- The corruption case against Zandile Gumede has been postponed until January
- Gumede says she is disappointed by the postponement
- She was greeted by a number of supporters outside the Durban Magistrate's Court on Thursday
The fraud and corruption case against Durban mayor Zandile Gumede has been postponed until January 2020 for further investigation.
Gumede says she is disappointed with the postponement.
"Our names are being tainted as the media has already sentenced us," the mayor said, following the announcement.
Gumede is accused of using her political power to influence the awarding of a Durban Solid Waste tender to the tune of R208 million, Briefly.co.za has gathered. She is currently on special leave from her post while the case is being investigated and is out on R50 000 bail.
The mayor continues to enjoy considerable support from her loyalists. For example, many turned up outside the Durban Magistrate's Court on Thursday in support of Gumede, waving placards and signing songs.
Additionally, she clearly has some support from at least some figures within the ANC. After all, the party's KwaZulu-Natal provincial executive committee has still not decided where to recall her. Instead, the PEC has extended her special leave twice already.
Gumede, however, continues to insist that she is innocent. After the postponement of the case was announced she told journalists: "I feel bad as you have heard that they don't have any evidence against us."
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