South Africa

WATCH: Zandile Gumede lawyer confident of victory as corruption trial gets under way

Durban – Despite the State having produced convincing evidence of alleged corruption against former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede and 20 others, the leader of the legal defence team of the ANC eThekwini heavyweight is confident of victory.

Advocate Jay Naidoo told the media outside the Durban High Court on Monday that Gumede, his client, has maintained her innocence from the day she was charged in April 2019.

Gumede and her co-accused, who include suspended eThekwini city manager Sipho Nzuza, former supply chain manager Sandile Ngcobo, Robert Abbu (a former eThekwini municipality senior employee) and senior ANC councillor in the eThekwini Municipality, Mondli Mthembu, are accused of corruption, money laundering and fraud.