The state is expected to gather and reveal further evidence in the case of three Durban businessman accused of bribing an eThekwini official and his wife to secure certain tenders with the municipality.
The deputy director of supply-chain management at eThekwini municipality, Sandile Ngcobo, his wife Vuyiswa — who previously held a position at the municipality — and Durban businessmen Mzwandile Dludla, Hlenga Sibisi and Freedom Blose briefly appeared in the Durban Commercial Crimes Court on Tuesday.
They face charges of corruption, money laundering and contravening the Prevention of Organised Crime Act after it was revealed that Dludla, Sibisi, and Blose had allegedly purchased a Jaguar F-Pace SUV, valued at R1m, from CMH Jaguar Land Rover in Umhlanga on November 3, 2017, for Ngcobo and his wife, in exchange for tenders.
National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Natasha Kara said the matter was adjourned to April 16 for discovery, a legal term referring to procedures used to gather evidence.
Their next appearance date coincides with former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede’s next court appearance in connection with the R389m Durban Solid Waste (DSW) corruption scandal.
Gumede, the Ngcobos, Dludla, and Sibisi are among 11 others in connection with the irregular DSW tender, awarded in 2016. Their arrests emanated from ongoing investigations into the R389m corruption scandal.