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Oudtshoorn. 31 August 2012. 07h15. After OO’s revelation of Mayor Memory’s bald faced lies, the following message was distributed by the chair of the Professional Business Women’s Association (Probus) in Plett. The message also reached the large and ever growing Jewish community in Plett:
Please see counsel’s response to the 10th mayoral letter (below in bold). If the mayor’s comments about the disciplinary hearings are untrue, makes you wonder about his other comments too..
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Oudtshoorn. 30 August 2012. 09h15. In his 10th Mayoral Letter, Bitou’s DA (ha-ha!) Mayor, Memory Booysen, attempts to explain Council’s recent ridiculous – and illegal – decsions on disciplinary measures against two employees.
(My comment in bold.)
Booysen writes: “In recent months two major disciplinary investigations have taken place against senior members of staff namely Mr. Carl Mattheus and Mr. Monde Stratu.
“In the hearing of Mr. Mattheus it became apparent that two of the charges were prescribed, i.e. older than six years, and the third charge fell away as new evidence was lead that that proved his innocence on that charge. Mr. Mattheus declined to stay in the Municipality and a severance package has been negotiated with him.”
Nonsense! The charges could not have been dropped because of prescription. The principle of prescription does not apply to disciplinary issues, only the principle that cases should be brought as speedily as possible in order to be fair to the employee. The case had to be settled because Council had decided to drop all charges against Stratu, against whom it had a much stronger case than against Mattheus. In labour law all employees should be treated equally. These two officials were on the same level, both charged for misconduct. If Council withdraws the case against one without proper reason to do so, Council cannot continue against the other. The withdrawal of the case against Mattheus had nothing to do with the age of the facts. Those were issues argued by his legal representative. Ultimately however Council had no choice because of the decision taken regarding Stratu.
The terms of the Mattheus settlement is unknown. OO does know, however, that Mayor Booysen elected not to have Council’s counsel present at the Mayco Meeting where the matter was discussed.
Booysen continues his misinformation: “In the case of Mr. Stratu, Council became aware that all procedures regarding his case had not been correctly followed as prescribed in the Amended Municipal Systems Act of 2011. This had compromised his case and it was felt that the charges had to be withdrawn. Some of the alleged charges fell outside his scope of work, and these would never have stood up in the Labour Court. Council withdrew charges and Mr Stratu continues as HOD Strategic Services.”
Rubbish! This is simply not true. The procedure as prescribed by Schedule 6 to the Systems Act had been followed. “Faulty procedures” became an issue only when Booysen had to vacate charges under pressure from his ANC masters. The decision to withdraw the charges had been purely politically motivated. Bitou had a strong case against Stratu, and there was nothing wrong with the procedure.
Booysen is a liar. He is an embarrassment to the DA as is Oudtshoorn’s Gordon April to the ANC.
The question OO asks of the ANC is a simple one: Why not get rid of Gordon April!?
And to the DA, OO asks: “Why not get rid of Memory Booysen!?”
O, of course: The DA is too bust getting rid of Councillor Johan Brummer, the only Councillor with the crown jewels to stand up to Booysen and the ANC.
Both the ANC and the DA.