State: Gumede unduly benefited R2.9m from eThekwini waste collection tender

Gumede and 21 others face fraud, corruption and racketeering charges relating to the dodgy tender amounting to a revised figure of R320 million, excluding VAT.

Former eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede and 21 others appeared in the Durban Commercial Crimes Court on 23 March 2021. Their case has been transferred to the Durban High Court for a pre-trial conference. Picture: Nkosikhona Duma/Eyewitness News.

JOHANNESBURG - The State alleges that former eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede unduly benefited R2.9 million from a controversial eThekwini waste collection tender.

Gumede and 21 others face fraud, corruption and racketeering charges relating to the dodgy tender amounting to a revised figure of R320 million, excluding VAT.

In a 324-page indictment, the State said Gumede received kickbacks directly into her personal account as well as through a family member and entities associated with her.

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A benefactor identified as K. Hlela in court papers allegedly paid R1.6 million for Gumede’s rented home in Umhlanga, north of Durban, during her tenure as mayor.

At least R854,000 was transferred directly into her account, according to the State.

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Gumede allegedly used some of the funds to purchase airtime amounting to R46,650.

The State said she and her several co-accused face 2,786 counts combined.

The matter has now been transferred to the Durban High Court with the first sitting scheduled for 14 June this year.

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