Durban Mayor Zandile Gumede has been granted R50 000 bail at the Durban Specialised Commercial Crime Court.
Gumede, along with senior municipal councillor Mondli Mthembu and a supplier, Craig Ponan, appeared in court on Tuesday after handing themselves over to police in connection to a raft of charges including fraud, corruption and racketeering. They were each granted the same amount of bail.
The charges preferred against Gumede relate to a dodgy R208 million tender within the Durban Solid Waste (DSW) department.
Earlier this month, nine people were arrested for fraud relating to the same tender.
The nine suspects who appeared earlier in the month are eThekwini 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).
The other accused in the matter were service providers.
Spokesperson for the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI/Hawks) spokesperson, brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, said: “Three suspects will appear at the Durban Specialised Commercial Court today as part the Hawks’ National Clean Audit Task Team (NCATT) investigation at the eThekwini Municipality”.
“The three will face the same charges as the other nine suspects who were arrested two weeks ago on allegations of fraud and corruption in relation to a 2016 R208 million Durban Solid Waste tender where service providers were allegedly paid huge amounts of monies even though they did not render any service.”
ANC KZN secretary Mdumiseni Ntuli said: “I have not formally been informed about comrade Zandile appearing in court today, except through media reports.”
“However, the ANC respects our judiciary system and expects any of our people accused of anything to follow the available avenues to clear themselves.”