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Oudtshoorn. 20 November 2012. 13h45. Disinformation. Falsities. Misrepresentation. And not a single reason to vote DA – that is the essence of a recent “Vote DA because Francois Geldenhuys is a baddie and the Independents are useless” email.
Here’s my response, in bold, without the sanction of the independent candidate, Francois Geldenhuys.
Ward 2 By-Election
It’s your choice: DA or ANC
This by-election is about asking the DA to continue its work to rebuild Plett, or to return the town to the wastefulness of the ANC’s 15 years in power.
The ANC has not been in power in Bitou for 15 years, and it is indeed indicative of the DA’s lazy and neverminded approach to disrespect fact so blatantly. It makes one wonder what one should believe from the DA’s communications machinery, doesn’t it?
Yet if this disinformation is what the DA wants Ward 2 voters to accept, the question begs: If the DA could not make a difference and could not stop the “abominable ANC” for f-i-f-t-e-e-n years, how can voters even begin to expect that the DA will now suddenly, after December 5, make a difference for the better?
The DA has been in power now for some 18 months and…
Well, it is abundently clear that the DA can not be trusted with the affairs of Bitou.
Two municipal managers and a third ready to sue for compensation, to mention but a single of the many problems the DA has caused in so short a time speaks volumes fo the DA’s “ability”.
There is no third or “independent” way.
Says who? The very party most fearfull of losing power? The independent way is the only way. Both the ANC and the DA have dismally failed Bitou. Of course there’s a “third way”; an “independent way”.
Note how deftly the DA tries to ridicule “independent” by putting the word in quotation marks. As if you, who are considering the independent option, is really quite naive, quite stupid. Rather disrespectfull, don’t you think? A democratic party ridiculing “independence”. Quite laughable.
A vote for an “independent” candidate is at best a vote for instability – or at worst, a vote for the ANC.
This is a sad admission of complete and utter inability. The DA can not provide a single compelling reason for voters to support the party and must rely on the old Nationalist Party text book method: Tell them the other lot is bad for them.
A vote for an independent, especially the calibre of “Francois Geldenhuys,” (the candidate) is exactly what Bitou needs: no more outright control by puppets of Luthuli House or the Marks Building, but an independent casting vote of a councillor with integrity and with the town’s interest at heart untouched by some political party agenda to maneuvre on the provincial or national front often at a risk to Bitou.
Where are we now? Council is hung with 6 DA/COPE seats and 6 ANC seats – you will vote for the 13th and decisive member who will make the difference between good, stable government or a period of greater instability.
This is the only true and factual observation of the entire current DA message. Ward 2 voters have the perfect opportunity to send someone not in service of either the ANC or the DA/Cope to council on December 5 to ensure that council decides for Bitou and not for the ANC or the DA/Cope.
Send Wayne Craig to the council and Cape Town will continue to rule Bitou.
Send Francois Geldenhuys to the council and Bitou will decide for Bitou!
It’s a no-brainer really. It’s is quite unimaginable that the DA can be so ill advised as to bring up an argument that points dead against it own candidate.
Why wouldn’t an “independent” councillor work for Plett? Some reasons …
1. He does not have the support of a caucus of fellow councillors or the backing of an organization with clearly stated principles and policies.
Is the DA saying that the DA councillors will work against Francois Geldenhuys, rather than seek opportunity to improve the Bitou government and service delivery to all Bitou’s people by seeking to work with Francois!?
Is the DA really saying that Francois can not expect the support of DA councillors if elected? There can hardly be a better reason not to vote DA on December 5!
Francois will support all councillors who put Bitou first.
This is exactly why Bitou must have an independent balance of power – so that councillor cliques can not ever again get away with putting party policy above Bitou’s interests; so that councillor cliques can not ever again get away with turning their backs on the best for Bitou so that party instructions can be upheld.
2. As one vote in a Council of 13, he is not able to implement or do anything.
No so! As one vote in a council of 13 no faction of 6 will be able to force party political agendas in Bitou!
But of course the real effect of that single 13th vote scares the living daylights out of the power hungry DA. The fact of the matter is that no decision can be made and nothing can be implemented without the independent’s backing – the INDEPENDENT’s backing, mind, NOT the DA’s backing, or the ANC’s backing.
Bitou’s very survival and Bitou’s long overdue start on a road to recovery starts with an independent determining that Bitou is served and not the DA and not the ANC.
3. He is not subject to any party code of conduct.
Indeed! True and thank goodness, for now Bitou can finally be assured of decisions made for Bitou and not in service of the DA or the ANC.
It is quite unbelievable that the DA can have the effrontery to refer to a “code of conduct”.
If Francois Geldenhuys does not deliver for the people of Bitou the voters of Ward 2 can recall him – fire him, and force a new by-election.
The DA refuses point blank to place this power in the hands of the voters. Once the DA candidate, heaven forbid, is installed, he’ll stay put until the next election… or until the DA conjures some debt and “automatically” terminate his party membership, perhaps?
