durbanThe Mercury reports that axed eThekwini municipal mayor, Zandile Gumede, says she will not be silenced.  

In a post on her Facebook page on Wednesday, Gumede said she wanted to clear her name, but urged the media to be patient while she sought personal, political and legal counsel regarding the decision undertaken by the ANC Provincial Executive Council in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) to fire her.  Gumede indicated that she had been inundated with media queries for comment regarding the decision that was taken on Tuesday.  “I note the statement and reserve my right to remain silent counsel regarding this decision.  I will be making a public statement and announcing my next course of action.  In the main, I want to clear my name particularly on how I have been characterised and vilified directly or indirectly,” she said.  Gumede was fired by her party after a protracted three-month battle that created divisions within the party in KZN.  The party also fired the speaker of the council William Mapena and the chief whip Neli Nyanisa.  Msunduzi municipality mayor, Themba Njilo, was fired, as was Msunduzi’s controversial deputy mayor, Thobani Zuma.

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