Luxury sports cars seized as Hawks, AFU raid homes of former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede and co-accused

Former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede. (Jabulani Langa, Gallo Images, Daily Sun, file)
Former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede. (Jabulani Langa, Gallo Images, Daily Sun, file)

The Hawks' crime-fighting unit has confirmed that it is raiding the home of former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede.

Hawks officers and members of the Asset Forfeiture Unit arrived at Gumede's Umhlanga home early on Thursday morning.

Gumede and several co-accused are facing fraud and corruption charges related to a municipal solid waste tender worth R208m. The ANC removed her from her position after her arrest.

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It's understood Gumede was not at the Umhlanga home when the officers arrived.

Speaking to News24, National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Natasha Kara said the asset seizure was implemented on Gumede and her fellow accused in the corruption matter she was arrested for earlier this year.

"This is simple a seizure of assets. We got an order from the court to seize their assets from the various accused in her corruption matter pending the outcome of the criminal charge. In so far as the state's case goes, we believe these are proceeds of crime."

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Kara said several properties from all the accused were seized, including upmarket homes in Umhlanga, Amanzimtoti and Zimbali. She said luxury sports cars, such as Porsches and Lamborghinis, were also seized.

"It is a general process. When we believe an accused owns asset that are proceeds of crime, we get an order from the court to confiscate them and put them under curatorship and the assets stay with the curator."

She added: "It is not something new or discriminatory. We do this to many accused. This is just a process of the law."

Kara said the State was confident about their case.

"We have faith in our case. It should be noted that these assets can be returned depending on the way the case goes."

This is a developing story. More to follow.

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