Want a “code of conduct”!?
Here’s a code of conduct: Send the DA candidate to council on December 5 and the DA will decide for you. Send Francois Geldenhuys to the council on December 5 and you’ll decide for yourself. And if Francois does not deliver, you can take him out. Period.
How’s that for a code of conduct?
4. Who would be elected as Speaker? Mayor?
The council will decide. NOT the DA; NOT the ANC; the council will decide – and the people of Bitou, if Ward 2 voters send Francois Geldenhuys to the council on December 5, will have a casting vote!
The people of Bitou will decide the Speaker – not the DA; not the ANC.
The people of Bitou will decide the mayor – not the DA; not the ANC.
The independent balance of power means that all parties will be forced to work for the benefit of Bitou, because neither the ANC, nor the DA will be able any more to implement their party instructions.
Did you, dear voter, make Memory Booysen Mayor, or did Helen Zille and Theuns Botha and James Selfe make Memory mayor?
After December 5, if Ward 2 voters send Francois Geldenhuys to the council, YOU will decide the Mayor, not Marius Fransman or Helen Zille.
5. Council could become mired in political maneuvering and horse trading instead of focusing on its key task of service delivery.
Again, the DA’s terror at losing power in council is already affecting its thinking.
An independent balance of power prevents the horse-trading that has crippled Bitou.
It’s easy, really: you send Francois Geldenhuys to council to represent you, the people of Bitou, and not to represent some political party.
Francois states your case to council. If the DA and the ANC disagree with what YOU want, Francois will not support a decision forced by either the DA or the ANC.
6. How could the DA/COPE coalition implement any cohesive policy without having an outright majority?
An outright majority is what has Bitou in the state it is.
And independent removes the outright majority.
This is good. Very good.
The DA opposes the loss of an outright majority because it loses power.
Is not the DA making the decision to send Francois Geldenhuys to council o, so easy with these ridiculous made up “problems” which are in fact the very solutions to Bitou’s problems over “the last 15 years”!?
Worse, it would probably lead to the return to power of the ANC simply by the Independent siding with the ANC and passing a vote of no confidence in the Mayor.
Losing the mayorship.
A terrifying idea to the DA.
Let council decide, won’t you? Not the DA. Not the ANC. Council – with YOU holding the balance of power with Francois Geldenhuys’s casting vote.
Why is the DA not rather leaning towards an expectation that Francois will support them – if they propose motions that benefit Bitou? Why is the DA scared that Francois may support the ANC? Is the DA not confident of its policies to favour the people of Bitou?
Why? Consider these facts …
Fact: the independent candidate is opposing the DA in this by-election
No. No. No! The DA is opposing the people of Ward 2 in this by-election!
The independent candidate is opposing both the DA the ANC and is standing for the people of Ward 2.
The reason the ANC is not standing in Ward 2 is because the ANC is not absolutely stupid. It received 95 votes, out of 2,981 on May 18 last year. It probably realises that it doesn’t stand much of a chance in Ward 2. There’s no rocket science in the decision. Even the ANC gets this one. Do you? The DA obviously doesn’t.
Francois needs 1,491 of the people who voted for the DA and other parties last year to vote for him and he will be installed as a councillor of the people for Ward 2, not as a councillor of the DA’ not as a councillor of the ANC.
Fact: he and his backers are closely aligned with the ANC or are ANC members.
Bunk. Balderdash. Baloney. Bilgewater. Bollocks. Bosh.
I, editor of O!O am an ANC supporter?
The Pope is a Hindu!?
The DA is obviously scraping the barrel. And who can blame the DA.
The only noteworthy element of this entire mendacious message is that not even ONCE, not ONCE, is the DA giving you any reason whatsoever to vote for Wayne Craig representing the DA.
The DA only gives you wrong reasons not to vote for Francois Geldenhuys, representing the people of Bitou.
It is truly sad that the party we all have hoped would be able to stand up to the ANC onslaught has nothing but fear of failure to offer people.
Lies dressed up in a cheap tux.
Bitou Municipality is now well on the way to recovery! Vote DA
Bitou is indeed well on the way to recovery – because an independent candidate has the temerity to stand up to the DA and the ANC bullies to represent the people of Bitou rather than the DA or the ANC.
Vote DA? Only if you want to return Bitou into the hands of the very council that has so dismally failed you even in only 18 short months in power.
The first thing Francois Geldenhuys brings to this particular political fight, is resepct for the people of Ward 2 and respect for the people of Bitou in general.
Respect not to lie to voters.
Respect not to belie and besmirch his opponent.
Respect to face the insults and the misinformation and the lies and the innuendo from who but the DA – the “principled DA”; the “ethical DA”; the “moral DA”.
Francois is already protecting you against the DA.
You are already winning, people of ward 2 – winning for yourselves and winning for all the people of Bitou. Even before you have cast your vote for Francois.