Durban Mayor bail allowed

Zandile Gumede, eThekwini mayor, and two more suspects appeared in the specialized trade crime court in Durban on a string of corruption charges.

Deputy regional secretary Gumede and Mondli Mthembu apparently orchestrated last month’s march to the Durban city council demanding the removal of the city manager because he did not want to sign a payment for an illegal tender.

This information came to light during the court appearance when the Hawks’ investigator was read into the affair’s affidavit in the record. ANC’s eThewini region chairman Gumede surrendered herself in the morning before her court appearance. 

R50 000 bail

She, Mthembu and a service provider, were all released on R50 000 bail each. The three will appear in court again on August 8 together with the other accused. The alleged fraud is related to a tender in Durban’s solid waste department that allegedly paid large amounts of money to service providers, but no services were provided. 

Maroela Media reported earlier that many other people were arrested this month, including the department’s deputy chief executive Robert Abbu, 62, and the city’s supply chain manager, Sandile Ngcobo, 41, on fraud charges related to the same tender.. 

The other suspects are Hlenga Sibisi (43), Mzwandile Dludla (24), Sinthamone Ponnan (55), Sithulele Mkhize (38), Bongani Dlomo (53) and Prabagaram Pariah (61). They have already appeared in the commercial crime court and were also released on R50 000 bail each. According to the Hawks, the investigation into corruption continues in the eThewini metro.