Two days after her birthday, controversial Durban mayor Zandile Gumede found herself sitting in the dock at the Durban Commercial Crimes Court where she is facing charges of fraud and corruption relating to the R208m Durban Solid Waste tender awarded in 2016. Gumede, who celebrated her 58th birthday on Sunday, appeared alongside eThekwini councillor Mondli Mthembu, who is the chair of the infrastructure committee, and a service provider, Craig Ponnan of El Shaddai Holdings, amid a heavy security presence on Tuesday. Gumede and her two accused were granted R50,000 bail each with stringent conditions by magistrate Dawn Soomaroo. Bail conditions for Gumede and Mthembu prohibit them from communicating with municipal officials and employees from the city's finance division, as well as with officials of Durban Solid Waste and the city's supply management division. They may also not interfere with the functions and operations of the city and must refrain from accessing information or r...

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