Mayor’s formal response due today
Oudtshoorn. 22 February 2013. 08h30. Bravado. Ostentation. Pomposity. Pretension.
But no velleity of regret that his actions lead to a forensic investigation, whatever the outcome.
(Velleity is one of my most favourite words, and means “lowest degree of volition”. One of my favourite authors, Bill Bryson, defined it as “that which describes a mild desire, a wish or urge too slight to lead to action.”)
O!O has learned that Mayor Wessie van der Westhuizen is boasting that “four advocates” told him not to worry about a thing, nothing will happen to him.
That much O!O is also predicting, but for different reasons, to be sure.
It’s YOUR man, DA! Fix it!
Oudtshoorn. 19 February 2013. 06h30. Yesterday I reported my conviction that nothing will happen to Wessie van der Westhuizen in the ENS matter.
But here is what should happen…
The key ENS findings are:
1. Van der Westhuizen committed fraud, forgery and uttering, breached the MFMA, exceeded his authority, abused his position, breached policies and procedures, failed to act in the best interests of the municipality, acted dishonestly, interfered in the administration of the municipality and breached the code of conduct for councillors.
2. Niehaus was complicit in fraud and uttering, breached the MFMA, failed to act in the best interests of the municipality, acted dishonestly and breached the code of conduct for councillors.
3. Fisher abused his position, breached policies and procedures and failed to act in the best interests of the municipality.
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The DA caucus, and the Eden council, do not have the technical expertise to decide the merits or demerits of the ENS findings, irrespective of Van der Westhuizen’s written response, due to be filed by close of business today.
Therefore only one course of action is permissible: Disciplinary action must be taken against Van der Westhuizen, Niehaus, and Fisher so that a properly constituted tribunal of the accused’s peers may decide the matter.
If disciplinary action does not follow, the Eden functionaries responsible for the investigation must personally reimburse the municipality for the wasteful expenditure of the investigation… and be charged with wilful intent to injure Van der Westhuizen; Niehaus; and Fisher.
And the municipality must inform the people of Eden why the discrepant travelling and accommodation claims exposed by the ENS Report are not addressed.
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