Sup­port for Knysna coun­cil­lor

Cape Times - - METRO - Do­minic.adri­aanse@inl.co.za

THE Knysna Ratepay­ers As­so­ci­a­tion has thrown its weight be­hind em­bat­tled DA ward 10 coun­cil­lor Peter My­ers, say­ing the lat­est at­tempts to oust him will fall flat.

My­ers ap­peared be­fore an ethics com­mit­tee on Wed­nes­day fac­ing charges of mis­con­duct.

The axed Knysna deputy mayor is charged with fall­ing foul of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s code of con­duct af­ter al­legedly dis­clos­ing con­fi­den­tial ad­min-re­lated in­for­ma­tion in Oc­to­ber 2017.

The ratepay­ers’s chair­per­son Chris Gould said: “I saw the charge sheet and the en­tire mat­ter is pro­ce­du­rally in­cor­rect. Hav­ing lost on the po­lit­i­cal front, this is an­other at­tempt to get rid of him but this will fail as there is no ev­i­dence and they don’t even iden­tify the com­plainant.”

Gould said he ad­vo­cated for an open hear­ing as was done in April when My­ers and mayor Mark Willemse faced a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing for vot­ing in favour of a mo­tion of no con­fi­dence in for­mer mayor Eleanore Bouw-Spies.

My­ers said the mat­ter had been post­poned for two weeks.

“I have noth­ing to hide and I wel­come an open hear­ing as it serves in the in­ter­est of the cit­i­zens of Knysna. The charges against me are base­less,” he said. Knysna Speaker Ge­or­lene Wol­marans said: “The coun­cil­lor has been charged with breach of items 2 and 10 of the Code of Con­duct for Coun­cil­lors. The coun­cil­lor has not been sus­pended as the code of con­duct does not make pro­vi­sion for sus­pen­sion.

Dis­ci­plinary Chair­per­son Dono­van Po­fad­der said they were not at lib­erty to dis­close the name of the com­plainant.

“It must be noted that the Guide­line adopted by Coun­cil for dis­ci­plinary hear­ings pro­vides that this hear­ing will take place in cam­era.”

DO­MINIC ADRI­AANSE

FOR­MER mayor Pa­tri­cia de Lille lodged a fraud com­plaint against five se­nior DA mem­bers, in­clud­ing two MPs, at the Cape Town Cen­tral Po­lice sta­tion in Buitenkant Street, for shar­ing or dis­tribut­ing a fake au­di­tor-gen­eral’s re­port. | DO­MINIC ADRI­AANSE

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