JOHANNESBURG – Former President Jacob Zuma has thrown his weight behind controversial eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede.
In a tweet posted on Sunday night, Zuma said he hoped the corruption charges against Gumede were not politically motivated like his. Zuma said he would continue to support the mayor.
Gumede’s charges relate to a 2016 Durban solid waste removal tender, which reportedly cost the city over R200 million for services not rendered.
She is currently out on bail after appearing in court last week.
I have sadly learned that Comrade Zandile Gumede has been charged with corruption. I hope it is not politically motivated and that the state has enough evidence to substantiate this charge. I speak from experience from my own politically motivated charges.
— Jacob G Zuma (@PresJGZuma) May 19, 2019