DA pres­ses on with My­ers dis­ci­pli­na­ry acti­on

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The Knys­na coun­cil has re­fer­red the dis­ci­pli­na­ry acti­on a­gainst for­mer de­pu­ty ma­yor, coun­cil­lor Pe­ter My­ers, to its dis­ci­pli­na­ry com­mit­tee to in­ves­ti­ga­te and ma­ke a fin­ding on any al­le­ged bre­ach of pro­vi­si­ons of the co­de of con­duct for mu­ni­ci­pal coun­cil­lors – and to ma­ke an ap­pro­pri­a­te re­com­men­da­ti­on.

T­his trans­pi­red at a spe­ci­al coun­cil meet­ing on 23 March, w­he­re the c­hai­r­per­son for the dis­ci­pli­na­ry com­mit­tee was al­so e­lected.

Ac­cor­ding to the a­gen­da, the fol­lo­wing com­plaints a­gainst My­ers we­re lod­ged at the Spea­ker’s of­fi­ce:

Com­plaint 1: It is al­le­ged that My­ers dis­clo­sed pri­vi­le­ged and con­fi­den­ti­al in­for­ma­ti­on in his pos­ses­si­on, re­la­ting to a long list of ap­pli­cants for the po­si­ti­ons of di­rec­tor com­mu­ni­ty ser­vi­ces and di­rec­tor cor­po­ra­te ser­vi­ces, the­re­by com­pro­mi­sing the re­cruit­ment and se­lecti­on pro­cess and bre­a­ching Secti­ons 2 and 10 of the co­de of con­duct.

Com­plaint 2: T­his com­plaint re­la­tes to sta­te­ments My­ers ma­de du­ring an or­di­na­ry coun­cil meet­ing on 11 Au­gust 2017, the­re­by al­le­ge­d­ly a­bu­sing his po­si­ti­on in coun­cil to cre­a­te di­vi­si­on and stri­fe, thus bre­a­ching Secti­on 2 of the co­de.

Com­plaint 3: The com­plaint re­la­tes to sta­te­ments ma­de and the ge­ne­ral con­duct of My­ers du­ring an or­di­na­ry coun­cil meet­ing on 11 Au­gust 2017, al­le­ge­d­ly dis­playing con­duct un­be­co­ming of a pu­blic re­pre­sen­ta­ti­ve and coun­cil­lor, and bre­a­ching Secti­on 2 of the co­de of con­duct.

The Spea­ker de­ter­mi­ned that, on re­a­so­na­ble sus­pi­ci­on, she be­lie­ves a pro­vi­si­on of t­his co­de had been bre­a­ched. The of­fi­ce of the Spea­ker ga­ve My­ers a re­a­so­na­ble op­por­tu­ni­ty to re­ply in wri­ting to the al­le­ga­ti­ons, and he re­spon­ded in de­tail.

It was re­com­men­ded by coun­cil that the al­le­ga­ti­ons be re­fer­red to the dis­ci­pli­na­ry com­mit­tee to pro­ceed with the mat­ter as pro­vi­ded for in Secti­on 14(1)(b)(i)(ii) of the co­de.

“T­his is an ab­so­lu­te dis­gra­ce. Not all in­for­ma­ti­on has been pro­vi­ded in t­his re­port, neither does it con­tain my re­ply,” My­ers told coun­cil du­ring the meet­ing. “The re­port is bi­a­sed, de­fi­cient and in­com­ple­te,” he ad­ded.

Ot­her coun­cil­lors al­so as­ked why the mat­ter was being dis­cus­sed at the meet­ing. As one coun­cil­lor sta­ted, “T­his is an in­ter­nal DA pro­blem, why ma­ke DA in­ter­nal is­su­es our is­sue?”

Co­pe coun­cil­lor Ric­ky van As­we­gen agreed. “W­hat is the ob­jecti­ve of t­his re­port, it does not con­tain e­nough in­for­ma­ti­on for coun­cil to ma­ke a de­ci­si­on – don’t ma­ke fools of us,” he said.

Spea­ker Ge­or­le­ne Wol­ma­rans said that all in­for­ma­ti­on, in­clu­ding My­ers’ re­ply, would be sub­mit­ted to the com­mit­tee af­ter which they would re­port back to coun­cil.

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