gavel thumb100 ANA reports that the city manager of eThekwini municipality, Sipho Nzuza, appeared in the Durban Commercial Crimes Court on Tuesday for his alleged role in the nearly R500 million fraudulent tender scheme that contributed to the “redeployment” of former city mayor Zandile Gumede.  

He was granted R50,000 bail, which was unopposed by the state.  The court heard that Nzuza extended Durban Solid Waste (DSW) tenders even though he was aware that they were irregular and that funds were depleted.  This was alleged to have taken place in 2018 when Gumede was still eThekwini mayor.  The court further heard that Nzuza had sought sides in the outcome of the tender to make sure only specific service providers were awarded the contracts.  Nzuza now becomes accused 17 in the ongoing matter and, along with his co-accused, faces charges of fraud, corruption, collusion, money laundering, and contravention of the Municipal Finance Management Act.  He briefly referred to the allegations he faced and alluded to the claim that he was, in fact, a whistleblower:

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