Arrested, but at meeting
Four eThekwini metro councillors who were arrested on Wednesday in connection with the Durban Solid Waste tender corruption allegations would still attend a council meeting yesterday, Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda said.
The Hawks arrested the four with three contractors in relation to a R208 million tender case, which also involves former mayor Zandile Gumede.
“The law is very clear, if there are allegations against you, there are processes your organisation will have to follow,” Kaunda said.
“Those are processes that we will be leaving with the ANC to decide. They will be present. They are still councillors. They have not been suspended, they have not been fired, so they are still councillors.”
Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said 15 people had been arrested on various fraud and corruption charges, including four councillors, municipal officials and community-based contractors.
“We must allow the law to take its course. All law enforcement agencies don’t have to come to us as leadership for a permit to arrest or not arrest,” Kaunda said.
The eThekwini DA caucus leader, Nicole Graham, said the councillors should have been removed.
“The eThekwini speaker, Weziwe Thusi, has failed to table any charges against these councillors and they continue their work. This is despite numerous attempts from the DA to have the matter addressed.”
The arrests followed a yearlong investigation by the Hawks into allegations that they had received gratifications, engaged in money laundering and contravened the Municipal Finance and Municipal System Acts.
Gumede is out on R50 000 bail in the case.
She and others are accused of colluding with corporate entities and others to circumvent the outcome of the supply chain management protocols. – News24 Wire