Mayco’s plans on hold?
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Oudtshoorn. 3 August 2012. 06h20. OO could find no trace of the intended ex parte application to interdict the Council decision not to appeal the Paulse verdict.
OO even approached the friendly typists of the High Court typing pool and they were kind enough to contact the clerks of the justices who heard urgent matters yesterday… No trace of such application could be found.
An attorney who acts regularly for the Council, Clyde Avontuur, also denied knowledge of such application.
This leaves the question: what next? How is the impasse that keeps Thandekile Mnyimba in the MM office to be broken?
Oudtshoorn. 1 August 2012. 14h00. The Mayco, with the ANC Regional Sectretary Putco Mapitiza attending, this morning decided to bring an urgent ex parte application before the High Court in Cape Town tomorrow to inderdict the Council decision not to appeal the Paulse verdict.
Mayor Gordon April will be in Cape Town tomorrow for the application.
OO has learned that the Western Cape Minister of Local Government, Anton Bredell, has been advised that he should intervene in Oudtshoorn as the Mayor is ignoring both a High Court verdict and a Council decision.
Bredell, apparently, regards the current impasse to be the result of a particular political alignment and is reluctant to act as he fears a reverse atunement may change the status quo yet again.
Trust Bredell to conjure up magnificent arguments not to act.
OO has also learned that the NPP was not informed of the Mayco decision to interdict the decision – a clear indication that the ANC no longer regard the NPP as a trustworthy alliance partner.
An unnamed lawyer familiar with events told OO that the Mayco has no reasonable expectation of being granted an Interdict, but that the Mayco had been advised to appeal an unfavourable ruling to gain time to keep Mnyimba in office.
Unnamed sources familiar with events told OO that Mnyimba’s continued presence is critical for cadre business growth and that the ANC can not afford to have Mnyimba replaced at this time.
In a development reminscent of the best ever of Monty Python, it was suggested that the NPP installs Johannes Stoffels, under threat of expulsion for insubordination, as a caretaker Mayor subsequent to a Motion of No Confidence accepted by Council with the help of the NPP Councillor and one or more abstaining ANC Councillors.
As Allen Paulse accepted an appointment as Acting Municipal Manager of Bitou on Monday night – confirmed by the Council this morning (OO informed Bredell’s office while the appointment was voted) it would appear as if the powers that be see no soon resolution of the current deadlock.