NPP apologises to Oudtshoorn
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Oudtshoorn. 29 July 2012. 08h45. Gistermiddag laat weet een van OO se lesers: “NPP mense se jy vat n vet kans deur te verklaar dat die nuwe local kandidaat as speaker is aan jou bekend.”
En OO reageer: “He-he-he-he! Hoeveel maal was OO al verkeerd?”
Die antwoord: “Verskriklik baie min…”
OO rn Nic Barrow het gister koebaai-boodskappies aan Stoffels ge-sms.
Nee, kinders en sensitiewe mense lees ook hier.
OO weet inderdaad. Maar daar is ‘n buiteperd ook wat gister begin opwarm het.
Weet verseker: Daar lê interessante dae voor.
Oudtshoorn. 28 July 2012. 12h05. The Director Community Services, and de facto Oudtshoorn NPP Leader, Ron Lottering, confirmed a few moments ago the then extremely confidential intelligence OO received earlier this morning: The NPP is charging its Oudtshoorn Proportional Councillor, Johannes Stoffels, with insubordination for ignoring an instruction from the Leader, Badih Chaaban, to have abstained during the vote this Thursday last on the appeal of the Paulse verdict.
Stoffels will be removed as Speaker and replaced by a local politician. The new Speaker designate is known to OO but OO has agreed to have the NPP announce the name in its own time.
Chaaban confirmed his instruction to Stoffels moments before Thursday’s Council Meeting, with both Lottering and the ANC Councillor, Erik Ngalo, attending.
OO is told that Chaaban was furious at the news of Stoffels’ mutiny. Lottering confronted Stoffels at the conclusion of Thursday’s Council meeting and informed him that disciplinary steps had been initiated against him and that he would have seven days to respond to the charges. The papers will be served on Stoffels today, and he will have until Saturday next to respond. The disciplinary hearing is expected to be held in Paarl during the following week.
Lottering told OO that “the NPP deplores (betreur) the actions of its Councillor, Johannes Stoffels, during Thursday’s Council Meeting and apologises to the people of the Greater Oudtshoorn that Stoffels did not abstain during the critical vote to rescind the Executive Mayor’s decision, in consequence of a delegation, to appeal the Paulse v Oudtshoorn Local Municipality verdict.”
According to Lottering hard words fell during the interview with Stoffels and Stoffels is in no doubt of the inevitable consequences of his insubordination.
This development means that even if the ANC were able to persuade Nondumiso Gunguluza and Erik Ngalo to reverse their decisions and to support a new Mayco recommendation to Council to appeal the Paulse verdict, the ANC will not have sufficient support to carry the vote – and not even sufficient support to convene an Urgent Council Meeting.
The ANC/Icosa/NPP alliance is in ruins. As the NPP’s Wari Appolis told Die Hoorn on June 26: “The NPP is not married to the ANC and is independent.”
Appolis spoke in answer to OO’s report on June 25: NPP exits Coalition!
OO was right, as per usual.