Local politics reinvented!?
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Oudtshoorn. 13 October 2012. 07h15. There has been widespread reaction to the announcement yesterday (see report at 12 October below) of an independent primary to decide the candidate to oppose the DA in ward 2, Bitou.
Hardy Mills and Drewan Baird also assured ward 2 voters that all independent candidates who subscribe to the finality of the primary result and the recall policy are welcome to participate in the primary on October 23.
Chairman of the Greater Cape Town Civic Alliance Len Swimmer, said:
“We are going the same way and taking the same path as you have done and we look forward very keenly to see the results of your Ward 2 Local Government by-elections in December at Bitou. Please keep in contact with me and let us know of your progress. If we can help in any way we certainly will.”
Die voorsitter van die Nasionale Belastingbetalersunie, Jaap Kelder, het só gereageer:
“Ons vertrou dat die inwoners van Plettenbergbaai genoeg verstand sal hê om die politiek partye met die rondte uit te skop.
“Neem net waar hoe die twee onafhanklike kandidate eers op ‘n openbare vergadering ‘n nominasie stryd moet voer. Die publiek het dus ‘n goeie geleentheid om tussen die twee te kies. Let weld it is ook plaaslike inwoners en nie candidate van buite die dorp nie.
“Sou die onafhanklike kandidaat die wyk wen sal hy direk aan die INWONERS verantwoordelik wees en nie aan een of ander politiek party se hoofkantoor nie. Neem ook kennis dat die suksevolle kandidaat deur die inwoners verwyder kan word indien hy nie volgens die wense van die inwoners optree nie.
“Sou dit dalk die eerste swaeltjie van ‘n komende somer wees?”
‘n Vooraanstaande politieke funksionaris en administrateur, wat vir die huidige annoniem sal bly, laat weet:
“Jy weet toe die ANC toelaat dat die vorige Nasionale Apartheid Regime Party by die ANC aansluit, toe raak hulle net so korrup en sleg soos die voor 1994 regering! In die 1960’s het ons die slogan gehad POWER TO THE PEOPLE en die independants kan dit weer laat gebeur sodat DEMOKRASIE weer tot sy reg kom!”
Oudtshoorn. 12 October 2012. 14h55.
Joint media release by Hardy Mills and Drewan Baird
Plettenberg Bay – Friday, 12 October 2012; 14h00
By-election: Bitou; Ward 2 – Local politics reinvented
The by-election in Ward 2, on December 5, is already dominated by an anticipation of independent candidates to join the race.
Two candidates have emerged and will contest a primary election by the registered voters of Ward 2 on Tuesday, October 23.
The candidates will address voters in a joint public meeting where they will also reply to published questions and take questions from the floor.
The meeting will conclude with a closed ballot to elect the candidate.
This real democratic process exposes the flippant appointment of candidates by political parties, based, for the most, on the candidate’s party allegiance and a leadership expectation of control over the candidate.
Political parties appoint candidates that they can control and dismiss those who don’t carry out instructions – even instructions that may be harmful to ratepayers and residents.
The political parties give voters no choice but to elect their representatives from a list forced upon them and they have to accept that a distant political decision can and will remove their choice of representative without even being consulted.
That the management abuse and financial dereliction of the ANC and the DA councils have alarmed residents and ratepayers and damaged Bitou over the past several years, are undisputed.
Francois Geldenhuys and Johann Brummer are two independents that stand for a renewal in local politics where the residents call the shots and not some distant political party leader.
In a show of how democracy can be made to empower people, the candidates will present a unified front by accepting the primary result and having the winner progress to challenge the DA on December 5.
The independent candidate, to be determined by the voters of Ward 2, will subscribe to a recall policy.
This means that voters can recall the independent at any time after December 5 and before the next election if they are not satisfied with his performance as a councillor. The independent will be obliged to resign the seat and another by-election will be held.
A vote for a democratically appointed independent candidate can not “split the vote” in favour of one or another political party, as the ANC (which received only 95 votes in Ward 2 on May 18 last year) will probably not contest the ward leaving the contest one between the DA’s Cape Town appointed candidate and an Independent appointed by the people of Ward 2.
The DA and the ANC have had their chances – over and over and over and yet again… It’s time for change; it’s time for the ratepayers and the residents to do the job themselves, the job the DA and the ANC so very obviously can’t do.
The winner of the December 5 by-election in Ward 2 will hold the balance of power in the council.
The independent candidates believe this balance of power belongs in the hands of the voters; the ratepayers; the residents – that such power should be held by the people of Bitou and not by a political party.
December 5 is an opportunity for the people of Bitou to show the entire country what democracy means and how democracy can revive and sustain our land if it is entrusted to the people directly.
“It’s your town. It’s your money. It’s your life. It’s your future. Control it yourself.”
Issued by DBC
Hardy Mills on 082 894 8223; Drewan Baird on 082 354 2050