A dirty bomb about to detonate in Eden

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Oudtshoorn. 16 January 2013.

16h00 O!O. Has now also learned that Wessie van der Westhuizen had approached the DA Western Cape leader, Dr Ivan Meyer, to intervene.

In the mean time Sylvester Taylor, see below, is telling all and sundry in Eden that Van der Westhuizen “is nou moeg vir al hierdie k@k en hy gaan sy leier sien” – De Lille? Or Zille?

14h00 O!O has learned that one of Wessie van der Westhuizen’s confidants, Sylvester Taylor, originally employed in the mayor’s office as communications liaison, will be meeting with Patricia de Lille, leader of the Independent Democrats that exists only nationally still untill next year and current mayor of Cape Town, in an attempt to salvage Van der Westhuizen’s political career.

09h10 On December 14 DA Western Cape deputy leader and DA Eden constituency head Theuns Botha was concerned that O!O would report on the doingses at Eden. Botha was troubled that an O!O report could derail DA disciplinary processes in Eden.

Apparently, should information be leaked, the disciplinary process is mortally wounded. Utter, unadulterated rubbish, but there you have it.

O!O agreed to hold back the report.

Yesterday evening the Eden story was completed and ready for publication this morning.

In the apparent absence of Botha’s overt petitioning O!O again agreed at the last minute to hold back the story until Monday.

By the way, the DA does not talk to O!O, as the local chair, Hannes Barnard, is keen to tell every man and his dog.

This morning all hell is loose in Eden because of my letters last night to Botha and Eden mayor Wessie van der Westhuizen.

Mutual accusations among DA functionaries about who leaked information to O!O are flying about like a spaghetti monster.

Here are the O!O sources, for the record – Zille, Botha and Bredell take note, along with your sidekicks in local caucusses and constituency executives: O please, did you really think I’ll drop my sources? I had already been threatened with court action and have refused to divulge sources.

This much I’ll tell the poor petulant politicians: My sources aren’t local. My sources have intimate knowledge and are sources exactly because they believe that the DA is faltering in Eden.

The DA is concerned about my knowledge of the preliminary external audit report… and my knowledge of the accusations against Van der Westhuizen not even in the report.

The present panic in Eden is about my knowledge of what happened to the report delivered to Van der Westhuizen yesterday.

An anonymous phone call is my source. I used the information to ask a few targeted questions, and voila! Also, there is a voice recording of the happenings around the speaker’s office yesterday when Van der Westhuizen “returned” the report to her.

I can say without fear of contradiction that I have never met, nor have ever spoken to the Eden speaker.

I do know that Van der Westhuizen ordered the speaker’s access to O!O blocked and that she had to arrange yesterday to have access because, as she apparently said, she needed to know what was happening in Eden.

The DA is a joke. The party cannot even run Eden – a district municipality without any of the local government issues faced by councils daily.

When O!O does publish the Eden story next week, it will start a month before the 2011 elections, on the day the DA decided that Wessie van der Westhuizen would be its poster boy.

For the moment, however: The DA is in dire straights in Eden. And it is desperately trying to keep the people of the Southern Cape in the dark.

The DA has until Monday…

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12 thoughts on “A dirty bomb about to detonate in Eden

  1. Dankie, Hannes!

    Hier is Hessequa sew mense:

    E x e c u t I v e   M a y o r
    Raadslid Emor Nel 

    M u n I c I p a l   M a n a g e r
    Johan Jacobs 

    The Council consists of 15 councillors, of whom 8 are Ward Councillors and 7 Proportional Representative Councillors. The members of the Mayoral Committee also form part of the council. 

    M a y o r a l   C o m m I t t e e

    Emor Nel – Executive Mayor

    Julian Merkeur – Executive Deputy Mayor

    Charles Prins

    Dr. Joan Prins 

    S p e a k e r

    Leon Fourie

    W a r d   C o u n c I l l o r s

    Phillip Claassens       Ward 1 (DA)

    Charles Prins             Ward 2  (DA) 

    Dr. Joan Prins                  Ward 3 (DA)

    Lillian February          Ward 4 (ANC)

    Annelene Hartnick     Ward 5 (ANC)

    Freddie Hartnick         Ward 6 (ANC)

    Andrew Stroebel        Ward 7 (DA)

    Chris Taute                 Ward 8 (ANC) 



    P r o p o r t I o n a l   R e p r e s e n t a t I v e   C o u n c I l l o r s

    Elias Dayimani        (ANC)

    Fred Carelse            (Civil Independent)

    Dawid Abrahams     (ANC) (Eden District Representative)

