- Zandile Gumede may have taken home as much bacon as Julius Malema, but she's still crying poverty
- In response to a recent Hawks raid, the embattled politician has denied violating her bail conditions
- The former eThekwini mayor claimed to be as poor as a church mouse despite pulling a salary most citizens would envy
Zandile Gumede has cried poverty in response to the buzz sparked by a Hawks raid on her assets.
Briefly.co.za reported that R50 million worth of assets, including a fleet of luxury vehicles, had been seized in an operation on Thursday.
When the Hawks pulled up at the address noted in her bail conditions, they found that the plush mansion had been vacated. Should Gumede have failed to notify authorities of her move, it would constitute a violation of her bail.
However, speaking to eNCA, Gumede denied any such wrongdoing, saying that she has been ill-treated by the law.
The politician insists that she had provided numerous addresses to law enforcement, insisting that they should have called to clarify where she was.
Gumede blasted claims that she was living in the lap of luxury, saying that she was financially crippled:
“I am poor as a church mouse. They went back empty-handed because I don't own any Lamborghini, any Porsche car. I am just having my old Prado and my van."
During her three-year tenure as eThekwini mayor, from 2016 to 2019, Gumede earned as much as EFF leader Julius Malema, bringing home approximately R112 000 a month excluding benefits.
Gumede was stripped of her office over her implication in a botched R208 million sanitation tender, facing charges of fraud and corruption.
The South African reports that the trial is set to resume in January next year, with the assets confiscated to be held until the courts say otherwise.
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