Durban mayor Zandile Gumede was released on R50000 bail, yesterday, after handing herself over to the Hawks this week. Gumede who appeared in the Durban Commercial Crimes Court on the same day of her arrest faces charges of fraud, corruption, and racketeering in relation to a dodgy R208 million tender in the Durban Solid Waste (DSW) department.
The mayor’s bail comes with strict restrictions wherein she is forbidden from communicating with any officials linked to auditing within the DSW department. She is also not allowed to leave the country or province without informing the police, talk to any operating staff, and with any legal or financial employees in the province.
The mayor is joined by nine other officials who were arrested earlier this month, including the deputy head of DSW, and the city’s supply chain manager, for fraud relating to the same tender. Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, spokesperson for the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks), told African News Agency (ANA) that he would be issuing a statement on Gumede’s release soon, ANA reported. (Picture supplied)