Ex-Agric head leaves with ‘integrity’ intact

2009-12-22 00:00

FORMER KZN Agriculture head Modidima Mannya in all likelihood walked away with a gol­den handshake from the provincial government, hence the confidentiality of the deal.

Mannya said yesterday that he is prepared to waive any right to confidentiality to allow the government to be accountable to the public in line with the Constitution.

He confirmed that the agreement includes a confidentiality clause that prevents him giving any details.

However, he noted that as a private citizen, unlike government, he does not have to account for any agreements he conclu­ded.

He added that the government, in line with the Constitution, has to be accountable to the public.

“There are the consitutional imperatives of accountability and transparency. I am prepared to waive any right to confidentiality to enable government to account,” he said.

He said he has not lost anything as a result of the agreement — “neither my integrity nor any financial loss”.

He added that he will be proceeding with legal action in the new year against certain parties, and that he will be approaching the Judicial Services Commission regarding certain matters that arose out of his litigation. “I will also be pursuing the complaints I lodged with both the Society of Advocates and the Law Society regarding certain conduct of some of the legal practitioners who acted for government.”

Mannya was found guilty on 16 counts of misconduct in an internal disciplinary hearing, which recommended his dismissal. He took the matter to the high court and won the right to have his disciplinary hearing reviewed.

The KZN government appealed the court ruling and the matter was to be heard earlier this month, but was withdrawn.

Asked about legal costs, Mannya said: “My costs were above R1,5 million and I have paid all my legal practitioners in full. I don’t know how much government spent on legal fees.”

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