Fransman 'nepotism' court case gets under way

2016-01-27 14:49

Cape Town – Former Cape Agulhas municipal manager Reynold Stevens' failure to produce copies of qualifications immediately was just a feeble excuse to justify why he was not appointed to the job, the Western Cape High Court heard on Wednesday.

It was an error of law, Stevens' lawyer argued.

The court is hearing an application to set aside the appointment of Cape Agulhas municipal manager Dean O'Neill, due to political interference in the appointment process.

O’Neill is ANC Western Cape chairperson Marius Fransman’s brother-in-law.

Fransman is being accused of nepotism and political interference relating to O'Neill's appointment in 2013.

Stevens alleged that his contract was not renewed due to ANC Western Cape’s regional and provincial leadership’s interference.

Addressing the court on Wednesday, Stevens' lawyer, Con Joubert, said the municipality had not denied receiving instructions from the ANC provincial leadership to appoint O’Neill, even though the ANC caucus in Cape Agulhas wanted Stevens' contract to be renewed.

The lawyer was presenting the merits of his case, which included an amended selection report, which had since disappeared.

He said there was clear political instructions given to councillors in the municipality, against their will.

Joubert alleged that the O’Neill’s appointment was made by then-provincial secretary Songezo Mjongile.

Stevens' team allege that Stevens was mentioned as a suitable candidate, but that his name was later removed.

O’Neill’s name then came up as the preferred candidates.

Stevens was initially appointed as municipal manager in August 2008.

The case continues. 

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