Zandile Gumede may be on 'special leave', but her six-figure salary won't be on holiday with her. The eThekwini Mayor will be pulling in her usual R112 000 salary for the time she spends dealing with corruption charges levied against her.
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eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede kicked up quite a fuss before caving to the ANC's request for her to go on 30 days of special leave.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that calls for Gumede to step out of office to deal with charges against her had prompted protests, with the mayor dubbed a law unto herself.
With a yearly salary of R1.35 million, around the same amount of money Julius Malema pockets as the leader of a 'minority party' in Parliament, Gumede will be pulling in her usual R112 000.
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Despite the fact that she will be facing charges including corruption and tender fraud, the conditions of her absence ensure that taxpayers take the financial knock for her, reports The South African.
Gumede's undoing proved to be the illegal tender she awarded to Durban Solid Waste, seeing the sanitation company paid R25 million to provide 800 chemical toilets to the city, a hefty sum.
The mayor, along with Human Settlements Chair Mondli Mthembu, is accused of ignoring the correct legal channels when they kept four service providers in their employ.
Tender processes where flouted, with reports claiming they manipulated the way service supply chains work in the city.
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