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Oudtshoorn. 9 November 2012. 06h00. Mnyimba was back yesterday, ostensibly to come say his goodbyes.
Only, he did not say his goodbyes.
He came to negotiate.
The ANC is fixing to have Mnyimba appointed acting municipal manager and have him use this “experience” to qualify for the permanent position.
O!O was right (see the story below at 6 November) but only the ANC’s plan is even bolder: Mnyimba will gain the required experience here, in Oudtshoorn, rather than elsewhere and be returned.
Deon Lott, CFO, is not renowned for bravery, and quite famous for frail nerves and susceptibility for stress, and unwilling to act as MM.
Mayor Gordon April is dead against director community services Ron Lottering as caretaker. For once I agree with the Dysselsdorper.
This leaves us with Francois Human – because surely nobody with even just half a brain cell would consider director technical services Zukiswa Ntile…
Ye gods and faeries – poor Oudtshoorn.
The question now remains: Will the local DA councillors, not known for energy and boldness, force council’s hand in appointing a new permanent MM before Mnyimba can be returned?
I am told the DA did make representation to the Western Cape minister of local government, as I demanded on Tuesday night at the wards 1 and 2 reportback meeting.
I say that the DA will botch this matter.
Already, on Tuesday night, the local chair, Hannes Barnard, indicated that a “qualified” Mnyimba would have to be accepted.
This from the same man who told the media earlier the same day that finality was reached over the unlawful appointment of Mnyimba… “Die implikasie waarvan onmeetbaar sou wees“.
Remarkable. Irresponsible. And spectacularly naive.
If only the DA would respond, O!O would be able to explain to readers how the doublespeak with forked tongue may possibly be understood…
But the DA, like a petulant child berated for rascality, wont speak to O!O.
And indicative of a political cadre that completely lost the plot – inasmuch as it ever had an understanding of the plot.
If the DA is this mealiemouthed about an appointment that can potentially destroy Oudtshoorn’s already frail finances, the DA can not be trusted with managing refuse bag distribution.
O!O can do only this much: indicate the folly.
Someone has to get the lethargic DA councillors to act.
Asa I said yesterday, on the title page: Ons weet nou al lánkal dat die armsalige ANC-raadslede niks doen sonder dat die NUK die PUK aansê om die SUK opdrag te gee om die koukus voor te sê wanneer om kamer te verlaat nie. Maar nou verneem O!O dat die DA-koukus óók sy “menings” deur “die Kaap” laat goedkeur. Ons het gestem vir drommels wat nie eens hulle eie menings kan uitspreek nie, wat nog te sê na ons belange omsien en dit bestuur! As jy ‘n pennie gee vir dié vermaledyde lotjie se kollektiewe gedagte gaan jy sommer báie kleingeld kry! Berge val op ons; heuwels bedek ons!
Good luck to whomever accepts this gordian task.
Oudtshoorn. 6 November 2012. 09h40. I had a theory; an hypothesis*.
My postulate** became a virtual certainty when the ANC’s regional secretary, Putco Mapitiza, rejected it early this morning.
I checked the theory with two acknowledged local government legal experts and with someone I trust implicitly in the office of the Western Cape minister of local government.
The ANC is fixing to bring Tandekile Mnyimba back to Oudtshoorn.
Before I indicate how this will be done, I need to explain what transpired during the night on October 31 (Halloween night!) before the High Court settlement of November 1.
The ANC claims that it decided to abandon the appeal of the June 1 High Court verdict during a meeting on October 31. This much Mapitiza acknowledged when I spoke to him after Thursday’s settlement.
I have subsequently discovered that two senior counsel, advocates Michael Osborne and Norman Arendse, whose opinions were procured at huge cost to the ratepayers, advised against the appeal.
Not only did the ANC not decide to abandon the appeal, the ANC in fact appointed new counsel late Wednesday and attempted to reverse the strategy not to proceed with the appeal and to settle, by essaying to influence the new counsel.
The attempted intervention of the ANC – note: the political party and not the Oudtshoorn Municipality – is highly irregular and questionable.
The name of the new counsel; and the detail of what transpired, and among which parties, in the early hours before court on November 1; is withheld for very specific strategic reasons.
The ANC lied about its willingness to remove Mnyimba.
The ANC lied. Period.
And either Mapitiza was not informed of the ANC attempts to inluence the outcome, or he too is lying, as he denied all knowledge of such intervention: “It is a fabrication.”
It is imperative for the ANC that Mnyimba remains in Oudtshoorn. The reasons are known to O!O, but withheld until documentary proof can be secured… soon.
This is how the ANC will attempt, probably successfully, to return Mnyimba as municipal manager:
The next council meeting will be delayed for as long as possible.
Already Mapitiza told me this morning that it is not easy to convene a council meeting as Oudtshoorn is not governed by the ANC, but by a coalition, and that several diaries have to be coordinated.
I laughed. Mapitiza fell silent.
When the next council meeting is eventually held, an acting municipal manager will be appointed in terms of the Municipal Systems Amendment Act 7 of 2011, from the ranks of three directors: Deon Lott; Ron Lottering; and Francois Human.
This acting MM will serve for 90 days. Instead of applying to the provincial minister for an extension, which Anton Bredell hopefully will not consider, council will circumvent the act and appoint another acting MM from the ranks of the remaining two directors – for another 90 days.
(Of course it is a violation of the spirit of the act; and of course it should not be done; and of course it probably can’t be done… But the ANC will still do it, of course.)
This procedure may be repeated one more time in order to allow the ANC council (pardon, the “coalition” council) to bring one Thandekile Mnyimba back as MM after he had gained the additional (3 X 3) 9 months of “senior managerial experience” at some ANC municipal cesspool to qualify for the position.
O!O challenges Bredell to intervene without delay.
Seeing as the poor minister got bloody nosed yet again in Swellendam recently, O!O will not ask him to intervene in terms of s109 of the Constitution, but simply to live up to his “oversight responsibility and power” to assist the “coalition government of Oudtshoorn” to procure a new MM soonest.
*A tentative insight into the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena.
** A proposition that is accepted as true in order to provide a basis for logical reasoning.