THERE was drama outside the eThekwini Municipality on Thursday
morning when cops arrested mayor Zandile Gumede’s supporters.
In the process cops also arrested journalists for allegedly filming
the arrest of the suspended mayor’s supporters.
Independent Media reporter Sihle Mavuso and eNCA's Siphamandla
Goge were manhandled and shoved to the back of police van.
Although Goge was later released Mavuso wasn't that lucky.
He was taken to the police station, cops accused him of
assaulting a police officer during arrest.
The problem started in the early hours of the morning when
less than 100 mayor supporters started blocking Pixley kaSeme street next to City
Hall, where the mayor's offices are.
Gumede was supposed to return to her office today after her 30-day
suspension by the ANC provincial office lapsed, but the ANC told her not to
come as it had extended her suspension.
Party provincial secretary Mdumiseni Ntuli told the media on
Wednesday that the mayor won’t come back until the team that was assessing her
situation had completed its work.
The mayor is out on R50 000 bail after she was arrested for
fraud in connection with R208 million solid waste tender scandal.
She will return to court on 8 August.