DURBAN- The State has concluded Zandile Gumede’s testimony as a witness in the corruption and fraud trial of the former mayor of Ethekwini.
The witness has been giving testimony in the trial for more than a month but cannot be identified for safety reasons.
Gumede and 21 other people are accused of solid waste tender fraud, theft, money laundering, and racketeering.
The State claims that the more than R320 million tender was awarded with irregularities.
The witness who is connected to the Durban Solid Waste Department testified regarding the selection of contractors for the municipality’s work.
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He has primarily mentioned Allan Abbu, with whom he collaborated closely, out of the 22 accused.
Additionally, he previously informed the court that Abbu eventually took over as department head.
Additionally, the defense has begun cross-examining after the State has finished its questions.
All of the accused are present in court as the trial goes on.