The African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal said it will call the attention of the former eThekwini mayor, Zandile Gumede to what it described as disappointing conduct of her supporters.
It revealed this plan on Tuesday in retrospect to the event that happened during her court appearance in Durban last Thursday.
Gumede together with 16 others are currently facing charges of corruption and fraud linked to a R400 million tender.
ANC KZN secretary Mdumiseni Ntuli reported that Gumede’s supporters carried divisive and offensive placards at her last court appearance.
He said that they deliberately targeted their offensive wordings to provincial ANC Youth League secretary, Thanduxolo Sabelo, whom they accused of being the main source of conflict within the party.
“Some of these people who are doing wrong things were disowned by comrade Zandile. She said to us, ‘these are not my supporters’.”
“But what had happened in the court is that she went out and addressed those people.”
“And when she addressed those people, she did not say to them, ‘I appreciate your support during the difficulties I’m confronted with but I condemn your conduct that sows divisions within the ANC’,” Ntuli said.
The party said that it would consult the provincial integrity commission to guide it on its next steps to take in this situation.
Gumede is currently at home on leave while she faces criminal charges.
She will appear before the commission within the next four weeks.
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