NELSON Mandela Bay municipal chief spokesman Roland Williams was back at work yesterday after spending almost a year on suspension.
Williams, 42, said he did not see the point of sitting at home while waiting for the “obvious outcome” of his disciplinary case, which must be finalised in the next two weeks.
Williams was suspended by former acting municipal manager Themba Hani in August last year for his involvement in the controversial gantries tender.
But the city dragged its heels and failed to hold a disciplinary hearing or bring charges of misconduct against him. By law, the municipality is supposed to wrap up disciplinary proceedings within three months of an alleged offender being suspended.
“The first hearing that was held to suspend me transgressed the [law] and SA Local Government Bargaining Council [SALGBC] agreement because the person who presided over it [acting labour relations director Hendrick Viviers] was a rank lower than me, not higher as prescribed by the law,” Williams said.
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