“I will suffer irreparable harm if my suspension is not suspended. Unisa is hell-bent on tarnishing my name and, in the process, my dignity.”
He stated that before his suspension, he received a letter from Unisa’s executive director for human resources, Zweli Dlamini, indicating that during last year he had observed that Mannya had problems with stakeholders.
“I was told that my relationship with the university is now characterised by a lack of trust and suspicion.”
Mannya also indicated in the court papers that LenkaBula attributed “a toxic environment” at the university to him.
“Firstly, it is impossible that I can single-handedly cause toxicity throughout the university. This is simply illogical. The university has had major problems long before I joined.”
He stated that the vice-chancellor had only assumed duty in her current position in January and “was therefore not at the university when the alleged incidents occurred”.
Mannya stated that LenkaBula also based her decision “on what she claims is my decision not to work with women”.
“I reject the allegations made by the second respondent (LenkaBula). The second respondent had made allegations of misogyny against me, which are now part of my referral of an unfair discrimination dispute.”
In Mannya’s notice of suspension, LenkaBula said that she was suspending him and was “mindful of the fact that you have and continue to raise various allegations against me”.
“You have subsequently, and before I had the opportunity to consider my position in relation to the allegations, referred a dispute to the CCMA [Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration].”
She advised him that during the latter part of last year the university received complaints about his conduct “in his capacity as executive director of legal services”.
“The complaints relate to allegations that you abuse your position to intimidate members of staff, act against the best interests of the university and generally contravene the university’s code of ethics.”