Sus­pended MM back in of­fice

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Enoch Mgi­jima Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity (EMLM) mu­nic­i­pal man­ager Chris Mag­wangqana ar­rived at work on Tues­day af­ter his three-month sus­pen­sion ended in De­cem­ber.

Mag­wangqana was sus­pended for 90 days last Sep­tem­ber dur­ing a spe­cial coun­cil meet­ing for is­sues in­clud­ing hav­ing al­legedly “mis­led” coun­cil over his fail­ure to pro­tect mu­nic­i­pal as­sets from be­ing auc­tioned and re­scind­ing a de­ci­sion taken in Au­gust to op­pose the place­ment of an ad­min­is­tra­tor.

He was due to at­tend a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing at the de­part­ment of co-op­er­a­tive gov­er­nance and tra­di­tional af­fairs (Cogta) of­fices in East Lon­don on De­cem­ber 21 but re­port­edly failed to be­fore re­turn­ing to work unan­nounced on Tues­day morn­ing.

The mu­nic­i­pal man­ager con­firmed that he re­ported for duty be­cause his sus­pen­sion pe­riod was over and he did not want to be ac­cused of hav­ing ab­sconded.

“An­other rea­son is be­cause I have not been charged with any­thing.

In terms of the dis­ci­plinary reg­u­la­tions for se­nior man­agers, if a se­nior is sus­pended a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing must com­mence within three months af­ter the date of sus­pen­sion, fail­ing which the sus­pen­sion will au­to­mat­i­cally lapse.

“Three months have ended with­out any charges be­ing made against me.”

Mag­wangqana said EMLM mayor Si­sisi To­lashe had asked him to va­cate the mu­nic­i­pal of­fice due to charges against him hav­ing been served at his res­i­dence on De­cem­ber 21, which he de­nied re­ceiv­ing.

“The mayor said the doc­u­ments were re­ceived and signed by some­one who they had found at the res­i­dence and that was not me.

“I re­quested the mayor to put ev­ery­thing in writ­ing as backup, which she did, and ac­cord­ing to the let­ter from her I am still sus­pended as per the coun­cil res­o­lu­tion, pend­ing the out­come of the dis­ci­plinary pro­ceed­ings,” he said.

Mag­wangqana asked how he could pre­pare for a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing with­out be­ing for­mally charged.

The hear­ing has re­port­edly been resched­uled for Jan­uary 15, 17 and 24.

ROW GOES ON: Mayor Si­sisi To­lashe’s let­ter sug­gests Chris Mag­wangqana is still sus­pended

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