A law firm fired by the municipality has accused Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Mongameli Bobani of playing games with the court in an affidavit he was not even entitled to give, says a Daily Dispatch report.

Hitting back in court papers for the last time before the matter is due to be argued in the Eastern Cape High Court (Makhanda), Gray Moodliar Inc highlighted what it claimed are the mayor’s biggest untruths. The disgruntled law firm is challenging the termination of its services by the municipality and has asked that the matter be dealt with on an urgent basis.

Bobani had filed an opposing affidavit.

Taking exception to the first paragraph in Bobani’s answering affidavit, law firm director Sureshni Moodliar says: ‘The deponent to the answering affidavit merely states that he is the executive mayor of the municipality, but does not say that he is duly authorised to represent the municipality.’

Moodliar said this omission was significant, because Bobani was in fact not authorised to do so. Moodliar said in terms of section 59 of the Systems Act, this was the duty of the city manager. But, it would appear, then acting city manager Peter Neilson had turned the tables on Bobani, instead submitting an affidavit detailing just how desperate he had been to fire the firm.

Moodliar said Bobani’s affidavit was riddled with claims that were simply not believable.

In other instances, he was willing to make statements on matters on which he had no knowledge.

Full Daily Dispatch report