The South African Communist Party (SACP) in the Eastern Cape has lambasted the Buffalo City Metro Municipality in East London for allegedly ‘persecuting’ the metro’s city manager, Andile Fani, who was recently put through a disciplinary process that has since recommended for his dismissal.
The Buffalo City council is expected to decide Fani’s fate at its next meeting on Wednesday after an internal disciplinary committee this week delivered its long-awaited verdict in which it recommended for the official to be dismissed.
In September last year the committee found Fani guilty on all three charges he was facing.
He was accused of having contravened the Municipal Finance Management Act after he irregularly appointed a Cape Town-based company to build 453 housing units that cost R74 million at Reeston.
The official allegedly instructed the contractor to build a further 550 top structures in the area without following procurement procedure. This after he allegedly took the housing contract from Duncan Village and extended it to Reeston without authorisation.
The Grahamstown high court declared the contract null and void last month.
SACP provincial secretary Xolile Nqatha condemned the DC outcome saying the party viewed the action against Fani as “grave injustice”. He said Fani was found guilty using the court judgment of another case. “The court case judgment which is used to persecute Mr. Fani had nothing to do with him but was a court case between the Buffalo City Metro and its service provider, and the judgment is being appealed by the party that was in court,” Nqatha said.
Nqatha said Fani was not afforded an opportunity to present his case and was found guilty without the DC hearing both sides in any case.
“This kind of procedural unfairness comes after a year after the persistent vilification and dehumanisation of Andile Fani and his family by the BCMM,” Nqatha said.