In a bid to overturn former eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede’s appointment to the KwaZulu-Natal legislature, the IFP disclosed that it had finalised papers for the filing of an application in the High Court.
Gumede and 16 others are currently facing charges of fraud, corruption and racketeering charges in connection to tender corruption worth more than R400 million.
IFP leaders in a media briefing on Friday said they plan to argue Gumede’s appointment in the provincial legislature.
It described the appointment as irrational considering the charges levelled against her.
According to IFP President Velenkosini Hlabisa, before they chose to approach the High Court, they indicated that they were displeased with the Speaker of the KZN legislature Nontembeko Boyce, who referred them to the ANC.
“We wrote to the ANC leadership in KwaZulu-Natal. They did not even acknowledge receipt of our letter. I can’t even say they responded to it.”
Hlabisa added that ANC’s decision was dissappointing.
“If the ANC wants to be taken seriously as a party standing against corruption, they must be bold and decisive and ask Zandile Gumede to do the honourable thing and to resign.”
The IFP president made it known that the court papers would be filed in the next two weeks.
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