Bid to oust education official fails
Bhisho - The Eastern Cape High Court has dismissed an application to review Eastern Cape education superintendent-general Modidima Mannya's appointment, according to a report on Friday.
The application was lodged by 30 suspended senior officials from Mannya's department, who are affiliated to the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu), the Daily Dispatch reported.
Judge John Smith could not find enough reasons to compel Eastern Cape Premier Noxolo Kiviet to review and set aside Mannya’s appointment.
In court papers, the group wanted an order to force Kiviet to review and set aside Mannya’s appointment, and Mannya’s decision to institute and prosecute disciplinary proceedings against them.
Their application was based on the grounds that Mannya apparently did not undergo security clearance as required in terms of the regulations promulgated under the Public Service Act.
Kiviet had also allegedly failed to verify Mannya’s track record and qualifications as required by the ministerial handbook.
Mannya declined to comment on the matter.
The suspended group’s lawyer Thembekile Malusi said he was consulting with his clients.
Eastern Cape teachers embarked on a go-slow when they returned to school at the start of the academic year. Among their demands was that Mannya be removed and their temporary colleagues, who had been moved to other schools or let go, be re-instated.
Last week, the department and Sadtu reached an agreement on the reinstatement of temporary teachers and the go-slow ended.