Ar­rested, but at meet­ing

The Citizen (KZN) - - News -

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

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