- Former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede has thrown shade the Hawks' way after they attempted to raid the wrong house
- While the embattled politician might be smug over the incident, she allegedly violated her bail conditions
- Raids carried out to seize millions from Gumede and her co-accused exposed the lifestyles of those involved
Porsche, Lamborghini, Range Rover, Mercedes Benz: A recent Hawks raid ended up sounding like a car show when KwaZulu-Natal politicians accused of corruption in a multi-million tender case were taken on.
Briefly.co.za reported that ex-eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede had been targeted by the operation, carried out in conjunction with the Asset Forfeiture Unit, on Thursday.
The operation exposed the lavish lifestyles of the politicians involved in a R208 million tender case, with the raid managing to seize goods valued at over R50 million.
Citizens had thought the operation had gotten off to a dismal start when law enforcement rocked up at the wrong house, reports The South African.
Even Zandile Gumede herself had taken a jab at the Hawks, saying that everyone 'knew' where she resides:
“I’m at my house and I am still waiting for them. Everyone knows I now live in Inanda following what happened in council. I will be consulting with my lawyers about what I should do next."
However, with the property noted as her residence in her bail documentation, Gumede has allegedly violated the conditions of her release in the midst of the debacle.
Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi had explained that they had arrived at the Umhlanga property because that's where the ex-mayor had claimed to reside.
The South African reported that Gumede, along with her co-accused, is set to resume legal proceedings when the trial commences in January.
Gumede, bolstered by her loyal supporters, had fought back against the ANC over her position at the helm of eThekwini, with the ruling party adamant that she should step down over her implication in the matter.
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