JOHANNESBURG - Former eThekekwini mayor Zandile Gumede says she's distraught after the raid on her home by the Hawks.
“It's painful but what can we do? The only thing we can do is to comply if such things happen, but it's really really painful because I wasn't aware, I was sleeping,” said Gumede
Gumede said she does not own any luxurious cars.
“I am poor as a church mouse,” she said.
She still maintains she's innocent of all charges against her and says the Hawks left with nothing.
“They went back empty-handed because I don't own any Lamborghini, any Porsche car. I am just having my old Prado and my van,” she said.
On Thursday, more than R50-million in assets have been seized from alleged fraudsters, including former Gumede.
The Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) and the Hawks cracked down on 16 people linked to a multi-million fraud case.
Other municipal officials and contractors have also been charged.
Gumede was speaking to eNCA's Siphamandla Goge.