Hours after the Eastern Cape auditor-general cleared Nelson Mandela Bay deputy mayor Khusta Jack of any wrong doing, the EFF are still gunning for his ouster.
EFF regional chair Khanya Ngqisha filed a motion of no confidence on Thursday last week against mayor Retief Odendaal, Jack and chief whip Bill Harington after an initial version was challenged in court for its failure to comply with the council’s rules.
The EFF said it wanted Odendaal to be removed because of his failure to act against Jack when the allegations of wrongdoing against the deputy mayor were raised.
Jack’s business dealings with the metro were flagged by the AG in a management report for his alleged failure to declare that he was employed by the state.
According to the report, Yonke Installations was paid R111,766,28 for two jobs it did for the metro in November and December 2021.
However, a leaked letter from AG business unit leader Shereen Noble — dated May 17 — to Jack’s lawyer states that Yonke Installations had been flagged after it appeared that a declaration submitted was false as it did not indicate that Jack was a director of the company.
“We requested from the municipality information about the declaration of interest of Yonke,” Noble said.
“The municipality provided us with a declaration from G John Matthews dated November 23 2020.
“This declaration stated that there was no director who is in service of the state, which contradicted the information we had confirming that Jack is a director of Yonke [Installations] and also a councillor of the municipality.”
The letter states that the AG then requested the city to confirm whether it was correct in respect of the allegation, but no response was provided.
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