Buffalo City mayor's case postponed

Zukiswa Ncitha is facing charges of corruption, fraud and money laundering.

Buffalo City Municipality Mayor Zukiswa Ncitha was arrested on 23 June 2014.

CAPE TOWN - Buffalo City Mayor Zukiswa Ncitha will return to court in September to face charges of corruption, fraud and money laundering.

Ncitha, her deputy, the speaker and three other officials were forced to hand themselves over to the police on Monday following a probe into the alleged misuse of funds allocated for former president Nelson Mandela's memorial last year.

Politically connected individuals are said to have benefitted.

The Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality's leadership is in turmoil with the mayor and senior officials implicated in the misuse of funds allocated to Mandela's memorial services in the Eastern Cape.

The provincial local government department's Mamnkeli Ngam says for now, there is no change in leadership.

"At the appropriate time and at the appropriate intervention, action will be taken to ensure that the provision of services and leadership in the municipality continues unabated."

The African National Congress in the province says the officials are innocent until proven guilty.

They were granted bail of R10,000 each on Monday.