- Magistrate Dawn Soomaroo has rejected an application for a warrant of arrest against Zandile Gumede
- The former eThekwini mayor had been accused of violating the conditions set out in her bail agreement
- The matter had gone to court after the Hawks had discovered Gumede had moved out of the home she had indicated as her residence
Zandile Gumede has been let off the hook as far as allegations of violating the conditions of her bail are concerned.
The Citizen reports that the embattled politician had faced the risk of arrest after the Hawks discovered she no longer occupied her uMhlanga residence.
Briefly.co.za reported that the eThekwini mayor's homes had been raided in an operation carried out with the Asset Forfeiture Unit.
Magistrate Dawn Soomaroo had found no evidence to suggest the disgraced politician posed a flight risk, rejecting the application to have her put behind bars on Friday, report SABC.
While the raids had seized an estimated R50 million worth of assets, Gumede had pleaded poverty, claiming that she was broke:
“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."
With Gumede facing charges of fraud and corruption concerning a R208 million sanitation tender, the state had moved in on assets which will be held until the court deems fit.
The charges had seen Gumede removed from office after outcry over her 'extended special leave', during which she enjoyed a six-figure salary despite her implication.
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