The embattled former eThekwini mayor has been arrested, had her properties raided and assets seized in relation to the controversial multimillion -rand waste tender.
Zandile Gumede to the political arena has been widely criticised by the public and opposition parties, She has been implicated with 17 others in an allegations of corruption and fraud which relate to the R430m Durban Solid Waste (DSW) tender from 2016.
Gumede is accused of using her political power to influence the awarding of tenders to service providers who were not on the city’s database.
Here are five must-read stories on Gumede:
The charges and court appearance — May 2019
Gumede and co-accused former chairperson of the infrastructure committee Mondli Mthembu appeared before the Durban commercial crimes court where they faced charges of fraud and corruption in connection with the DSW tender.
They appeared alongside service provider Craig Ponnan of El Shaddai Holdings group CC. They were each granted R50,000 bail.
The bail conditions of Mthembu and Gumede prevented them from communicating with members of DSW and supply management. According to Times Select, their arrest followed reports of intimidation of witnesses.
Durban mayor in dock over ‘dirty’ R208m tender
Two days after her birthday, eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede looked festive in her red party dress on Tuesday.
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Property raids — October 2019
Zandile Gumede’s properties in Inanda, Zimbali and Amanzimtoti were raided and items including cash and luxury cars were seized.
KwaZulu-Natal National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Natasha Kara told TimesLIVE that the items seized were believed to be the proceeds of crime in relation to the multimillion-rand fraud and corruption case.
Former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede’s home raided by Hawks, Asset Forfeiture Unit
The Hawks and Asset Forfeiture Unit swooped on several properties, including the home of former eThewkini mayor Zandile Gumede, early on Thursday …
Gumede ‘waiting on charges’ after May arrest — October 2019
Gumede told Times Select in October last year that she had not received a formal charge sheet from the Hawks, months after her arrest in May 2019.
“I’m still awaiting the charges. I am going to be glad once I see the charges because I was arrested without charges and they said I must wait for them. Instead of the charges, here come the Hawks to check the properties that I own and everything,” she said.
Zandile Gumede ‘still awaiting charges’ after Hawks raid her home
Former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede says the Hawks are yet to furnish her with a charge sheet, five months after she was initially arrested and …
Gumede takes shots at Hawks — January 2020
The former mayor took to Twitter in January to question the manner in which she was arrested in May last year.
She shared screenshots of notes she had typed from her phone which were titled “arrest to investigate or investigate to arrest”.
Gumede accused enforcement agencies of using a reversed approach when dealing with matters involving politicians. She also made reference to her raid from October last year and said it was a way to “tarnish” her name as a political activist.
Accused former mayor Zandile Gumede attacks Hawks in Twitter post
Former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede has come out guns blazing, slamming the Hawks, saying they arrested her without having done the proper …
Her return as MPL — August 2020
Gumede was sworn in as an MPL in the KwaZulu-Natal legislature on Tuesday. She replaces Ricardo Mthembu, the former Cogta portfolio committee chairperson who died of Covid-19 related complications in July.
Gumede welcomed her appointment saying “the ANC does not make any mistakes”. She thanked the chief whip and speaker for a “warm welcome”.
“As women, we must be proud of this day. I am very happy,” she said.