Zandile Gumede, 58, mayor in South Africa’s third largest city, Durban, and a senior ANC(African National Congress) member was arrested and charged with corruption on Tuesday (14 May 2019. She has been mayor for three years. She is being charged for embezzling public funds and money laundering.
Ms Gumede is known to be a strong ally of former president Jacob Zuma who is under investigations for corruption. Mondli Mthembu‚ a councillor who chairs the human-settlements committee in council‚ and three other officials were charged along with her. Gumede and Mondli Mthembu were released on $3,500 bail each.The statement issued on Tuesday by the special police investigations unit known as the Hawks said three suspects will appear at the Durban specialised commercial court on Tuesday as part the Hawks’ national clean audit task team (NCATT) investigation at the municipality.
Hawks were investigating a $14.6-million tender for hiring and cleaning of 800 chemical toilets. Arrests were made as a result of this investigation. The service providers were allegedly paid huge amounts of monies even though they did not provide any service.