Assets worth R50m seized in Durban raid

More than R50 million in assets have been seized from alleged fraudsters – including former eThekwini mayor, Zandile Gumede. Courtesy #DStv403

DURBAN - More than R50-million in assets have been seized from alleged fraudsters, including former eThekwini mayor, Zandile Gumede on Thursday.

The Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) and the Hawks have cracked down on 16 people linked to a multi-million fraud case.

Other municipal officials and contractors have also been charged.

WATCH: Luxury vehicles seized in Durban raid

Gumede wasn’t at the first home listed as her residence, but she was quickly tracked down to her fancy Inanda house to receive her notice.

Those close to her claim this could be a political smear campaign.

WATCH: AFU raids Gumede's Durban property

Hawks spokesperson, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said Gumede was served and cooperated.

"Like I said if we talk about immovable properties, it’s houses. We might have not taken anything physically but she was served and she cooperated with us very well.”

The 15 others targeted saw their high-end cars and luxury homes - from Umhlanga to Ballito - seized.

This is a temporary measure, and the outcome of the criminal case will determine if the assets are returned.

Gumede, out on bail and her co-accused are expected back in court in January next year.

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