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Oudtshoorn. 17 November 2012. 07h20. On Thursday evening, at the DA’s public meeting in support of Bitou Ward 2 candidate Wayne Craig, at Craig’s restaurant in Plett… 14 people showed.
(At the independent primary on October 23, 162 people cast their votes; some 180 attended the event.)
The candidate and Bitou’s ANC Mayor arrogating as a DA member, resplendid with membership card and title, were among the 14.
Hardy Mills was there too. First to have arrived, mind. Hardy is not particularly well known for his support of the DA.
At least two others, identifiable, were supporters of independent candidate Francois Geldenhuys.
That leaves 9 people out of 2,837 who voted DA on May 18 last year. No doubt some of the 9 were DA management members and obliged to attend.
But the indifferent attendance does not mean the DA is no longer the odds-on favourite, by some margin, to retain Ward 2 on December 5.
The voters of Ward 2 have to be convinced to make a decision.
The voters of Ward 2 have to be convinced that it is all right not to vote DA.
Only then can Geldenhuys make a clear run for victory.
People do not change readily. It is safe, so 2,837 Ward 2 voters argued 18 months ago, to vote DA against the ANC onslaught – an onslaught that is particularly scary at this time given what the savant manc leaders of the ANC is doing in the Boland and Swellendam and Oudtshoorn to trick unsophisticated people into even physical violence for the political ends of the elite.
The ANC is a despicable political cabal justifiably feared.
Over the next fortnight O!O will regularly publish factual evidence of the DA’s deplorable local government record – in non Goldilocks municipalities. Read the facts. Then decide.
For the moment O!O must insist on a public debate between Geldenhuys and Craig.
The people of Ward 2 will send a message to the entire country on December 5. That message can be one of fear and withdrawal and hiding; or it can be one of hope for our towns to eventually be managed and run by independents not responsible to party bosses who use local governments as pawns on the national chess board to gain footing for that so-called “bigger picture” sold as beneficial for all in the long run… while the marginal municipalities bleed to death.
Therfore the DA candidate and the independent must inform the voters, from a joint stage, how they will inluence politics and service delivery in Bitou.
A debate is essential!
Several rather influencial DA supporters and members corresponded with me and spoke to me over the last few weeks. Most all of the discussions were about a feeling of failing and deserting and foresaking the DA should the independent Geldenhuys be supported.
I have heard passionate calls from good people reminding themselves of a political ancestry I enthusiastically share: the Progressive Party; the PFP; the DP; Harry Schwartz; Helen Suzman; Colin Eglin; Van Zyl Slabbert; Zach de Beer. Many spoke of an affinity for Helen Zille.
I share all of the sentiment; I share the affinity and respect for Zille; I too am disgusted by the manipulative ANC rogues cozening the unsophisticated masses into support of a failed state outcome dressed up in the cheap tuxedo of an empty dream.
Yet I am ready to tell you that even Zille’s only response to the tsunami of evidence supporting the dismal failure of the Bitou DA is that “now would be a bad time to desert the DA”.
It is the duty of each and every individual who will remain in South Africa, by choice or circumstance, to make yet another brave decision, quite similar to the one made in the period leading up to 1994: That it is not only acceptable; not only reasonable; but absolutely imperative – for the very survival of orderly government – to change the pattern of the past and make a new choice for an alternative to the otherwise inevitable failure of our very way of life.
Independents must run our towns.
Let the ANC and the DA play their mind games with the masses on provincial and national level – YOU, and you alone – can make a difference in the municipality where you live and work and play and raise families and receive visits from your grandchildren.
It’s up to YOU.
Do you have the wherewithall to make yet another brave decision to avoid an alternative too ghastly to contemplate?
Do you, Bitou Ward 2 voter?
Please that you may.