In Summary
  • Zandile Gumede, 58, who has led Durban for the past three years, faces charges of embezzling public funds and money laundering, according to a statement released by the city.
  • The arrest comes in the wake of investigations by the special police investigations unit known as the Hawks into fraud and corruption involving a 208-million-rand ($14.6 million) tender to treat solid waste.

DURBAN,

The mayor in South Africa's third largest city, Durban, and a senior ANC member was arrested and charged with corruption on Tuesday, the latest in scandals plaguing the governing party.

Zandile Gumede, 58, who has led Durban for the past three years, faces charges of embezzling public funds and money laundering, according to a statement released by the city.

"The municipality will co-operate fully with the legal process," said Msawakhe Mayisela, spokeswoman of the southeastern city.

The arrest comes in the wake of investigations by the special police investigations unit known as the Hawks into fraud and corruption involving a 208-million-rand ($14.6 million) tender to treat solid waste.

"Service providers were allegedly paid huge amounts of monies even though they did not render any service," said the Hawks spokesman Hangwani Mulaudzi in a statement.

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