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Oudtshoorn. 1 February 2013. 08h30. O!O first revealed Cope’s extortion in Eden in December when the Bitou deputy mayor, Adam van Rhyner, boycotted a council meeting in solidarity with the claim of Vyjani Gouws, Cope Western Cape leader, and political advisor to the Eden mayor, for a 14th cheque.
It is now clear that much more than the extra R25,000 odd remains at stake, despite the curt January 10 message from Theuns Botha, DA Western Cape “deputy” leader: “We had a successful meeting, thank you.”
Cope wants more positions for its unemployed. The party even demanded directorships! But it settled for something less – surprise, surprise.
Botha; and Cope’s Mosiuoa Lekota, Leonard Ramatlakane, and Nic Koornhof assured O!O in January that all was well and the relationship between the DA and Cope above suspicion.
But all is not well.
As a matter of fact, Cope has the DA over a barrel in Eden.
In addition to Gouws, Cope Eden spokesperson Allan Kock was also “parked” in Eden District Municipality after the May 2011 elections when the DA won Eden outright. The two cadres had to be “accommodated” by arrangement to secure the DA / Cope “cooperation agreement”.
Prudent Eden DA councillors complained about the cost of carrying the dead wood. Eventually the Eden DA constituency head, Botha – also the DA’s head of government business – forced Kock on Bitou, where he was positioned as “office manager” to the Cope deputy mayor… to the irritation and vociferous objection of judicious DA councillors in that municipality. Bitou DA constituency head Donald Grant followed his boss’s lead. Remember, the DA consists of yes-men and women; of flunkies – they do as they’re told, or else… Johann Brummer, the main objector to Kock’s redeployment was since “automatically” removed as councillor by a DA computer.
And you thought it was only the ANC that appointed and redeployed cadres!
Two Bitou advertisements appeared in the Southern Cape media this week: For a “Personal Assistant to the Deputy Mayor” – R127,992 per annum; and for a “Clerk: Special Programmes” – R89,678 per annum.
Kock’s cost to Bitou is believed to be in the region of R240,000 per annum.
The Bitou ratepayers is therefore funding the DA / Cope “cooperation agreement” to the tune of some R450,000 per annum – in a council where Helen Zille, DA Leader, sold “control” to unsuspecting Ward 2 voters in December to return a DA candidate to council… something her trusting supporters duly did.
This outrageous waste of ratepayer money is justified by the DA leaders as being necessary to maintain the relationship between the DA and Cope.
It’s chequebook politics, irrespective of how it is spinned and the cheque is drawn on the ratepayer account.
Plett residents clearly recall Anton Bredell’s comments after the 2009 elections that no “nonsense spending” would be tolerated in Bitou, or anywhere the DA governs.
Bredell’s office even sponsored an expensive PwC audit last year to tighten the organogram. But Cope wants nothing of that. Cope wants money for its members. And the ratepayers must cough up.
There shall be an independent option for voters come the next municipal elections. Voters can avail themselves of that option, or continue unabated on the road to political perdition.
By the way, the duties of a deputy mayor, pardon – “executive deputy mayor” – can be disposed of by a busy person in half an hour before breakfast, to borrow a phrase once used by an efficient old school Oudtshoorn director about a tn new appointment in “strategig” (sic) management.