Maseko ‘wants respect’

2014-09-03 00:00

FORMER Msunduzi Municipality employee Thokozani Maseko allegedly refused to deliver a ruling in a disciplinary inquiry because he felt he wasn’t treated with respect.

This emerged in court papers filed in support of a successful high court application by the municipality yesterday to force Maseko to deliver his ruling within 30 days.

It arises from disciplinary proceedings against six traffic officers.

The officers are currently suspended on full pay, said municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi.

Maseko, the ex-deputy municipal manager for infrastructure, left Msunduzi at the end of March.

The Witness reported he joined Ekurhuleni Metro Municipality.

Nkosi said Maseko had presided over disciplinary proceedings, which started in February 2013 against 27 traffic officers charged with misconduct.

The municipality resolved the issues with 21 officers, but the inquiry proceeded against the remaining six.

Towards the end they had “walked out” and refused to take further part in the inquiry, which was finalised in their absence on February 19 this year.

Maseko initially said he needed a transcript of the evidence to prepare his ruling, which was provided.

After he left Msunduzi’s employ, he undertook to give his ruling as soon as he could, but did not do so despite repeated reminders.

Recently Maseko stated that he wouldn’t produce it because he claimed Msunduzi “did not treat him with respect”, said Nkosi.

“The misconduct involved was serious and it is imperative ... that the matter be finalised,” he said.

Municipal legal adviser Sabelo Nyawo, who acted as prosecutor at the inquiry, said Maseko undertook to attend to the matter. But recently he became “more cagey”, saying he would only provide the ruling if the municipality attended to “certain matters that he required of it”.

“He has now informed us that he will not produce the ruling. He contends [Msunduzi] did not treat him well and does not care about him, so he says why should he care about [Msunduzi]?” said Nyawo.

The application was not opposed.

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