Former KDM mayor stands as iLembe mayoral candidate

2016-06-22 06:00
Photo: file Sduduzo Gumede is the mayoral candidate for the district in the upcoming elections.

Photo: file Sduduzo Gumede is the mayoral candidate for the district in the upcoming elections.

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FORMER KwaDukuza Municipality mayor Sduduzo Gumede is the iLembe District mayoral candidate for the 2016 municipal elections.

Gumede made it to the final list of mayoral candidates that was announced by the African National Congress (ANC) during the weekend following a special National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting convened to select candidates.

The ANC Greater KwaDukuza Regional spokesperson Lucky Makhathini said Gumede was chosen out of three names submitted by the region to the party’s PEC. The other two candidates were Makhathini and current iLembe deputy mayor Dolly Shandu.

He said a number of factors were considered before a candidate was announced including experience in local governance and seniority.

“Gumede has been a mayor, councillor and member of exco which makes him well versed on local governance.”

He said Gumede was the region’s preferred candidate so the announcement is welcomed.

Speaking to the Weekly, Gumede said: “I feel honoured and humbled for being named the mayoral candidate for the district.” He added that at the moment he prefers not making any further comments until local leadership has officially introduced him as the mayoral candidate.
Gumede will take over from current iLembe District mayor Welcome Mdabe who has been at the helm of the district municipality for two terms – eight years – should the ruling party retain the district municipality.

Outgoing iLembe mayor, Mdabe said he is grateful for the opportunity the ANC afforded him to serve the people of iLembe District on behalf of the organisation. He said legally one cannot serve for more than two terms.

“One is deployed for a particular period and I have served for two terms, which have come to an end. I wrote to the ANC thanking the organisation for the opportunity. I did what I was able to do according to my capabilities.”

On the ANC’s website it says individuals with criminal convictions or pending cases were not considered.

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