At the end of a tough week for disgraced ex-eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede, she has at least scored a minor victory on Friday – assisted by a honking own goal from the legal authorities. Due to a grave error in communication, the ANC representative has been absolved of any (further) criminal activity.
There was all sorts of pandemonium on the streets of Durban on Thursday, as the Hawks and various media crews raced across town to find Gumede. The first address they turned up at was incorrect, and it was revealed that the controversial public figure had moved out some months ago.
How Zandile Gumede escaped punishment for "bail breach"
Initially, law enforcement suggested that Zandile Gumede had violated her bail conditions by changing her residence without informing the correct officials. However, there was a major development in court this afternoon – Bulelani Mazomba of Shembe Attorney's dropped a right royal bollock on this one.
It was Bulelani's job to let the courts know the outgoing mayor had indeed informed him of the address change. However, the attorney never got round to it. Mazomba faced the music earlier this afternoon and submitted a sworn affidavit that confirmed he did receive Zandile Gumede's new details, but failed to log them.
BREAKING: Magistrate Dawn Somaroo rules that #ZandileGumede did not intentionally violate her bail conditions. She is due back in court on 15th January 2020 for her criminal case.— Dasen Thathiah (@DasenThathiah) October 11, 2019
Another cock-up in the eThekwini raid operation
The unfortunate incident comes just 24 hours after a coordinated series of raids across the municipality uncovered a fleet of luxury cars belonging to Gumede's co-accused. Around 15 other city officials are implicated in a massive corruption case regarding the department's sophisticated "tender fraud" scheme.
Around R50 million of seized items were claimed by the Asset Forfeiture Unit earlier in the week, with vehicles ranging from Ferarris to Jaguars found hidden in garages at fairly modest properties.
Zandile Gumede herself had to post R50 000 bail earlier this year. She returns to court with her fellow alleged wrong-doers in January 2020. Thankfully for her, there won't be any additional charges on her rap sheet.
Instructing attorney Bulelani Mazomba of #ZandileGumede's legal team has taken blame for the violation of bail conditions. He's about to take th standGumede's legal team says it slipped Mazomba's mind to tell the IO of the change in residential address @Newzroom405 pic.twitter.com/2hwWSIIcXo— Karinda Jagmohan (@Karinda_J) October 11, 2019