Francois Geldenhuys demands DA candidate be disqualified for intentional false statements
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Oudtshoorn. 2 December 2012. 22h00. In another dramatic turn in the Bitou Ward 2 by-election, DA Leader Helen Zille and Bitou Mayor Memory Booysen have too been cited in a formal complaint laid by Independent candidate, Francois Brummer.
In a letter submitted this evening, Geldenhuys writes:
My letter of November 30, attached, refers.
I am now compelled to supplement my complaint in lumine sicco of a DA rally this morning, addressed, inter alia, by the Leader of the DA, Premier Helen Zille of the Western Cape; and the Bitou DA Mayor, Alderman Memory Booysen.
Booysen referred to me as “the proxy of the ANC” and called the factual statements contained in my carefully worded election pamphlet, “crap”. He as well as Helen Zille stated numerous times that I am not independent and that the voters should not be fooled.
Booysen even called me a liar, declaring that my commitment to honour a recall contract with the voters of Ward 2, allowing voters to enforce my resignation for non-performance, is a hoax.
Booysen further intimated that I was party to the deplorable violence that rocked Bitou just after the elections, was the reason why arsonists and rioters “got off free” in court, and further described me as “radical”.
Such deplorable misrepresentation; such abject lies; and such questionable language is against stipulations of the Act and Code as quoted in my original complaint, and warrants disqualification of the transgressing party. It’s not only unbecoming of a campaigner, but indefensible for a Mayor sharing the stage with the national leader of the DA!
The public condonation, both tacitly and overtly, of the Mayor’s utterances by the leader of the DA, the Premier of the Western Cape, the Honourable Helen Zille, obliges me to cite her also for investigation for breach of the Electoral Act 27 of 2000, as set out in my attached letter.
Oudtshoorn. 2 December 2012. 07h00. In a dramatic turn, the independent candidate in Bitou’s critical Ward 2 by-election on Wednesday, Francois Geldenhuys, petitioned the IEC late last night to have the DA candidate, Wayne Craig, disqualified for intentional falsehoods.
In a letter to the Western Cape IEC, copied to national IEC heads and civil liberty leaders FW de Klerk; UCT’s Raenette Taljaard, formerly of the Helen Suzman Foundation; and former IEC head Judge Johann Kriegler of Freedom under Law, a not-for-profit organisation for the promotion of democracy under law and the advancement of the understanding and respect of the rule of law and the principle of legality, Geldenhuys writes:
I am the independent candidate for ward 2 in the Bitou by-election of 5 December 2012.
I respectfully submit that the IEC disqualify the DA candidate, Mr Wayne Craig, for breach of the Electoral Act 27 of 2000.
I attach copies of emails by
1) The chairperson of the Bitou DA Constituency Committee, Mrs Liz Mundell, on 18 November 2012,to addresses apparently listed in a DA electronic database (IEC2) claiming that my backers and I are closely aligned with the ANC or are ANC members; and
2) The DA candidate, Mr Wayne Craig, to addresses contained in the database of the GAA (IEC1).
It is generally accepted that ward 2 consists of white voters who are fearful, in actual fact, of ANC rule in Bitou. A DA/Cope coalition governs since 18 May 2011 after many years of ANC rule and ward 2 is the DA stronghold, having returned 95% of votes cast in the 2011 election for the DA.
Following on Mundell’s fictitious claim that my backers and I are closely aligned with the ANC or are ANC members, the Cope Deputy Mayor, expecting not to survive a vote of no confidence should the governing coalition lose its majority as a result of my election, recently made a public statement that the ANC had paid me R 500 000 to run my campaign.
I have made every effort to meet with the parties in question with a view to have this disinformation corrected, but to no avail. These unfounded allegations constitute egregious lies and have injured me personally while fraudulently influencing voters not to vote for me, undermining the by-election to the point where it can hardly be regarded to be free and fair.
I refer to sections of the Electoral Act 27 of 2000 and accordingly petition you to disqualify Craig:
INTENTIONAL FALSE STATEMENTS
– No person, when required in terms of the Act to make a statement, may make this statement –
– – Knowing that it is false; or
– – Without believing on reasonable grounds that the statement is true.
– No person may publish any false information with the intention of-
– – Disrupting or preventing an election
– – Creating hostility or fear in order to influence the conduct or outcome of an election; or
– – Influencing the conduct or outcome of an election.
Section 9 deals with the code of conduct.
– No party or candidate may-
– – Use language or act in a way that may provoke-
– – – Violence during an election; or
– – – The intimidation of candidates, members of parties’ representatives or supporters of parties or candidates, or voters;
– – Publish false or defamatory allegations in connection with an election in respect of-
– – – A party, its candidates, representatives or members; or
– – – A ward candidate or that candidate’s representatives.
The mere fact that grounds exist for a call to have a candidate disqualified for falsity screams against the DA’s so-called image of political propriety.
The Bitou DA management is an embarrassment to the party, and the Craig campaign typifies the inherent ills.
Bitou is in trouble.
Clearly the ANC, generally, is not capable of running a beach in Bloem.
And the DA runs Goldilocks municipalities very well, but when management effort is demanded, the dearth of local leadership is as evident as a sore on the nose.
One thing is certain: Wayne Craig and the DA can not be trusted. The flagrant lies of the ward 2 campaign confirm this.
Ward 2 voters have an opportunity come Wednesday of halting the Plett rot, and showing South Africa that it is possible to return local government into the hands of locals, and not submit to party whims.
Vote independent. Vote Francois Geldenhuys.
Would you please, voters of Ward 2!?