    Richard Johannes    (DA)  (Eden District Representative)

    Emor Nel                 (DA)

    Julian Merkeur        (COPE)

  2. O!O, jou soort is dun gesaai. Ons kort meer mense soos jy met genoeg ruggraat om n slapgat party/e aan te vat. Sommer terloops. Waar kan ek vasstel wie almal raadslede en wykskomiteelede in die Hessequa munisipaliteit is? Sterkte meneer

  3. Benoude katte maak nou benoude spronge! Gaan die DA leierskap nou weereens korrupsie toesmeer deur ou Wessie te help? De Lille het nog baie vrae om te antwoord oor haar betrokkenheid by tenders in Swellendam toe Walter Hendricks nog munisipale bestuurder daar was. Nouja toe!

  4. Hunter, if one can call Parliament or Municipal Council chambers a parish then these blimps are already all accommodated.

    Anyway, i wonder what doctrine these parishes teach about life beyond corruptible political life ? Reincarnation perhaps returning as experienced potbelly feeders at the trough ?

  5. Or Wessie has been lying to his leadership…..that’s if he is really a DA at heart. He seems more of a ANC/ICOSA type.

    Lets hope that Patricia De Lille,his former leader, and Helen Zille does something about him.

    Is Wessie not suppose to be a christian?

  6. Ed die rede hoekom Wessie so lank hou is omdat weet van onwettighede in die DA en ek hoop dit sal nou met die aksie teen hom te berde gebring word.

  7. OO, VIVA jou voortbestaan en mag ons almal jou te alle tye bystaan terwille van die bevordering van DEMOKRASIE en eerlike bevoegde regering

    Dis duidelik dat Politici in n Mafia-styl verander het

    Wat my diep bekommer is nie oor die inligting waaroor OO beskik nie, maar die DA se reaksie daarop, n DA wat nou totaal onbetroubaar is en meer bekommerd is oor wie dit gelek het, EERDER AS OM DIE ONBEHOLPENHEID EN ONEERLIKHEID OP TE LOS EN DAARDIE NES VAN ROWERY SKOON TE MAAK. En dan blameer hul die ANC vir soortgelyke oortredings. Watse huigelagtige gekkigheid is dit die ???

    Ek versoek nou in die openbaar dat Theuns Botha, Bredell en Wessie vd Westhuizen n amptelike stelling hieroor maak en bewyse lewer hoe hierdie adviseurs hul pond verdien het en belastingbetalers beskerm word, OF BEDANK

    Absolute SKANDE. Dit waarvoor jy nie gewerk het nie is of DOBBEL of DIEFSTAL. Is die DA een of albei van lg.? Wie se toekoms steel of dobbel hulle dan weg ????

    Die publiek wag vir n indringende verduideliking en ek glo die Advokaat en Openbare Beskermer op George gaan sy hande vol he – hier kom n groot SKOKKENDE DING !!!!!

    Terloops OO, moet asb nie meer met die vyand van die publiek ‘heul” of hul liegstories glo nie omdat hul oor en oor bewys hul is n absolute onbetroubare publieke instansie – PUBLISEER al hul SKANDES sonder enige waarskuwing en copy die OB in

    Laat 2013 die jaar van SKOONMAAK wees en laat ons alle wetgewende instansies gebruik om die “publieke onkruid” in ons gemeenskappe uit te roei en LAAT PA STAAN VIR HUL ONEERLIKHEDE !!

  8. Dis juis die probleem, Selvin… Dis nie te sê hy gaan nie hou nie! Hy hou al sedert vóór die 2011-verkiesing – hy was tóé al in die moeilikheid en het bly oorleef! Hoekom!?

  9. Onafhanklike raadslede is en bly die antwoord as troefkaart vir partye wat so onderling konkel, swak dienslewering en finansiele wanbestuur! WERKLIKE leiers in elke gemeenskap behoort die voortou te neem om soveel moontlike onafhanklike kandidate op elke raad ingestem te kry. Bevorder demokrasie en vooruitgang, bevorder onafhanklike raadslede!

  10. Ek hou van ‘n man wat sy man kan staan en ek hou van OO wat ‘n hou kan slaan! Dit is presies wat ons demokrasie nodig het – om al die geraamtes uit die donker kaste te kry en aan die groot klok te hang sodat elke kieser ingeligte besluite kan neem wanneer dit by verkiesings kom. Baie dankie, OO, vir jou reuse bydrae tot die bevordering van demokrasie in ‘n land waar die reenboog-nasie soveel drome gehad het wat deur die gekonkel en vermorsing van beide die regerende party en die opposisie verongeluk word.

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