eThekwini ANC regional chairperson Zandile Gumede has declined nomination to contest as KwaZulu-Natal provincial treasurer.
Gumede, who is now on step-aside, declined her nomination via her region's secretary Musa Nciki during the province's nomination process on Saturday.
After hours of delays, nominations finally got under way just after 1pm on Saturday at the Olive Convention Centre which saw Sihle Zikalala nominated for a second term as the province's chairperson.
His opponent Sboniso Duma also accepted his nomination for provincial chairperson.
When it came to Gumede to accept or decline nomination, Nciki took to the podium to speak on her behalf.
The ANC's step-aside resolution bars party members who are criminally charged from participating in party activities and as a result, Gumede could not attend the ninth provincial conference. Gumede, a former mayor of eThekwini, is facing fraud charges for allegedly flouting procurement processes for a waste removal tender, which the city forked out R320m for.
Nciki described Gumede as a disciplined member of the ANC who abides by party rules.