It’s noth­ing but ‘a vex­a­tious at­tempt’

The Star Early Edition - - BUSINESS REPORT - Roy Cokayne

THE CITY of Jo­han­nes­burg be­lieves the R1.94 bil­lion civil dam­ages claim against it is “with­out merit”.

Makhudu Se­fara, the group head of com­mu­ni­ca­tions at the City of Jo­han­nes­burg, con­firmed that the city had re­ceived a claim of R1.9bn from Bill Kirk, who was a mem­ber of an un­suc­cess­ful bid­ding con­sor­tium for a ten­der ad­ver­tised in the early 2000s.

“The city and its en­tity, the Jo­han­nes­burg Prop­erty Com­pany, have filed a no­tice to de­fend the mat­ter as we are of the opin­ion that the claim is with­out merit. The city has no knowl­edge of the crim­i­nal case that has been opened. How­ever, the law en­force­ment agen­cies must per­form their du­ties with­out fear or favour,” he said.

Se­fara added that Kirk had taken this mat­ter to the Scor­pi­ons be­fore its dis­band­ment, the for­mer Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor, the Hawks and other in­sti­tu­tions, which in­ves­ti­gated this mat­ter over a pe­riod of no less than 12 years with­out any suc­cess.

“The city will ve­he­mently de­fend it­self against what ap­pears, at least to us, a vex­a­tious at­tempt,” he said.

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