My­ers on la­test char­ges: ‘It’s a ven­det­ta’

Knysna-Plett Herald - - Nuus | News -

The re­soun­ding cheers in the Pe­ter My­ers camp af­ter the con­tro­ver­si­al coun­cil­lor re­cei­ved news that he’d been exo­ne­ra­ted from accu­sa­ti­ons of mis­con­duct last week had scar­ce­ly died do­wn w­hen he he­ard he would be now fa­cing fresh char­ges of mis­con­duct and dis­clo­sing con­fi­den­ti­al in­for­ma­ti­on by the Knys­na coun­cil.

He ap­pea­red be­fo­re an e­thi­cs com­mit­tee last Wed­nes­day (7 No­vem­ber) af­ter being no­ti­fied the pre­vi­ous week of fa­cing char­ges of mis­con­duct.

The char­ges a­gainst him ca­me just days af­ter My­ers and Wil­lem­se we­re exo­ne­ra­ted by a DA ap­pe­al pa­nel of any wrong­doing in the mat­ter re­la­ting to them ou­sting pre­vi­ous ma­yor E­le­a­nor Bouw-S­pies.

My­ers said he be­lie­ves the dis­ci­pli­na­ry pro­cess a­gainst him is part of a per­so­nal and po­li­ti­cal ven­det­ta. He said in a sta­te­ment that the­se la­test coun­cil char­ges are es­sen­ti­al­ly that he dis­clo­sed con­fi­den­ti­al ad­min-re­la­ted in­for­ma­ti­on so­meti­me in Oc­to­ber 2017.

“Ri­di­cu­lous­ly, the char­ge sheet is si­lent on who the com­plai­nant is, who I sup­po­sed­ly dis­clo­sed the in­for­ma­ti­on to, w­hat the spe­ci­fic in­for­ma­ti­on was that I dis­clo­sed and w­hat pro­ce­du­ral ru­les the dis­ci­pli­na­ry pro­cess is being con­ducted un­der. In the ab­sen­ce of such in­for­ma­ti­on it is im­pos­si­ble for me to me­a­ning­ful­ly pre­pa­re any de­fen­ce, ren­de­ring the pro­cess gros­sly un­fair and in my view, un­la­w­ful,” sta­ted My­ers.

“Ir­re­specti­ve of the bi­zar­re char­ge sheet, I ca­te­go­ri­cal­ly de­ny the char­ges and firm­ly be­lie­ve that t­his dis­ci­pli­na­ry pro­cess is part of the on­going per­so­nal and po­li­ti­cal ven­det­ta a­gainst me.

“I look for­ward to being to­tal­ly exo­ne­ra­ted in t­his mat­ter and ho­pe that t­ho­se in­vol­ved in pur­suing t­his unseem­ly acti­on a­gainst me are ul­ti­ma­te­ly ex­po­sed and their mo­ti­ves laid ba­re.”

The mat­ter has been pos­t­po­ned until 21 No­vem­ber. The Knys­na Ra­te­pay­ers’ As­so­ci­a­ti­on sta­ted that t­hey will ad­vo­ca­te for an o­pen he­a­ring as it ser­ves in the in­te­re­sts of the com­mu­ni­ty.

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