Supporters of former eThekwini Mayor, Zandile Gumede, have voiced out their disappointment after the Durban High Court barred the public from attending the case due to COVID-19 protocols.

They have gathered outside the court to support Gumede on  Tuesday morning.

The former mayor and 21 others are appearing in court over the alleged fraudulent awarding of eThekwini waste removal tender.

Case against Zandile Gumede and 21 others moved to the Durban High Court:

Gumede and some of her co-accused were arrested in 2019.

In June, the matter was postponed for the parties to exchange further particulars.

A spokesperson for Gumede supporters, Ntando Khuzwayo says Gumede says the case has dragged for years without trial.

“Even the general public is not allowed, and it does not make sense as we are on level 1. We are very concerned… next year is going to be four years. The matter is just dragging on and on and we are expecting the state will put [request] for another postponement because we don’t think they are trial-ready. They were asked for further particulars,” says Khuzwayo.