Zandile Gumede corruption, fraud case postponed again

Zandile Gumede corruption, fraud case postponed again

The corruption and fraud case against former eThekwini Mayor, Zandile Gumede and her 16 co-accused has been postponed again in the Durban Commercial Crimes Court. 

Zandile Gumede corruption, fraud case postponed again
Nushera Soodyal

They are facing charges relating to a multi-million Rand Durban Solid Waste tender dating back to 2016.

It is alleged that service providers received payment, but there was nothing to show for it.

Journalists and supporters were not allowed into the courtroom on Thursday but were briefed after proceedings ended.

The State made an application for a further postponement - saying officials need more time to gather bank statements and phone records - because the lockdown had delayed them.

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The court has granted the six-week adjournment for the investigation to be wrapped up. 

Advocate Jay Naidoo who represents Gumede and two other accused, says he plans to bring an application to strike the matter off the role if the State isn't ready by the next appearance. 

"What's happened is that the court has given them six weeks to obtain all of that information. 

"I have served notice on them that in the event that they don't have all of that information and the investigation is not complete - we will be bringing an application for the matter to be struck off the roll until the investigations are complete," says Naidoo. 

The matter has been postponed to September. 

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