DURBAN – On Tuesday 21 August, the city of Durban officially inaugurated its first female mayor, ANC nominated Cllr Zandile Gumede. She was officiated as mayor of Durban yesterday in an inauguration ceremony held at the Durban City hall.
The eThekwini Municipality have expressed their gratitude to outgoing mayor, James Nxumalo, for his contribution to the city and are pleased to welcome the new ‘mayoress’ in town.
With a political career spanning over three decades, Gumede has had ample training which has prepared her for the prestigious role of leading more than 3.5 million eThekwini residents.
As Ward 53 councillor, executive committee member and chairperson of the community and Emergency Services Committee, Gumede (55) juggles all her positions and responsibilities.
Improving service delivery will be at the forefront of her tenure’s to-do list. Gumede also wants to empower women during her term in office as she believes South Africa is ready to have more women in powerful positions.
A mother of four and a grandmother of seven, Gumede, who resides in Phoenix, was born Zandile Ruth Thelma on 12 May 1961 in Amaoti at Inanda, North of Durban.
Being raised by a father who worked as a police officer resulted in Gumede having a strict upbringing, while her religious mother would always remind her to pray before attending a political rally.
Gumede was joined by Cllr Fawzia Peer who was appointed deputy mayor of Durban.