The fraud and corruption case against former eThekwini mayor Zandil Gumede and 21 others will return to the Durban High Court on Thursday.

This comes in the wake of an alleged irregular Durban solid waste tender of 320 million rand in 2017.

The financial problems of some of the defendants caused the start of the trial to be delayed.

Last week, lawyer Carl van der Merwe, who represented the three defendants, withdrew from the case, citing a lack of funds.

Van der Merwe represented Bongani Dlomo, Khoboso Dlomo and their company Omphile Thabang Projects.

KwaZulu-Natal National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Natasha Ramkisan-Kara says: “The State’s case against Zandile Gumede and 21 others will return to the Durban High Court. At the last appearance, the case was adjourned for the legal representation of the two defendants, as well as for submissions and objections to the charges brought forward by another.”

“Gumede and others face several charges including conspiracy to commit corruption, fraud, money laundering and breach of the Municipal Finance Management Act amounting to more than 300 million rand,” added Ramkissan-Kara.

In the video below, legal analyst, lawyer Modijima Manya​ breaks down Gumede’s court case:

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