EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede has shed light on the alleged proposed album recording that has been publicised between the city and former President Jacob Zuma, saying there was no such deal happening, as things stand.

Speaking at an executive committee meeting held on Tuesday at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, Mayor Gumede, said, “I have read in the media, including on social media, that the municipality will be recording an album with former President Zuma. Unfortunately, we learnt about this through the news like everyone else. No one has informed us about this project.”

She said under normal circumstances, politicians make political announcements and as the African National Congress (ANC) deployed mayor, she would have briefed the ANC Caucus first before making such an announcement. “Protocol was not followed. We are prepared to speak about the item once we get a full briefing. As things stand, there is no such recording happening. Only I or the city manager (Sipho Nzuza) will speak to the public with authority on this matter.”

Mayor Gumede added that she would not allow President Zuma’s name to be dragged through the mud with false allegations. Meanwhile, Mayor Gumede also addressed the issue to erect statues of late former President Nelson Mandela and struggle icon, Oliver Tambo, in front of City Hall, and she said a decision will be formally announced soon.

Mayor Zandile Gumede confirmed that a City Council resolution was taken in 2017 to erect giant statues of OR Tambo and Nelson Mandela in front of the Durban City Hall.

She said currently there are a number of colonial statues situated outside City Hall adding that the process of erecting these two statues will change the face of the city. “We will soon
be making a formal and public announcement once we have concluded our internal processes. We will engage with the office of the premier, national government and involved families before providing detailed feedback. It is important that protocol be observed and followed when it comes to certain political decisions. We are accountable to the public as public representatives and also to our caucuses as politically deployed cadres,” she said.

“There is a level of discipline that is expected from every cadre of the movement and it must be observed at all times,” Mayor Gumede added.