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nelsonmandelabayNews24 reports that the suspended Nelson Mandela Bay city manager, Noxolo Nqwazi, will not be returning to work soon after her attempt to get her job back by approaching the Eastern Cape High Court in Gqeberha failed on Wednesday.

Acting Judge Hymie Zilwa ruled that the matter was not urgent and struck it from the roll. Shortly after her precautionary suspension in an emergency council meeting last month, Nqwazi approached the court to challenge the decision. She is currently on trial in the Gqeberha Specialised Commercial Crimes Court, facing charges of fraud and corruption. The charges stem from her alleged involvement in a toilet tender of more than R24 million, which was fraudulently awarded by the municipality a few years ago. Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana insisted on Nqwazi's removal as one of the conditions to disburse more than R700 million in Equitable Share Grant funding owed to the municipality. According to Nqwazi’s court documents dated 30 October 2023, she claimed her suspension was "irregular and unfair" and that the decision was taken "for ulterior, political motives." She requested that her suspension be declared invalid and set aside, but in his brief judgment Zilwa said he was not persuaded that the matter was urgent. Nqwazi is liable for the legal fees.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Candice Bezuidenhout at News24

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