Discombobulation as computers fail to terminate defaulting members!
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Oudtshoorn. 14 September 2012.
15h10. Theresa Thompson responded at 15h08: “Mr Baird, I believe that there were processes put in place, please contact Mr Hendrik Schmidt on… for more and any information. Thank you.”
Ah, but I thought it was all “automatic”!
Never mind, OO has asked the provincial media manager to explain.
13h00. Cape Town councillor Jemayne Andrews this morning succesfully interdicted the IEC from declaring an election date in ward 22; and the DA from appointing a candidate.
The matter will be heard on October 3.
12h20. OO spoke to Cape Town councillor for Ward 50, Bonteheuwel, the chair also of the Transport, Roads & Stormwater Portfolio Committee, Ms Theresa Thompson, at 10h23 this morning.
“Did you pay your DA candidate fee late, Ms Thompson, after July 31?”
“Yes… Uh, can I phone you back Mr Baird, I am in a place where I can’t talk right now. I’ll call you back in an hour. In an hour and a half.”
I am not in the habit of asking politicians questions when I do not already know the answers.
At 11h38 I sms’d: “Ms Thompson, I am expecting your call at 12h00.”
At 12h10 I sms’d: “Ms Thompson, I am not going to call you; please call me to continue our conversation of 10h23 this morning.”
Either Thomson lied to me about paying her candidate fees late, or the DA is playing silly buggers with both voters and the High Court, claiming that defaulting members were automatically terminated by virginal systems untouched by human hands.
After I first spoke to Thompson this morning, I called the DA’s Western Cape treasurer, Kobus Marais, and asked him why Johann Brummer and two other councillors had their membership “automatically” terminated at 00h00:01 on August 1, and Thompson not.
Marais said that he was not involved in the case and had no information.
Whom should I speak to?
Theuns Botha, or Anton Bredell, or James Selfe, said Marais.
Why should I speak to Theuns Botha, or Anton Bredell, or James Selfe!?
The poor sods are innocent!
They did no such thing as to terminate Brummer’s membership!
The computer did it!
I should rather speak to the DA’s head of IT, as even the High Court heard this week that nobody in the DA lifted a finger to terminate Brummer’s membership – it was terminated “automatically” when the clock struck it’s twelfth chime at midnight on July 31.
The computer did it.
The DA had better get Lefatshe, or DiData, in to fix its IT systems – who knows what else may go wrong… automatically.
Councillor Thompson, so OO learns reliably, has settled her DA candidate fee account this Monday last, September 10… 40 days late, and 25 days after the DA’s “atomated firing system” terminated Johan Brummer’s membership.
The payment date can not be verified as OO can not learn the facts from the provincial treasurer, who claims not to know anything about the matter; and Thompson will not respond.
But OO can confirm that Thompson admitted, at 10h23 this morning, that she settled her candidate’s fee after July 31.
Brummer, by the way, paid up when the DA claimed infallible accounting practices. He paid under duress and, as it is turning out, unnecessarily (!) on August 16, to no avail.
Thompson remains a DA member and a DA councillor. Brummer is out.
Explain, James Selfe. And you too, Helen Zille, you being the boss of this sorry lot and all – speak up, dammit!
O, and get the DA’s head of IT to please call me, Helen!
These damn computers!
I too, have been waiting patiently since 10h00 this morning to have certain automated computer processes perfected… IT, it can so be a “bummer“.