- Zandile Gumede was elected ANC eThekwini regional chairperson.
- She won against Thabani Nyawose following a vote on Sunday evening.
- Gumede’s allies won all the other top positions contested.
Former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede has been elected eThekwini chairperson, defeating her rival, eThekwini council speaker Thabani Nyawose.
Gumede, who was not present for the election due to the step-aside rule, received 210 votes while Nyawose received 181.
Gumede’s win resulted in a clean sweep for her slate.
Thembo Ntuli, a Gumede ally, was elected deputy chairperson with 215 votes while Mthunzi Dlamini received 171.
The position of ANC regional secretary went to Musa Nciki who received 217 votes. He defeated Nyawose’s ally, Bheki Ntuli, who received 174.
Nkosenhle Madlala was elected deputy secretary, while Zoe Shabalala was elected treasurer – both of them were on Gumede’s slate.
Gumede’s supporters ululated and sang in celebration after her win was announced shortly after 20:00 on Sunday.
Delegates rushed to where Ncika was sitting after he was announced as deputy chairperson and carried him to the stage, signing “the time is now”.
The results were announced on Sunday evening after the Nyawose camp foresaw the looming defeat. The camp also called for regional task team (RTT) members, who were in charge of eThekwini, to be allowed to vote.
The Nyawose faction made the call, saying provincial task team members in Mpumalanga were allowed to vote during last week’s elective conference. This call was dismissed by the KwaZulu-Natal leadership.
According to the provincial leadership, other regional conferences had been held where RTT members were also in charge but they were not allowed to vote and the province therefore did not want to have a scenario where an exception was only made for eThekwini.
Nyawose, who cut a lone figure during the announcement of the results as his entire slate lost out on all the top five positions, congratulated the three members of the Gumede slate who were present at the conference venue.
Shabalala, a former councillor, was arrested in 2020 alongside Gumede for allegedly defrauding the city of millions through a waste removal tender.
The conference was due to elect additional members of the regional leadership on Sunday evening.