- Zandile Gumede, eThekwini mayor, is expected to hand herself over to the Hawks for her involvement in a botched R25 million tender
- The ally of ex-president Jacob Zuma is expected to appear in court today on a number of corruption charges
- This news comes after a Hawks investigation into money-laundering, fraud and corruption
eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede is expected to give herself over to the Hawks as she appears in the Durban Commercial Crime Court today to face corruption charges.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier in the year that Gumede was under investigation for a number of charges, including fraud, corruption and money-laundering.
An Integrity Forensic Solutions report fingered Gumede, Councillor Mondli Mthembu and three other officials in allegedly using a R25 million contract intended to hire chemical toilets to launder money.
The Citizen reports that a senior source confirmed that Gumede, aided by her legal team, would be handing herself over in an attempt to avoid arrest.
Hawks spokesman, Hangwani Mulaudzi, confirmed that three suspects would be appearing before the court today as part of the Hawks' audit task team investigation into the municipality.
Mulaudzi further revealed that the suspects would be facing similar charges to nine other suspects who had been nabbed for alleged fraud and corruption in a R208 million tender, where suppliers were paid despite not having rendered any services.
Nicole Graham, a DA councillor in the municipality, says that she is convinced Gumede is indebted to political figureheads who had reportedly aided her establish herself as mayor:
“It cannot be forgotten that the root cause of all this chaos here is the politics of one Zandile Gumede. The mayor is the one who insisted that MK Veterans be employed and promoted illegally because they were her allies and she needed to pay them back for supporting her.”
Graham is adamant that the ANC is defending the mayor by refusing to recall her, saying that the mayor should resign after the damage she has dealt to her municipality.
The DA councillor has called for presidential intervention in the matter, with the recent floods and subsequent municipal protests crippling the city, reports IOL.
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