Beleagured ex-MM escapes prison
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Oudtshoorn. 1 February 2013. 16h15. At 10h35 this morning Noël Pietersen was exonerated in the Cape Town High Court and his conviction of 15 February 2012 set aside.
O!O was first with the news within the hour. The NPA functionary who took O!O’s first enquiry exclaimed: “How do you know about this!?”
During the Regional Court case no witness could remember exactly what transpired during the time of the alleged crime.
A roleplayer intimately involved with the appeal told O!O on condition of anonymity that the High Court had little alternative but to find in favour of Pietersen as the evidence clearly indicates that Tinus Mathyssen, then Acting CFO; Thembani Gutas, Director Corporate Services; and Diane de Jager, DA Mayor, all knew about the payment of Pietersen’s personal legal fees from municipal funds… and elected to do nothing about it.
The actions, or lack of action, by the senior municipal management team and by the council at the time was seen by the High Court as at least tacit approval of Pietersen’s use of municipal funds.
When Nic Barrow revealed Pietersen’s wretched management background in an attempt to prevent the appointment, the then DA constituency head, Sidney Opperman, infamously told a delegation at Gotland House: “As julle wil boks, gaan boks in die Oos-Kaap”.
Even the DA MP, Opperman, wanted Pietersen appointed!
This matter was reported to Helen Zille who failed to act.
Oudtshoorn will be long in recovering from… Well, not the Pietersen saga as such, but the idiot management of the DA and the ANC.
One is disccombobulated by the sheer backwardness of the Oudtshoorn Councils so far this millennium.
Several chapters are still outstanding in the multi-party Pietersen saga: The Supreme Court of Appeals hearing in the Nel v Pietersen case is scheduled for this month, and in May Pietersen will return to the Oudtshoorn Regional Court to continue proceedings started on Monday.
Elephants are ‘afighting, and as usual the grass is damaged.