On Tuesday ,14 May, the Mayor of Ethekwini municipality, Zandile Gumede briefly appeared at the Durban commercial crimes court.
It is alleged that the mayor and her co-accused are facing money laundering, corruption and racketeering charges.
However the judge granted Gumede R50 000 bail when she appeared in court the very same day.
According to news 24 article Gumede is suspected of using her political position to influence a Durban Solid Waste (DSW) contract that had no ceiling on the amount of illegal dumping. There was a previous ceiling of R5m.
Meanwhile it is said that another official allegedly facilitated for four service providers to win the refuse collection contract for three months, valued at R45m with an unlimited budget for illegal dumping.
Furthermore she and her accomplice are accused of manipulating various legal and supply chain processes to ensure that the four service providers manipulated the tender system.
It was revealed that they did this by using the “Section 36” clause in municipal law that led to the contractors’ appointment in an emergency. This act, according to police, was falsely used.