It is unclear whether the mayor of the Alfred Duma Municipality, Vincent Madlala, will resign following his court appearance.
The municipal spokesperson, Siyabonga Maphalala, said the mayor is consulting with his legal team for advice which will then be presented to the ANC leadership.
Madlala, who was granted bail at the Ezakheni district court in Ladysmith on Monday, is facing charges of unlawful possession of firearms and defeating/obstructing the administration of justice.
The case was remanded to October 22.
“We cannot conclude that the mayor is facing corruption chargers, or was found with illegal firearms, or was charged for politically related killings in the region/province as some newspapers reported. Opinions that are not based on reason or actual evidence are not required at this stage taking into account that there is a pending investigation,” said Maphalala.
He added the presentation to be made by the investigating officer in Madlala’s next court appearance will provide more details on why and how the mayor allegedly defeated the ends of justice.
“At this stage it would be premature to conclude on the matter. Council will adhere to procedural protocols through consultation with policy prescripts on how to address the matter,” he said.