Joburg to approach SCA in Brink appointment battle

Joburg to approach SCA in Brink appointment battle

The City of Johannesburg has vowed to approach the Supreme Court of Appeal as it looks to overturn a High Court judgment on the appointment of City Manager Floyd Brink.

​ Joburg manager Floyd Brink appointment declared unlawful
Floyd Brink

On Monday, the High Court upheld its initial ruling on Brink's appointment.

The city filed an application for leave to appeal after the same court declared Brink's appointment unconstitutional, unlawful and invalid.

Brink was appointed in February this year under the administration of former mayor Thapelo Amad.

The DA challenged his appointment in May.

The party claims Brink did not meet the minimum requirements of the job specifications, which mandated 10 years of senior management experience.

Following the judgment on Monday, the DA’s Johannesburg caucus leader, Belinda Kayser-Echeozonjoku, insisted that the party's goal has always been to safeguard the citizens of Johannesburg against the illegal conduct of the coalition government.

However, Mayor Kabelo Gwamanda believes the SCA might come to a different conclusion.

"It was the considered view of the city that the independence of the judiciary to act with discernment and fairness must be given due opportunity and respect.

"It remains a strongly held view of the city that a higher court may come to a different and independent conclusion on the said matter, and as such, the city has decided to consider the judgment and to exercise its legal rights and to petition the Supreme Court of Appeal to directly hear and adjudicate the matter," said Gwamanda.

He also accused the judge of bias in favour of  the DA.

“From the onset, it has been a concern that the acting judge enjoys a close relationship with the DA, having acted for the party on numerous occasions, including on matters relating to the City of Johannesburg. 

“However, it has also been our duty to test the independence and impartiality of our courts even under such conditions of suspected bias," he said.

“Our resolve is in the interests of defending the stability of the city’s administrative structures and not a defence of any single individual.”


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