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durbanANA reports that eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede and councillor Mondli Mthembu are alleged to have orchestrated a march to Durban City Hall last month that called for the removal of the city manager because he would not sign off on a payment for an illegal tender.  

The allegation was made at the Durban Commercial Crimes Court on Tuesday where Gumede and Mthembu were appearing on graft charges.  According to an affidavit of the lead Hawks’ investigator:  “In April 2019, information was received that mayor Gumede incited a march to the [Durban] city hall to request the removal of [city manager Sipho Nzuza] from office on the grounds that he refused to take orders from the mayor to make the irregular payments.  On 16 April, at about 2pm, a large group of people gathered outside city hall protesting and demanding the removal of the city manager.  Information is at hand that mayor Gumede and councillor Mthembu orchestrated these events.”  Gumede appeared in court on Tuesday alongside Mthembu and service provider Craig Ponnan.  The trio was released on R50,000 bail each.  Gumede is also the chairperson of the ANC eThekwini region, while Mthembu is its deputy secretary.  They are part of a group – the others were arrested two weeks ago – that are alleged to have conspired to swindle the city out of R45m through the illegal awarding of a Durban Solid Waste (DSW) contract.  Gumede, Mthembu, and Poonan will appear again on 8 August with the other accused.

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