Citizen reporter
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15 Dec 2016
2:07 pm

eThekwini mayor gives councillors her framed portrait for Christmas

Citizen reporter

She has been slammed on social media for 'wasting' taxpayers' money and trying to 'force herself into people's homes'.

The mayor of eThekwini, Zandile Gumede, has lit up Twitter streets after giving her staff Christmas gift packs with her framed picture inside.

While most find the gesture funny, some said she was “framed”, further saying, like SABC board chairperson Mbulaheni Maguvhe, she was not aware of the unusual gift.

There are already doubts about whether or not she will serve until her term ends in 2021, as she has “already started spending people’s money on useless things”. Some have, however, encouraged people to be open-minded about this: what if she was really giving councillors photo frames and only using her picture as a sample?

At least she was not discriminatory in her gifts, as even Democratic Alliance councillor Christopher Pappas received one. He took to Facebook to share that with his followers.

“Today the Mayor gave us a Christmas gift pack. This is what was in the pack. Just what I always wanted, my very own Zandile Gumede framed picture.”

Chris van den Berg commented: “Well… when I received mine.. I was thinking that maybe the right response to this would be to send her a photo of me with a happy Christmas card?”

Though Pappas said he was grateful for the gift, he complained about an alleged R23 million that was spent on senior citizens’ end-of-year functions, along with plenty of whisky.

This has truly been a great year for South Africa. What unusual gifts have you received from your loved one?