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Oudtshoorn. 16 January 2013.

17h00 Cope’s Nic Koornhof has confirmed that his party is investigating the accusations surrounding the claims by Vujani Gouws for additional money.

16h20 Cope’s Nic Koornhof is not prepared to comment on the state of the political appointments as such appointments are common cause, but he did stress that O!O should make every efffort to demand explanations from municipalities carrying such functionaries.

13h35 Here is the “employment” history of the two Cope functionaries in Eden:

Vujani Gouws:
11/7/2011 –
No job description
“Advises” Cope and the mayor.

Allan Kock:
11/7/2011 to 31/1/2012
No job description
Generally known as an “office manager”

09h20 It’s a hit single from the 1985 Dire Straits album Brothers in Arms:

You play the guitar on the MTV
That ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it
Money for nothin’ and your chicks for free
Money for nothin’ and chicks for free

Vujani Gouws is the Cope Western Cape leader and is “accommodated” for income as the “political advisor” to the Eden Mayor.

Allan Kock, Cope’s Eden spokesperson, is similarly accommodated in Bitou after nearly a year on Eden’s payroll.

Gouws’ presence was a given when the current Eden Council was constituted after the 2011 election.

And guess who ordered Kock’s Bitou appointment? Anyone? O!O has a copy of the email.

These men do… nothing. And are paid enormous salaries for doing nothing.

Gouws does not even have a job description.

O!O has requested from the Eden mayor’s office a record of meetings between the mayor and his political advisor – the number of meetings; the duration of the meetings; and the reports filed by the advisor. Shall the mayor respond? Is the Pope a Muslim?

The appointments, at great expense to the taxpayer, is payback for Cope’s alliance with the DA.

This arrangement smacks of the DA’s hole-and-corner tactics in Oudtshoorn in 2007 when Jeffrey Swartbooi of the then Independent Democrats had to be accommodated to grease the then alliance between the DA and the ID.

This is the DA that accuses the ANC of cadre babysitting!

And DA politicians sell this conniving on the basis of the alternative ANC-gevaar.

To crown this outrage, there is no agreement in place between the DA and Cope subjecting Cope members of DA caucusses to DA discipline. Therefore no action could have been taken against the Oudtshoorn Cope councillor in Eden, John Maxim, when he moved in Gouws’ stance when the latter instructed Bitou Cope deputy mayor Adam van Rhyner to boycott the December council meeting in an attempt to force the DA Eden Council to allow Gouws a fourteenth cheque.

The politicians care nothing for the people of municipalities. The politicians move and shake for soi-disant self benefit and power. Period.

And they attempt to sell their snake-oil by making out that it is in the best interests of the very people they subvert.

Vote DA or ANC next time at your peril, people of Eden. The proof is all around you if you should care to notice.

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3 thoughts on “Money for nothing

  1. Ons is goed in die nuwejaar in, en nou is daar weer so ‘n bietjie asemhaal tyd om ander dinge te doen. VOORSPOEDIGE NUWE JAAR VIR IEDER EN ELK.

    Dit was duidelik die DA se praktyk om politieke beheer van die marginale rade te bekom deur dit koop met die betrokke munisipaliteite se geld. Daar is duidelik “jobs for pals” geleenthede geskep vir Cope mense in ruil vir hul samewerking. Hierdie praktyk druis natuurlik direk in teen die DA se eie beleid en staan in skrille kontras, veral wanneer die DA die ANC luid kritiseer vir dieselfde sg “cadre deployment.”

    Bostaande is my indruk gebasseer op wat ek lees, hoor en waarneem. As ek verkeerd is, nooi ek Theuns Botha, wie blykbaar aan die spits van die onderhandelinge gestaan het, of enigiemand anders van die DA om vir ons die feite te onthul wat die teendeel bewys.

    Miskien kan Anton bredell vir ons ‘n bietjie lig op die aanstelling van die twee manne werp. Anton het by verkeie geleenthede dit baie duidelik gemaak dat Burgemeesters nie PA’s en allerhande ander aanstellings in hulle kantore nodig het. Die stellings het hy herhaaldelik vanaf DA platforms gemaak. Ek het dit by geleentheid met my eie ore gehoor.

    Nou ontstaan die vraag, hoekom het hy niks gedoen aan die Gouws/Kok aanstellings waarvan hy onteenseglik bewus is en wat direk teen sy/DA beleid indruis nie? Ja, ons het al keer op keer Anton se verskoning gehoor dat daar verskillende vlakke van regering is en hy nie by munisipaliteite se interne reelings kan inmeng nie, so voor hierdie verskoning weer uitgedraf word laat ek dit duidelik stel dat ek nie van die Minister verwag om iets te doen nie, maar wel dat die DA ampsbekleer, Anton Bredell ‘n bietjie sy vinger uittrek en sorg dat daar by die party se veklaarde beleid gehou moet word. Political Leadership is wat ‘n mens van hom verwag, en dit geld vir onderleier Theuns Botha en leier Watsenaam -nou-weer, en natuurlik die DA se politieke leiers in Bitou en Eden, Donald Grant en die eienste Theuns Botha.

    As dit nie so is dat die DA die munisipliteite se geld gebruik om politieke gunste te koop deur kaderaaanstellings deur COPE toetelaat nie, is al wat nodig is vir hulle om dit duidelik en onomwonde te ontken. Hulle kan dit sommer net hier op O!O doen waar hiedie aantygings gemaak is. Maklik.

    Dan natturlik sal ‘n mense ook verwag dat hulle daad by hulle woorde voeg en verseker dat hulle beleid korrek uitgevoer word in die toekoms, en dat die wat skuldig is aan die wangedrag, selfs al is dit senior ampsbekleers, aan die pen ry. Dis maklik mense voer net julle beleide uit. Dit is tog wat ons voor die 2009 en 2011 uit julle eie monde gehoor het.

    Op die oomblik is julle geloofwaardigheid as party en mense ietwat aan skerwe. Dit is maklik om dit te herstel. Wees net eerlik en openlik met ons. Dis ‘n nuwe jaar, slaan tog nou ‘n nuwe blladjie om en kommunikeer weer openlik en eerlik met ons. Wees weer “responsive” soos julle eie beleid van julle verlang – in die gees van die nuwe jaar. Asseblief tog!!!

  2. Hoekom kan Koornhof nie sy eie vuilwerk wat sy party aanbetref doen nie? Geen stappe sal geneem word nie en hy weet dit.

  3. O!O beautifully put !
    Let me iterate your last STATEMENT to our mostly ignorant voters in EDEN

    “Vote DA or ANC next time at your peril, people of Eden. The proof is all around you if you should care to notice”

    Definately a case for the Public Protector to investigate too as the public does not benefit as these ‘nothing doers” rape our taxpayers money – Comments ?

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