The eThekwini acting mayor in Durban - Fawzia Peer - has confirmed that the bottled water which she drank at the city's council meeting earlier this week was indeed laced with paraffin. Peer was rushed to hospital for treatment. Mayor
Zandile Gumede has been placed on 30 days forced leave after being arrested on a charge of corruption concerning tenders. Peer says the bottled water has been taken in for testing: "When I drank the water it was like paraffin and the repercussion of the paraffin was that it actually inflamed my entire mouth. It inflamed my mouth for the last two days and I could not eat very well, and it's still very inflamed, the inside of my
mouth. Also, I must thank City Hospital for immediately giving me treatment where charcoal was put into me."