mayor to be removed following her arrest in May as well as other service delivery issues.
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma also visited the city and said she wanted to reduce the need for municipalities to be placed under administration.
To discuss the political turmoil in eThekwini, Bongani Bingwa chats to EWN reporter Nkosikhona Duma.
Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said that she would prefer if municipalities like eThekwini are assisted so they develop and get better and not be put under administration. With the chaos that is unfolding in the city, many people are saying that a higher structure needs to intervene.— Nkosikhona Duma, Reporter - EWN
Duma says the reason the DA's no-confidence motion failed was that Council Speaker William Mapane raised an issue with how the DA had 'used' the meeting to have this motion.
Mapane says he responded to the DA in writing and he felt that the matter shouldn't be discussed at the council meeting because he dealt with the matter in writing.— Nkosikhona Duma, Reporter - EWN
Listen below to the full interview: