Jo’burg takes battle over city manager to SCA 

By Zukile Majova

The City of Johannesburg is taking its bid to appoint Floyd Brink as the city manager to the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA).

The city suffered another setback on Monday when the Johannesburg High Court dismissed its  application for leave to appeal a previous ruling that the appointment of Brink was unconstitutional.

Brink has been in charge of the city’s R80 billion budget.

On Monday the court said there was no prospect of success in the metro’s appeal. On 7 November Judge Steven Budlender found that the recruitment process followed by the city to employ Brink was irregular.

“Having considered the three grounds of appeal raised during oral argument and the remaining grounds raised in the application for leave to appeal and heads of argument, I am of the view that the proposed appeal bears no prospects of success, and there is no other compelling reason for leave to appeal to be granted,” Justice Budlender said.

The court ruling is the culmination of a long campaign by the DA which has challenged Brink’s appointment as city manager.

The party first questioned Brink’s qualifications for the job and claimed he was appointed without passing the vetting process.

Brink was also accused of flouting tender processes while he was still acting city manager. 

On Monday, the High Court upheld its initial ruling on Brink’s appointment but the metro has confirmed it is taking the matter to the SCA.

Brink was appointed at a time of political turmoil in the city when DA mayor Dr Mpho Phalatse was removed by the ANC coalition which made councillor Thapelo Amad of the Al Jama-ah party the executive mayor.

DA councillor Belinda Kayser-Echeozonjoku said the council should be dissolved and fresh elections be held for the Johannesburg metro.

“The appointment of the city manager was yet another example of a corrupt regime, trying to deploy yet another one of their cadres. This is the reality of the City of Johannesburg, and the reason they are failing.”

Pictured above: Johannesburg City Manager Floyd Brink.

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