The “Leader” has nothing to say;
The “Deputy” Leader won’t talk, nor allow talk;
The Mayor is lying;
The Candidate is muted…
God help Bitou!
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Oudtshoorn. 17 October 2012. 06h00. At 07h42 yesterday morning I wrote the DA’s Bitou Ward 2 candidate, Wayne Craig (on his birthday nogal):
Dear Mr Craig
If you are back in Plett and done marathoning, please can you attend to the attached questions from Sunday.
I have new questions for you, but would prefer to have a response to the dated ones first. Just to keep things orderly.
I copied Ivan Meyer (the newly elected – unopposed – Western Cape DA Leader); Theuns Botha (the newly elected – unopposed – Western Cape DA Deputy Leader); Anton Bredell (the newly elected – unopposed – Western Cape DA Chair); Donald Grant (Bitou Constituency Head); Jaco Londt (Manager: East Region); Liz Mundell (Bitou Constituency Chair ); Liza Albrecht (Provincial Media Manager); and Memory Booysen (Bitou Mayor).
At 15h17 the newly elected (unopposed!) Deputy Leader of the DA in the Western Cape – not the newly elected (unopposed) Leader, mind, wrote all:
“Please don’t reply at all”
Sommer so, without punctuation even.
This from a man who once said about OO: “Jou koerant maak oral opslae! Die enigste billike versoek van politici behoort te wees dat die feite korrek weergegee moet word – daarin slaag OO 100%.”
I replied, at 15h19: “And, pray, why not, Mr Botha!?”
I sms’d Botha on Saturday, at the Western Cape DA Congress: “Theuns, maak net seker jy steek die afstandbeheer oor Ivan Meyer so weg dat nie almal dit sien nie!”
And within a mere two work days, the “Deputy” Leader issues instructions under the very nose of the “Leader”: Say nothing! Don’t reply!
“Deputy Leader”. Purleaze.
There is no difference whatsoever between the ANC’s banning of OO from the municipal buildings, and this instruction from Botha to ignore OO’s questions.
The pot and the kettle are both pretty black.
Botha’s ludicrous instruction is an obvious breach of the DA’s constitution (see below*) but it also makes a mockery of Bitou Mayor Memory Booysen’s “undertaking” in a recent Mayoral Letter:
“You asked for truth and transparency and that is what I will give you… in order to keep you fully informed we have to be open and transparent.”
You lie, Booysen! You have not answered any of my questions since June – even though you solemnly promised to do so, within earshot of several of your party colleagues at the East Region Conference at Baron’s Palace in Oudtshoorn on July 21!
Risible. Ridiculous. Embarrassing.
The DA has no answers.
This is the selfsame DA that called the presidential hotline a “100% failure” in 2010 when the parliamentary Leader, Athol Trollip, told City Press: “It is clear that there is absolutely no urgency on the part of the ANC government to address complaints from the public.”
The DA said criticisms of the hotline included unresolved issues… and the long time it takes for calls to be answered.
Why won’t the DA respond to OO’s questions?
The answer is obvious: The DA has no answers.
You know what to do on December 5, my many Plett readers – you’re not bloody stupid, that much I know!
* Botha is acting in flagrant disregard of the DA’s “CODE FOR PUBLIC REPRESENTATIVES”, as approved by the federal council on 12 April 2002:
3.6 Availability and Responsiveness
Public representatives are expected to communicate with other members of the Party and with members of the public when they are contacted, and are expected to deal expeditiously and courteously with enquiries from voters. Public representatives are expected at the very least to acknowledge receipts of voters’ enquiries and to refer these, where appropriate to the correct organ
3.7 Media Profile
Public representatives are expected to establish contact with the local media operating in their constituency or ward, and should monitor such
publications and contribute articles or letters to them.
Perhaps I should draft a complaint to the DA Federal Executive.
Now that will be a waste of time!
Talk about the ANC ignoring incompetence and irreverence!
Ye gods and faeries.