The eThekwini Municipality said on Wednesday that it noted the arrest earlier in the day of four of its councillors and would cooperate with authorities “without fail”

Fifteen people were arrested on Wednesday morning for their alleged role in a R208 million tender scam involving the city’s waste management arm, Durban Solid Waste. Of those arrested, four were councillors, three were contractors, and the remainder included officials.

“The city notes the arrests of four councillors and eight officials by the Hawks. We are on record as saying that, under no circumstances shall we impede law enforcement agencies and institutions tasked with dispensing justice to do their noble work,” said municipal spokesperson Msawakhe Mayisela.

He said that the city reiterated its stance that where there was a suspicion of unlawful conduct, it would cooperate with law enforcement “without fail”.

“This is because we have declared fraud and corruption our enemy number one. The municipality would like to assure residents that the arrests will not have a negative impact on service delivery,” Mayisela added.

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The suspects appeared at the Durban commercial crimes court on Wednesday afternoon.

eThekwini’s former mayor, Zandile Gumede, senior ANC councillor Mondli Mthembu, and businessman Craig Poonan were arrested in March this year in relation to the same tender.

A clutch of others, including senior officials, had been arrested before the trio, in relation to the same case. They have all been released on R50 000 bail and will appear again in January.

Hawks spokesperson, brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, told (ANA) that more arrests were imminent. “There are a lot more to come,” he said, although he was not willing to divulge the number of those who would be arrested or if they would be nabbed before the new year.

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Author: ANA Newswire