The African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal has announced that MEC for Community Safety Mxolisi Kaunda is its preferred person to be elected Mayor of eThekwini Metro.

Former Finance MEC, Belinda Scott, is the party’s choice for deputy mayor and former provincial MEC for Social Development Weziwe Thusi is the ANC’s preferred candidate for the Speaker’s position.

In Pietermaritzburg’s uMsunduzi Municipality , the ANC will field Mzimkhulu Thobela, who is currently an employee in the KwaZulu-Natal provincial legislature, as its candidate for the mayoral position.

Former eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede was removed by the ANC’s KZN Provincial Executive Committee (PEC).

Gumede faces charges of fraud and corruption related to a R208 million solid waste tender.