Three sources in the provincial executive told News24 the three candidates, who will be presented to the top six on Monday, were former KwaZulu-Natal director-general Nhlanhla Ngidi, Economic Development MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube and Transport MEC Mxolisi Kaunda.
The name most likely to emerge as Gumede’s successor was Ngidi, sources told News24.
“The issue of deployment is an internal process currently because there are no elections. In between elections during NEC [national executive committee] intervals, the secretary of the province can speak to the SG [Magashule] in terms of redeployment.
“The decision does not need to be made by the entire leadership. The province will consult the SG to brief him on her redeployment and who takes over. That can only be done on Monday before an announcement can be made,” Legoete said.
“He is a credible leader. He is respected and he will appease everyone,” one source said.
“We would appreciate it if national considers the deployment [of] a female candidate but we don’t have a choice. We want to see the consistency as happened in 2016. We still want to see 60% female representation on the exco,” she said.
Gumede was suspended and subsequently fired from her position following a two-day special meeting of the ANC’s provincial executive committee (PEC), which enacted the recommendations of the PWC that she be recalled.
Provincial ANC secretary Mdumiseni Ntuli said the PWC, which compiled a report on local governance in the province, had raised complaints from residents about issues such as water provisions, water infrastructure, refuse removal, as well as allegations of fraud and corruption.
Gumede was placed on special leave in June after she was arrested on charges of fraud and corruption relating to a Durban Solid Waste tender in the metro.
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