Zandile Gumede, 21 co-accused back in court

Zandile Gumede, 21 co-accused back in court

Former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede and 21 co-accused are expected back in the High Court in Durban on Tuesday. The charges against them include fraud, corruption and racketeering.

The amended indictment was served when Gumede, former eThekwini municipal manager – Sipho Nzuza, four councillors and eight business people appeared in court last year.

The case stems from a Durban Solid Waste tender of over R400 million in 2017.

The amended indictment of 397 pages now contains 2 793 charges. It now lists Gumede as accused number one, followed by former councillor Mondli Mthembu as accused two, with Nzuza.

The previous indictment had listed municipal official Robert Abbu as accused number one, amongst the alleged key role players.

In a statement, KwaZulu-Natal NPA spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson Kara says the state confirmed its readiness for trial, however, some of the legal representatives advised that they would be making additional requests for further particulars.

The state is expected to respond to the requests made by some legal representatives for further particulars.

The video below is the previous court proceedings of former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede trial:

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