Buffalo City's suspended Municipal Manager loses court bid to have suspension overturned

OCTOBER 9, 2015

Buffalo City Municipality’s suspended municipal manager, Andile Fani, on Thursday lost his urgent application in the Port Elizabeth Labour Court to have his suspension, by what the SACP in the Eastern Cape called 'greedy tenderprenuers', set aside. 

The court struck the matter from the roll on the basis that it was not urgent.

In his court bid, Fani laid a series of claims including that former Buffalo City Mayor, Zukiswa Ncitha's (was sacked by the ANC in June), hefty legal bill for challenging a Hawks investigator, Captain Luphumlo Lwana, in the Grahamstown High Court should never have been paid by the municipality.

Fani also says that new Mayor, Alfred Mtsi, should have approached council with the allegations of misconduct against him within seven days of receiving them on August 4.

Mtsi reportedly only raised the issue with council to suspend him on August 25, which Fani claims rendered the whole suspension process void.

Fani also claims that Mtsi failed to place Fani’s response to the allegation before council ahead of the decision to suspend him.

Fani has been on suspension since September 8.