State’s charges paint damning picture of ex-Durban mayor

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State’s charges paint damning picture of ex-Durban mayor

Zandile Gumede and her 21 co-accused face almost 3,000 charges of corruption, money laundering and racketeering

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In a “carefully planned” and “premeditated” manner, ex-eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede and former head of the city’s infrastructure committee Mondli Mthembu enabled ANC ward councillors, Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association members and business forum Delangokubona to benefit financially from a multimillion-rand Durban Solid Waste tender.

This was done to win favour in the political arena, and to boost their coffers and those of family members.

These are some of the explosive details contained in a 324-page indictment prepared by the state in the corruption case of Gumede and her 21 co-accused — including Mthembu, eThekwini municipal manager Sipho Nzuza and eThekwini deputy head of supply chain management Sandile Ngcobo. All are accused of involvement in the tender scandal which allegedly saw four companies – Uzuzinekele, Ilanga, Omphile and El Shaddai – irregularly awarded contracts for refuse removal...

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