Allen Paulse wins in the high Court
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Oudtshoorn. 5 June 2012. 13h35. Mr Justice André Blignaut this morning ordered as follows in the matter between Allen Paulse and the Oudtshoorn Local Municipality (click here) in the Western Cape High Court:
“The decision of the Municipal Council of the Oudtshoorn Local Municipality to appoint Mr T Mnyimba as municipal manager and any contract concluded in consequence of that decision, are declared to be null and void.”
This means that the Council has to start afresh with the appointment of a Municipal Manager as Thandekile Mnyimba is not suited for the position.
It is unclear at this time whether the Municipality will appeal the ruling.
There are two courses of action available to the Council: the unsuccesfull candidates can be interviewed again, and the best one appointed; or Council can elect to advertise the position again.
It is important to note that Judge Blignaut declined “to decide the issue concerning the alleged political interference in the election (of Mnyimba as Municipal Manager)” in the result of finding that Mnyimba is not a suitable candidate.
Given the alleged political influence, council’s political masters may well order that the position be advertised again to identify a cadre for deployment.