Where’s the answers, Anton!?
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Oudtshoorn. 17 March 2012. 09h40. It’s the bane of the media. Don’t so severely critisize an organization that it wont talk to you no more.
Well, screw that.
OO is nothing if not in your face; trenchant; efficacious; hard-hitting.
And the poor political pansies that can’t take it, like the Verwoerd Square ne’er do wells, and the Marks Building milksops, and the Luthuli House cravens, can’t escape OO. Banned from the municipal buildings and blackballed by the DA and berated by the ANC, OO remains the single medium that fearlessly and continuously exposes the exiguity and deceit of the politicians and administrators shafting Oudtshoorn.
It’s a beautiful story. All there in the first book of Kings, in the Bible’s Old Testament. Did you know that the roots of all stories are to be found in the Bible – only the embellishments differ. Macbeth, my favourite Shakespeare; the Sherlock Holmes canon – Conan Doyle even admits to it in The Crooked Man; the roots of all stories before and since are encaptured in the Bible, the complete Bible, that is, including the so-called Apocrypha*.
In I Kings 18 Elijah approaches King Ahab and the King says: “Art thou he that troubleth Israel?”
(There’s just nuttin’ ever penned like the King James Version, I say! The NIV says: “Is that you, you troubler of Israel?” Just not the same metre; ring; wallop!)
And Elijah replies: “I have not troubled Israel; but thou…”
And then there’s that commotion around two altars. Blood blows; bullocks bellow; and ancient equivalents of Charismatic televangelists ham acts… and eventually Baal bails.
The prophets of Baal, so the story goes, “called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered.”
OO has been demanding answers from the Western Cape Minister of Local Government, Anton Baal – apologies; Anton Bredell – since dada took a powder on the charabanc (or, if you prefer, since pa fell off the bus).
The Minister can’t be moved to respond.
On Sunday last, a week ago, OO exposed Bredell’s Ministry for the failure it is… and Bredell has not so much as made the only sound OO ever expects from the gallinaceous gubernatorial geek – “buck buck”. (If you don’t want to reach for a lexicon on this week-end day, it means chicken politician and he ain’t even cackling.)
On Thursday news reports threatened to overtake developments in Bitou, where Bredell was sitting on a report on the termination of Lefatshe and the appointment of DiData as IT service provider. Eventually Bredell referred the report for further investigation and postponed the release for 2 weeks. The Bitou Council, and more to the point, the Bitou DA Caucus, only learned of this near miss when OO alerted the administration.
Perhaps it’s better that Bredell shuts up. His contribution is seldom, if ever, more than “things are also wrong elsewhere”.
Bredell is more than an embarrassment. He is a political vandal. He should go.
And, hey, Anton! Where’s Oudtshoorn’s answers!?
* 14 books of the Old Testament included in the Vulgate (except for II Esdras) but omitted in Jewish and Protestant versions of the Bible; eastern Christian churches (except the Coptic Church) accept all these books as canonical; the Russian Orthodox Church accepts these texts as divinely inspired but does not grant them the same status.