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Wiseman Nkuhlu, the economic adviser to former president Thabo Mbeki, remains chairman of the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) but claimed yesterday that his job was on the line.
The Congress of the People claimed earlier this week that Nkuhlu, who was away on a business trip at the time, was fired after he was associated with the party.
The party said Nkuhlu was informed in a letter from Eastern Cape finance and economic affairs MEC Phumulo Masaulle that his employment had been terminated.
Nkuhlu is said to have been nominated by Cope on its list to Parliament.
Yesterday Nkuhlu told Sapa that he had received a letter from Masaulle, but it did not indicate that he had been fired.
"I am still chairman of the ECDC ... I received a letter from the MEC indicating he would like to meet with me," he said.
In the letter, Masaulle questioned Nkuhlu's ability "to deliver on his mandate as the chairman of the ECDC".
"As a result, I am giving consideration to relieving you of your appointment ... but would like to afford you the opportunity to make representations to me before I make a decision," said the MEC's letter.
Nkuhlu said he was keen to meet Masaulle but had not been able to secure an appointment yet.
Yesterday Nkuhlu said he had not yet decided whether he would accept the nomination by Cope. "That matter has not yet been finalised," he said.
Chief of staff in the MEC's office Andile Fani said he could not immediately comment on the matter. - Sapa