eThekwini Mayor Cllr Zandile Gumede leaving Durban commercial court on Tuesday. Her supporters tried to prevent the media from photographing her. Picture: Doctor Ngcobo/African News Agency(ANA)

Durban - eThekwini Municipality Mayor Zandile Gumede faces a raft of charges relating to a Durban Solid Waste (DSW) tender. 

Gumede was accused no 16 when she appeared in the Durban Specialised Commercial Court alongside Councillor Mondli Mthembu and a service provider Craig Ponnan, of  El Shaddai Holdings group cc, on Tuesday. 

They were arrested as part of the Hawks’ National Clean Audit Task Team (NCATT) investigation at the Ethekwini Municipality into an R208 million DSW tender where service providers were allegedly paid huge amounts of monies even though they did not render any service.

The other suspects include Ethekwini Municipality Deputy Head of Strategy and New Development Robert Abbu (62), Supply Chain Manager Sandile Ngcobo (41), Hlenga Sibisi (43), Mzwandile Dludla (24), Sinthamone Ponnan (55), Sithulele Mkhize (38), Bongani Dlomo (53), and Prabagaram Pariah (61).

"As indicated previously, the attendance of all those who played a role in the alleged offences, shall be secured before court where the allegations shall be tested." said the National Head of the DPCI, Godfrey Lebeya.

These are the charges they face: 

1: Fraud and also fraud by omission

2: Corruption

3: Contravention of sections and penalty clause of the municipal finance management act

4: Contravention of sections 3 and 21 of the prevention and combating of corrupt activities act

5: Contraventions of the prevention of organised crime act

6: Contravention of the local government municipal act

7: Contravention of the righteous assembly act

These are the charges Durban mayor Zandile Gumede and her co-accused face in court. Picture by Zainul Dawood


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