Posh homes and cars seized in SA anti-corruption raid

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Anti-corruption officers in South Africa have seized upmarket homes and luxury cars during a series of raids in the coastal city of Durban.

The raids targeted the city’s sacked mayor Zandile Gumede, and more than 10 other people.

Ms Gumede has been charged with corruption over the awarding of a solid waste tender worth 208m South African rand ($13m; £10m) in 2016.

She has pleaded not guilty to the charges, and is currently out on bail.

Anti-corruption officers said they were raiding more than 10 properties and seizing 51m rand in assets, report says.

It is unclear what exactly has been confiscated from Ms Gumede.

“It is a general process. When we believe an accused owns asset that are proceeds of crime, we get an order from the court to confiscate them and put them under curatorship and the assets stay with the curator,” she was quoted as saying.

National Prosecuting Authority NPA spokeswoman Natasha Kara said that assets from all the accused had been seized, including upmarket homes in three suburbs and luxury sports cars such as Porsches and Lamborghinis.

 

 

Dominica Nwabufo