The KwaZulu-Natal government said that eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede and her co-accused should be afforded the neccesariry time and space to clear their names.
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 granted R50,000 bail each in the Durban Commercial Crimes Court.
The KwaZulu-Natal Premier’s spokesperson Thami Ngidi said: “We’re a country that believes in the supreme Constitution and it’s important that as a law-abiding country, everything that we do, whether as representatives of government or in our private capacity, fall within the ambit of that law.
“And anything else that falls outside of that ambit of law, we’ve to answer for.”
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 ANC Youth League in the region called on Mayor Gumede to resign.
“We have established from the conditions put forward in her bail that she won’t be able to interact or communicate with certain departments in the entire municipality, which is a huge problem because her next appearance is set for August, which is a couple months away from now,” said eThekwini ANCYL regional secretary Thinta Cibane.
The Hawks said more people were expected to be arrested for tender fraud and corruption in eThekwini and that other municipalities would also be in the spotlight.
Koketso Ramorei is a journalist and news editor of SADC News with years of experience in a number of genres including sports, politics and community reporting. He has worked for a numerous publications including The Citizen Newspaper and is a former editor of a Johannesburg-based off-campus publication called The Waldorfian Times.