Court rules against top job contender
FORMER Makana Municipality ANC councillor Paul Notyawa (pictured) has lost his on-again-off-again court battle to be appointed as Makana’s municipal manager.
Notyawa scored top points out of the candidates for the job in March 2015 but the municipality withdrew its job offer after Co-operative Governance MEC Fikile Xasa refused to rubberstamp it, saying Notyawa lacked the necessary management experience and did not meet the minimum legal requirements.
Notyawa’s appointment failed to get the nod from the ANC at provincial and national level and he alleged that extraordinary party political interference had led to the council rescinding its decision to appoint him.
Notyawa resorted to court immediately afterwards to have the council’s decision to appoint him enforced but then withdrew his application last year. This year, he reinstated the application.
If successful, the application would have been costly to the bankrupt municipality, which would have had to fork out at least R2.8-million in back pay for a job Notyawa had never been allowed to do. The municipal manager earns about R1.4-million a year.
But high court judge Judith Roberson found he was out of time to bring his application, that he had brought it in terms of the wrong law and that it would have no practical effect as his term as municipal manager would, in any event, have expired this month. – Adrienne Carlisle