Durban - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says because the fraud and corruption charges against suspended eThekwini mayor, Zandile Gumede, are still under investigation, it is not legally compelled to provide more details when requested even by her legal team.
Gumede, together with senior eThekwini councillor, Mondli Mthembu and nine others are returning to court on Thursday morning without having the details of their charges.
The prosecuting authority was responding to concerns raised by Gumede’s supporters that the failure to furnish her with more details about the case was prejudicing her, fuelling perceptions that the charges are politically motivated.
The acting director of the NPA in KZN, Adv Elaine Zungu, said to begin with, there was no request for information from the supporters.
“The Prosecution team has advised that there has been no request for information from the supporters. Even if there had been a request, the State has no obligation to provide it. The matter is still under investigation and no information will be disclosed to any person at this stage. The accused are legally represented and they are aware of the legal processes that can be used when they require information from the State. All arguments will be dealt with in court on 8 August 2019,” Zungu said in response.