Another eThekwini politician arrested in connection with R389m tender

Another eThekwini politician arrested in connection with R389m tender

- Yet another eThekwini official has been arrested in connection with the Durban Solid Waste tender saga

- The unnamed official will be appearing in court today to answer to his role in the R389 million scandal

- He will be joining former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede and 16 others

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Another top eThekwini official has been arrested by the Hawks and will be appearing in court on Tuesday.

Details on the politician's identity are scarce, with Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi confirming the arrest:

“The name of the official and his position will only be divulged following his court appearance."

TimesLIVE reports that the nabbed official will be joining 16 others in facing charges of fraud, corruption, money laundering and contravening the Municipal Finances Management Act. reported that Gumede had been caught up in a R389 million Durban Solid Waste tender controversy, resulting in her eventual removal from office.

READ ALSO: Gumede defends controversial State of the Nation Address appearance

The matter had seen the Hawks carrying out raids on the homes of those involved, with numerous luxury vehicles confiscated in the process.

Gumede had recently raised a few eyebrows after attending President Cyril Ramaphosa's State of the Nation Address.

Numerous citizens had questioned how the embattled politician had made it onto the guest list, prompting Gumede to defend herself:

"Under normal circumstances as a public representative, such comments should have not worried me, but this time it did and raised many emotions and questions for numerous reasons. The envious statement made by Cllr Nicole Graham was just another art of shifting focus from a pertinent discussion about the presence of the last apartheid president FW de Klerk who denies that he was presiding over a crime against humanity."

Gumede has maintained her innocence throughout the proceedings, with speculation that she will attempt to secure a spot in provincial ANC leadership despite the charges against her.

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