- The Hawks have swooped in on former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede in raids aimed at seizing her assets
- This comes as Gumede and seven co-accused face fraud and corruption charges over a R208 million tender
- Upmarket homes and luxury sports cars were among the assets seized during the operation
The Hawks and members of the Asset Forfeiture Unit have raided the homes of Zandile Gumede and her seven co-accused.
Briefly.co.za reported that the eThekwini mayor's political career had taken a nosedive following her arrest on fraud and corruption charges.
The ANC had opted to remove her from her position following her arrest relating to a R208 million solid waste tender.
Speaking to News24, the NPA's Natasha Kara says that the asset seizures related to these chargers:
"This is simple a seizure of assets. We got an order from the court to seize their assets from the various accused in her corruption matter pending the outcome of the criminal charge. In so far as the state goes, we believe these are proceeds of crime."
Several properties including luxury homes in KwaZulu-Natal, as well as sports cars like Porsches and Lamborghinis, were taken in the operation.
TimesLIVE reported that this was nothing out of the ordinary, with the state confiscating assets it believes to be the proceeds of crime and placing them under curatorship until the case is finalised.
Should the case be finalised in Gumede's favour, the assets will be returned to the embattled politician.
Her fall from grace saw Gumede's supporters resisting her removal as mayor over the charges and a deadlock between herself and the ruling party over what was to become of her.
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