An untenable situation unfolded at the Durban high court this morning wherein former eThekwini Mayor, Zandile Gumede appeared in relation to corruption, fraud and money laundering charges regarding the infamous R320-million tender contract.
Gumede who is a high-profile political figure in the ANC eThekwini region by virtue of being its chairperson, is alleged to have used her position along with many others to siphon resources from in the guise of a Municipal Solid Waste Management contract.
The tender which has since been declared invalid and unlawful, was awarded after the public finance management act was flouted at supply chain level.
Meanwhile, the state was not ready to proceed with the matter today, as the state still wants to add a racketeering (extortion) charge against Gumede and Co, and the matter was therefore postponed to 29 March for pre-trial.
This development did not sit Kindly with Gumede's supporters who had come in their numbers to demonstrate their unwavering support for their leader.
They literally congregated just outside the court's precinct, rendering a session of struggle songs and speeches thereof.
Quite worryingly, former ANC ward 24 councillor, Sfiso Mngadi, made some controversially criminal utterances.
He suggested that the criminal justice system as well as the judiciary are working hand in glove in a deliberate manner to deal decisively with certain people in the ANC, and this is done particularly along factional lines. He ijiya therefore stated that the matter has dragged for far too long, and they might end up burning the court eventually.
"We are tired with the judiciary, and another delay we will burn this court (sic). We will turn against the Judiciary. We are tired of being treated in this manner by the judiciary," the ANC leader's short speech was greeted by a crescendo of noise.
Law-abiding South Africans would certainly be left greatly concerned when members of the ruling party make reckless statements in the name of defending a person who's accused of stealing gargantuan sums of public funds.
As a matter of principle, they ought to allow the legal process to unfold and for Gumede to be vindicated if indeed she did not do anything wrong.
Casting aspersions on the judiciary and threatening to burn courts is treasonous, and it is for this reason that law enforcement agencies must swoop in with automatic alacrity and deal with such criminal behaviour.
We really cannot afford to allow people who express dissent through burning of State property, more so, courts, it's against every principle in the book and it basically sets us back in terms of infrastructure development.
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