DA wins in high court against eThekwini mayor

eThekwini municipality Mayor Zandile Gumede.

THE Democratic Alliance welcomed the order in its favour against eThekwini Municipality Mayor, Zandile Gumede, in High Court this week, over her incitement to violence ahead of the enormous anti-Zuma march in Durban on 7 April.

Tuesday, 16 May was the return day of the DA’s interim interdict against the Mayor stopping her from inciting violence or threatening arrest of the marchers. The court ordered that Mayor Gumede be held personally liable for full costs of the application.

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DA KZN leader, Zwakele Mncwango, said the party was delighted that it had obtained a final interdict against the Mayor.

“The High Court’s decision has upheld that freedom of association and freedom of speech when showing our public opposition to the broken President Jacob Zuma, shall not be infringed by his political allies, like Mayor Gumede. This is a victory for democracy over abuse of government power,” he said.

Mncwango said the DA was forced to bring this application in defense of the people of eThekwini who wanted to protest peacefully, yet were under threats of violence and arrest from the Mayor.

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“We will continue to hold ANC politicians to account, and will reject their abuse of government power wherever it arises,” he said.



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Lauren Walford

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