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Oudtshoorn. 22 November 2012. 00h35. I say again that I do not speak for the independent candidate in Ward 2.
Yet, this is what I think should be the strategy should Geldenhuys win on December 5:
That the Independent wins Ward 2 on December 5.
The Independent needs, above all, to establish political influence.
A Singular Fact
The Independent has the political balance of power in Bitou.
Neither the ANC, nor the DA/Cope can govern Bitou without the Independent’s kingmaker status.
The unique political circumstances in Bitou known, the question arises as to why the Independent must align with either the ANC or the DA/Cope as opposed to the Independent assuming authority and inducting both the ANC and the DA/Cope to establish a government in Bitou.
Therefore it is proposed that
The Independent vigorously maintains his independence in a council torn by political horse-trading and factionalism that has already denied Bitou any semblance of effective and efficient government since 2006.
The Independent promotes and implements a government not of unity, but of what may be best defined as one of inclusive cohesion.
The Independent forms a Mayco consisting of 1 Independent; 1 Cope; 2 ANC and 2 DA members, and a Council with an Independent Mayor; ANC Deputy Mayor and DA Speaker.
The portfolios consist of Finance; Corporate; Community; Technical; and a new portfolio, preferably Strategic, to be established and to ensure an uneven number of Mayco members under the Chairmanship of the Independent mayor.
The Independent caucuses with both the ANC, and the DA/Cope.
All Councillors be encouraged to vote their conscience in delivering services to the people of Bitou, rather than serving provincial and/or national political agendas.
The Independent governs Bitou.
Is it unusual? Is it difficult? Of course! But it’s possible! And it’s preferable!