Hawks Swoop in and Arrest City Councillors on R400m Fraud Charges

Hawks Swoop in and Arrest City Councillors on R400m Fraud Charges

- Several eThekwini Municipality officials have been arrested by the Hawks following an investigation into the Durban Solid Waste (DSW) tender scandal

- Councillors Mthokozisi Nojiyeza, Bhekokwakhe Phewa and Sduduzo Khuzwayo appeared in court on charges of corruption and money laundering

- They will return to court along with former Durban city mayor Zandile Gumede and the former city manager Sipjo Nzuza

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Three eThekwini Municipality ANC ward councillors have been taken into custody by the hawks on charges of corruption.

The Hawks were investigating R400 million of alleged fraud linked to the Durban Solid Waste (DSW) tender scandal according to News24.

Councillors Mthokozisi Nojiyeza, Bhekokwakhe Phewa and Sduduzo Khuzwayo appeared in court on charges of corruption and money laundering.

Hawks swoop in and arrest city councillors on charges of fraud
Former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede was implicated in the Durban Solid Waste (DSW) tender scandal. Photo credit: @MyANC
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The charges date back to a fraud case involving the former Durban city mayor Zandile Gumede and the former city manager Sipjo Nzuza and several others.

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The councillors were released on R15 000 bail and will appear in court on 23 March along with Gumede, Nzuza and others according to the South African.

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Ex-mayor Zandile Gumede has been given permission to resume her legislative duties and engage in party programmes.

This is reportedly the decision handed down by the ANC KZN executive committee, which opted to give Gumede the green light.

The former eThekwini mayor is currently facing charges ranging from corruption to money laundering but somehow managed to obtain clearance by the ANC KZN integrity commission.

In other news, Deputy President David Mabuza says he stayed at home due to underlying illnesses at the height of the global pandemic last year. Mabuza was nowhere to be found when Covid-19 landed on SA shores creating quite the buzz online.

His name trended quite a few times on Twitter as officials such as Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize and President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation various times on the country's response to the virus.

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Mabuza, on the other hand, stated that he kept to himself in order to avoid falling ill while also setting an example for the citizens of the country.

According to TimesLIVE, Mabuza mentioned that he may not have been alive today if he did not stay at home and avoid going out. Although Mabuza did not mention what underlying illnesses he has, he did reiterate the importance of those with comorbidities not 'gallivanting'.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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