DAMAGE MAY RUN INTO MILLIONS
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Oudtshoorn. 12 December 2012. 13h35. Director Community Services Ron Lottering; Head Planning & development Jaco Eastes; and three colleagues I did not care to meet, held an in loco inspection at around 13h00 at the scene of yesterday’s accident.
There were general exclamations of incredulity and I suggested that the abject failure to get the management of the AIFA Flight School and the Driver’s License Center contracts in place is a function of “bloody stupidity”.
I spoke for myself and not as an agent for anybody. Then I left.
Oudtshoorn is run by idiots.
Oudtshoorn. 12 December 2012. 08h25. I have had a long and earnest telephone conversation with Western Cape minister of transport Robin Carlisle this morning.
It is abundantly clear to me that Carlisle, a minister I specifically rate, is not in possession of the facts surrounding the Licensing Center. And I told the minister so.
I am personally convinced that Carlisle is, in fact, keen and willing to fix the Oudtshoorn problem and we agreed that his ministry and the local media should join forces in solving the problem.
O!O is in possession of alarming facts and will investigate same today before reporting.
I was even able to raise Ron Lottering, Oudtshoorn’s director community services, the functionary with final responsibility for the Licensing Center, this morning. Lottering expressed his shock at the happenings at the center and promised to respond in full during the course of the day.
Oudtshoorn. 11 December 2012. 18h15. Eish!
The scene of the acident at the aerodrome this afternoon…
A Cessna 150 of the AIFA flight school; the 6-seater Aerostar of Johan Strassheim; and a Cessna Cardinal 177 of the Aero Club were damaged this afternoon when a learner driver from the Eastern Cape, Ms T Kolisi, backed into the AIFA hanger at the Oudtshoorn Aerodrome.
Mr M Godongwana, the brother of the owner of the vehicle, was training Kolosi when the accident happened. The pair was using the official municipal training and testing facility adjacent to the hanger.
Individuals familiar with aircraft estimated the potential damage in the region of R2.8 million and suspect that two of the damaged aircraft may be scrapped.
Damage to the hanger is estimated to be between R20 000 and R40 000.
That the municipality is liable for all damage has been confirmed by the highest provincial authority on condition of anonimity.
But the real story of interest is the illegitimate use of the official municipal training and testing centre – a matter that has long angered the people of Oudtshoorn.
Today’s mishap is all the more serious because it involves the illegitimate use of the municipal training and testing facility by a private individual, training someone he claims to be “one of my sisters”.
Godongwana had no business using the facility after hours. The desk closes at around 15h30 and no one is supposed to use the facility after closing time.
Oudtshoorn’s traffic chief, Thembuxolo Tyatya, is responsible for the training and testing facility and reports to the director community services, Ron Lottering. Neither could be reached for comment.
Golisa Gasa was appointed, with effect from November 1, as management representative of the Oudtshoorn Drivers’ Licence Testing Centre, an A-Grade testing centre which requires, in terms of the Road Traffic Act, the appointment of an A-Grade testing official, someone who is graded to test for all driver’s licenses.
Gasa did not even have a driver’s licence himself when he was appointed!
The municipality sponsored his attendance of the qualifying K53 Course at the Gene Louw College in Brackenfell after his appointment, but Gasa could not complete the course for lack of qualifications to even have been entered.
Gasa was given R30,000 to cover his expense for the course and even travelled to Brackenfell in a municipal vehicle although the allocated amount was intended also to have covered his personal transportation cost. Gasa has to date not supplied a single invoice or made any repayment to the municipality.
Earlier this year the Western Cape minister of transport, Robin Carlisle, urged the media not to report on the gross discrepancies at the testing centre where driver’s licences were sold openly, to allow the “Hawks”, as the minister claimed, to finalise an investigation.
The Serious and Violent Crime Unit of the Oudtshoorn SAPS’s Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation finally raided the testing centre on June 22.
Today’s accident confirms the absolute disdain of Oudtshoorn by the Western Cape DA government. It has been six months since the “o, so secretive and cunning plan to fix the licensing problems” came to fruition and the testing centre was raided.
The Oudtshoorn SAPS members are committed to eviscerate the clamant lawlessness at the testing centre, but their hands are truly tied by kilometers of red tape. The case against Tyatya and Lottering for defeating the ends of justice is currently being considered by the DPP in Cape Town. The officers have to wait…
Oudtshoorn is run by idiots.
The rational people of Oudtshoorn appear to be quite at ease with the status quo – I saw not a single municipal official or councillor at the scene of the accident this afternoon.
Certainly not the councillors and the officials of Verwoerd Square.
And the minister? And the premier?