DURBAN – Supporters of criminally charged Durban mayor Zandile Gumede were singing and protesting outside the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Thursday morning as they awaited her second appearance on fraud and corruption charges.
Gumede and her co-accused are set to appear after 9am at the regional court, which is based inside the magistrate’s court building. There was a strong police presence inside the court building and in the grounds.
The supporters pitched a tent overnight and held a night vigil for Gumede, with pastors leading prayers. Earlier on Wednesday evening, the mayor attended a prayer service in KwaMashu.
Gumede is currently out on R50 000 bail relating to a R208 million Durban Solid Waste (DSW) tender from 2016.
She is set to appear alongside senior eThekwini councillor Mondli Mthembu, DSW’s deputy head for strategic and new developments Robert Abbu, and the city’s supply chain manager and chairman of the bid adjudication committee Sandile Ngcobo.