- Ex-mayor Zandile Gumede is in some hot water and it seems to be rising
- The amount of alleged fraud in the Durban Solid Waste tender has risen to R389 million
- The matter against the ANC politician has been postponed until April to allow for further investigation
Former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede and her co-accused are facing a rising amount in the tender fraud debacle.
The amount has risen to R389 million worth of fraud and corruption after the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation had initially placed the value at R208 million.
Gumede and her co-accused were hauled before the Durban Commercial Crimes Court on Wednesday when the matter against them was postponed to April.
IOL reports that this would allow for further investigation into the Durban Solid Waste debacle that saw Gumede stripped of his post.
Speaking on behalf of the National Prosecuting Authority, Natasha Kara revealed that a raid had uncovered documentation vital to the case.
Kara explained that this had prompted further investigation, with more time needed to analyse the information contained in the papers before the matter could move forward.
Gumede, currently out on R50 000 bail, says that she is 'sad' the matter hasn't 'come to a rest':
“But what can we do? They are the powers, so we must just wait."
All the accused in the matter face charges of fraud, fraud by omission, corruption, contravention of the Municipal Financial Management Act, contravention of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, contravention of the Organised Crime Act and contravention of the Local Government Municipal Act.
In addition to this long list of charges, Gumede faces charges in terms of the Riotous Assemblies Act for allegedly instigating an illegal gathering of supporters to call for city manager Sipho Nzuza, who had reportedly refused to sign off on the paperwork in connection to the tender in question.
Briefly.co.za reported that Gumede had been axed following her arrest in connection to these charges, later prompting the ANC to recall her as mayor.
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