Ngcobo was given stringent bail conditions by magistrate Dawn Soomaroo in the Durban Commercial Crime Court earlier this year after he was arrested, along with other city employees, including Robert Abbu, deputy head of Durban Solid Waste (DSW), councillor Mondli Mthembu and mayor Zandile Gumede, in connection with an alleged dodgy R208million DSW tender.
In terms of his bail conditions, he was ordered not to enter the DSW and supply chain offices in Springfield Park, Anton Lembede Street and KE Masinga Road. He was also ordered not to return to his offices but to work from another office. He was barred from communicating with state witnesses or any of his subordinates and he was further ordered to liaise with his superiors via his legal representatives for work-related matters.
Ngcobo appeared in the Durban Commercial Crime Court yesterday morning where his lawyers argued that the bail conditions were too stringent and were endangering his career.
Yesterday, Ngcobo’s advocate Willie Lombard argued that they were so restrictive that Ngcobo was allocated no duties at work or work on an ad hoc basis and feared this could make him redundant and he could lose his job.