MOSSELBAAI NUUS - The Municipal Manager, Adv Thys Giliomee was placed on special leave in April pending an investigation into alleged misconduct.
The investigation duly commenced in terms of the Disciplinary Regulations for Senior Managers, 2010.
The Mossel Bay Municipality today gave a media statement today on the latest developments.
“The investigation report was tabled by the Executive Mayor on Thursday, 3 June, during a Special Council Meeting and was accepted by the full Council. The Council resolved that, in terms of the investigation report, a prima facie case of serious misconduct in the form of sexual harassment has been established.
“It was also resolved to institute disciplinary proceedings against the Municipal Manager due to the alleged misconduct being deemed to be of a serious nature.
“It was resolved that the Council intends to suspend the Municipal Manager pending the finalisation of the outcome of the disciplinary matter. The Municipal Manager has seven (7) days in terms of which to provide written representation to the Council on why he should not be suspended.
“The disciplinary hearing must commence within three (3) months of the Council decision and the Presiding Officer will advise the Council in writing of the finding and sanction in terms of the Regulations.
“The Municipal Manager will remain on special leave pending the outcome of Council’s decision concerning his suspension.
“Mr Colin Puren, Executive Manager: Community Safety will act as Municipal Manager pending the outcome of the disciplinary matter. Mr Dick Naidoo, Director Infrastructure Services will act as municipal manager in the absence of Mr Puren.
“The Mossel Bay Municipality reassures the Mossel Bay community of their commitment to service excellence and will continue to strive, as usual, to be the best and continue to provide service delivery to the highest standards as experienced to date.”
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