Mur­phy en­ters le­gal bat­tle as friend of court

Pretoria News - - FRONT PAGE - – Kennedy Mudzuli

TSH­WANE COO James Mur­phy has en­tered to­day’s le­gal bat­tle be­tween the mu­nic­i­pal­ity and its em­bat­tled city man­ager Dr Moeketsi Mosola re­gard­ing the GladAfrica ten­der scan­dal as a friend of the court.

The Pre­to­ria News has it on good au­thor­ity that Mur­phy would ap­pear at the Labour Court to chal­lenge Mosola’s ac­cu­sa­tion in his found­ing af­fi­davit in which he al­leged that the COO played a role in the pro­cure­ment of the con­tro­ver­sial R12 bil­lion ten­der to over­see in­fra­struc­ture roll­out.

At least three sources con­firmed that Mur­phy’s lawyers filed pa­pers in the Labour Court on Tues­day to al­low him to be part of to­day’s pro­ceed­ings.

“They have filed what is legally called ‘in­ter­ven­tion’; in sim­ple terms, it means join­ing pro­ceed­ings as a friend of the court,” a source close to the pro­ceed­ings said.

Mur­phy was tasked by coun­cil at its spe­cial sit­ting on Septem­ber 10 to ap­point an in­de­pen­dent and ex­ter­nal com­pany to in­ves­ti­gate the ten­der.

Mosola ap­proached the court to­wards the end of last month to in­ter­dict Ex­ec­u­tive Mayor Solly Msi­manga, speaker Katlego Mathebe and the coun­cil from tabling the in­terim re­port of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, con­ducted by Bow­mans at­tor­neys. The re­port was to be tabled at the Oc­to­ber or­di­nary sit­ting of coun­cil.

The court granted Mosola a tem­po­rary re­lief and post­poned the mat­ter to to­day.

In terms of the in­terim re­port, the pro­cure­ment of GladAfrica by the City of Tsh­wane was ir­reg­u­lar.

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