Continued trouble in paradise
Decision makers turn to O!O first for what’s really happening in Eden
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Oudtshoorn. 08 March 2013. 06h45. The Eden DA caucus, without its Cope and ACDP members, will meet with Western Cape party leaders in Worcester on Monday, a day before a crucial council meeting on Tuesday.
O!O is reliably informed that concerns about the DA brand, believed to be damaged by councillor behaviour, will be addressed by the provincial leader, Ivan Meyer; his deputy, Theuns Botha; and the secretary, Anton Bredell.
It is expected that representative DA councillors from Eden local councils will also attend, and that the Western Cape minister of finance, economic development and tourism, Alan Winde, may be present.
This meeting follows on the back of information earlier this week from Pretoria that senior ANC leaders, including even president Zuma and NEC member Jesse Duarte, had been informed of the findings of the ENS Forensics Report recommending disciplinary and criminal charges against Eden mayor Wessie van der Westhuizen.
From Cape Town O!O learns that Van der Westhuizen probed Bredell, also the Western Cape minister for local government, on possibilities to address the ENS report “locally” or “internally” and prevent the report from being tabled during Tuesday’s council meeting.
Bredell refused amidst talk that the speaker is considering suspending Van der westhuizen.
According to a source close to Van der Westhuizen, the mayor threatened High Court action against his own council if he is to be suspended.
Senior local government sources agreed that such utterances may be construed as threats to the minister and may have further dire implications for Van der Westhuizen.
On 27 June 2011 Botha boasted in an email that he fired a mayor without blinking, but added that he might have acted differently if it was not for the media outcry against that mayor.
O!O strongly suspects that current DA leaership moves against Van der Westhuizen are sustained only by media pressure. Already the Eden crisis – and it is no less than a full blown crisis – is to be addressed at a “brand meeting” on Monday. This already represents illusions of down play.
In the mean time O!O’s source at Van der westhuizen’s breast reports that the mayor’s new set of official wheels were recently clocked at 184 kpm on the magificent stretch of road between Great Brak River and Mossel Bay.
The car is fitted with a tracker device, see, and it is also known that the mayor’s “political advisor”, Vujani Gouws, was at the wheel.
Gouws is due to be charged.
Yeah, have we all heard that one before!
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