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12 March 2019
 
Crooks Hawk Durban Mayor’s Advisor
 
The Mayor of eThekwini Municipality, Cllr Zandile Gumede, views with seriousness the recent article that was published by Sunday Tribune, 10/03/2019, following the Durban High Court order that was granted by Presiding Judge Dhaya Pillay on the matter.
 
“It is alleged that Mr Mlungisi Ntombela who is my political advisor and his family were terrorised by Hawks investigators because he refused to implicate myself in a political killing of a ward councillor,” said Gumede.
 
In view of the judgement, I have urgently requested legal advice in the light of these spurious and senseless allegations. I have also allowed Mr Ntombela some space to deal with the matter while he and his family are receiving counselling.
 
“For a long time my name has been subjected to the court of public opinion. The recent events are testimony to the fact that there are forces hard at work, operating and conniving in dark corners,” continued Gumede.
 
“Clearly, they are using all dirty tactics with an aim of removing me as the Mayor and the Chairperson of the ANC in eThekwini region. They want to achieve their goal by hook or crook and are assisted by unscrupulous elements using state security and the public purse as a tool,” she ended.
 
Mayor said that she will continue with service delivery work and play her role in ensuring that elections are successful despite all these distractions.
 
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Issued by office of the Mayor of eThekwini Municipality – Durban City Hall
 
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