Zandile Gumede Biography: Age, Husband, Daughter, Current Position, Qualifications, Salary, Cars & House

Basic Information

Stage Name: Zandile Gumede
Real Name: Zandile Ruth Thelma Gumede
Occupation: Politician
Date Of Birth/Age: 12 May 1961 (61 Years Old
Place of Birth: Durban, South Africa 
Gender: Female
Nationality: South African
Marital Status:
Education: Amaoti Primary

Okhozini Primary

JL Dube

Zwelibanzi Secondary Schools


Zandile Ruth Thelma Gumede, professionally called Zandile Gumede, is a politician from South Africa. She has served as a member of the KwaZulu-Natal provincial legislature since 2020. From 2016 to 2019, Gumede served as the Executive Mayor of the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality. Zandile Gumede has been a member of the African National Congress for many years. She is also the current Chairperson of the African National Congress (ANC) in the eThekwini Region.

Gumede is the daughter of a police officer. She started as a ward councilor. Then, she became an executive committee member and chairperson of the Community and Emergency Services Committee. She was later elected as a proportional representative (PR) councilor for two terms. Next, she became Amaoti’s councilor. From 2007 to 2015, she served as treasurer of the eThekwini Municipality.

She worked in different community development organizations in Inanda. This includes the Inanda Civic Association, Inanda Development Forum, CPF, and a health organization. Her flair for purchasing armored cars has raised a lot of concern. Gumede served as the mayor of Durban until 2019, when she began facing several court trials. The people nominated Mxolisi Kaunda and begged Gumede to resign. The ANC reported on August 16, 2019, that they had received her resignation. She withdrew it two days later, following advice from her lawyers in light of the criminal charges she was facing.

South African criminal investigation unit, the Hawks, included Gumede in forensic investigations in December 2018. The investigations were about fraud, money laundering, and corruption during her tenure. She was also accused of involvement in alleged illegal tender awards, creating fake employment, and various other matters.

Gumede appeared in the Special Commercial Crimes court in Durban on 14 May 2019. She was released on R50,000 bail pending further court appearances.


Zandile Gumede was born on the 12th of May, 1961, in Amaoti at Inanda North of Durban, South Africa. She celebrated her 61st birthday in May 2022.


Zandile Gumede has been married for a long while. She keeps the identity of her husband and children away from the public. She and her husband have four children and seven grandchildren.

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There is no known information about Zandile Gumede’s daughter. She keeps all information about them away from the public eye.

Current Position

Zandile Gumede has been serving as a member of the KwaZulu-Natal provincial legislature (since 2020). She was sworn in as the replacement of Mthembu, who had died from Covid in July of that year. This was after she had been replaced as mayor following several charges, which she is still facing in court. Opposition parties have criticized her appointment. However, she was congratulated by Duduzane Zuma, son of the former South African president Jacob Zuma.

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Growing up, Zandile Gumede attended Amaoti and Okhozini Primary Schools. She later attended Zwelibanzi Secondary School.


Zandile Gumede has made a lot of money as the serving mayor of Durban. She is believed to have earned a total of R1.35 million yearly as mayor. We hear her salary is close to what is believed to earn as the minority leader in the South African Parliament.


Zandile Gumede is not one to show off photos of the cars she owns on social media. She keeps things like that private. However, she is always known to purchase armored cars. This has raised a lot of concern.


Zandile Gumede has never shared photos of her house on social media.

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