The Eastern Cape High Court (Makhanda) has set aside a council resolution to fire a law firm doing work for the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality, criticising the councillors who had voted blindly along with Mayor Mongameli Bobani – after he simply waved a piece of paper around as he claimed to have proof that Gray Moodliar Inc had milked the city’s coffers.

According to a report in The Herald, Acting Judge Margaux Beard said the decision to terminate the law firm’s services had been completely irrational and based on unsubstantiated facts.

But Bobani is not taking the decision of the High Court in Makhanda lying down and has already plotted his next move to try to oust Gray Moodliar.

Shortly after judgment was handed down yesterday, he said he would now turn to the SCA in a bid to overturn the decision.

The court papers were already being drawn up, Bobani said. Beard also reprimanded ANC councillor Andile Lungisa for advocating the use of violence when he suggested storming the law firm’s offices to remove their files by force.

Beard said she condemned his statements in the strongest of terms.

The court’s decision to set aside the council resolution is also a pricey one, with a costs order being issued against the municipality.

The decisions of the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality taken on 28 February and 4 and 9 April 2019 – in which the council resolved to withdraw all current cases of Gray Moodliar, and in which they had been instructed – are reviewed and set aside,’ Beard said.

Full report in The Herald (subscription needed)