“The decision was that they should be redeployed. We could not implement that decision because the provincial list was closed. We consulted national leaders when implementing this decision for them to understand we are acting in the best interests of the people,” said provincial secretary Mdumiseni Ntuli.
Gumede will continue drawing a salary in the legislature.
Zikalala said the integrity commission will fast-track its investigations, and he anticipated a finding will be reached in a month.
The decisions about Gumede and Mabuyakhulu were taken at a provincial executive committee (PEC) on Friday morning. Mabuyakhulu was asked to step aside because he is one of 16 suspects in a case related to the theft of about R28m from provincial coffers.
It is alleged that during his tenure as MEC of economic development in KwaZulu-Natal‚ Mabuyakhulu had directed millions into the accounts of his seven co-accused and nine other companies and businessmen for which he allegedly received kickbacks. Mabuyakhulu and Durban businessman Mabheleni Ntuli were cited among the five main role players in a fraud‚ corruption and money laundering case relating to a failed jazz festival five years ago that cost taxpayers R28m.
Zikalala and Ntuli are expected to explain the PEC decisions to the special ANC national executive committee meeting which starts Friday afternoon and ends on Sunday.