Cape Town – The latest attempts to oust Knysna DA councillor Peter Myers will fall flat, says Knysna Ratepayers Association chairperson Chris Gould.
This after Myers appeared before an ethics committee on Wednesday after being notified last week to face charges of misconduct.
The axed Knysna deputy mayor is charged with falling foul of the municipality’s code of conduct for allegedly disclosing confidential, admin-related information sometime in October 2017.
Gould said that the Myers had spent an hour before the committee after having mere day’s to prepare.
“He was notified Friday and informed he had three days before the hearing to get witnesses, I saw the charge sheet and the entire matter is procedurally incorrect.
"Having lost on the political front, this is another attempt to get rid of him, but this will fail as there is no evidence and they don’t even identify the complainant,” he said.
Gould said that he advocated for an open hearing, as was done in April when Myers and Knysna mayor Mark Willemse faced a disciplinary hearing for voting in favour of a motion of no confidence in former mayor Eleanore Bouw-Spies.
He said the timing of the hearing is suspicious as it came exactly a day after Myers and Willemse were exonerated by a DA appeal panel of any wrongdoing in an internal DA matter.
Both councillors were found guilty of misconduct in terms of the DA’s federal constitution as a result of their vote, but an appeal’s ruling overturned the decision that found them guilty of misconduct and handed suspended sentences of membership termination.
Myers said the matter had been postponed for two weeks and he had also requested for the hearing to be open.
“I am not able to say much, but yes the hearing took place and it has been postponed as we have raised many issues the committee needs to take into consideration.
"I have nothing to hide and I welcome an open hearing as it serves in the interest of the citizens of Knysna and the charges against me are baseless.”
Myers said the political matter is set for review by the party, which he found “absurd”, as it would require the party taking its own federal legal council to court on its ruling.
Knysna Speaker Georlene Wolmarans said: “The councillor has been charged with breach of items 2 and 10 of the code of conduct for councillors. The councillor has not been suspended as the code of conduct does not make provision for suspension."
The matter has been postponed until November 21.