Charges against MM rooted in charges against Mayor
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Drewan Baird. Oudtshoorn. 11 May 2013. 08h20. In a letter dated Friday, May 3, but apparently only submitted on Monday, May 6, Eden Mayor Wessie van der Westhuizen requests Speaker Doris Nayler to convene a special council meeting to consider “alleged gross misconduct allegedly perpetrated by the municipal manager, Godfrey Louw”.
The alleged misconduct is described in a letter by Eden’s Cope councillor, Oudtshoorn’s “Reverend” John Maxim, attached to the Mayor’s request.
Maxim accuses Louw of misleading Council on the cost of the forensic investigation of Van der Westhuizen and that Louw “flouted the supply chain management process in the appointment of ENS” to conduct the investigation.
Maxim also accuses Louw of failure to recover R60,000 from Fatima Hoosain-Whatney – O!O reported this matter yesterday.
In an email to WC Minister of Local Government, and WC DA Secretary Anton Bredell; Eden DA Constituency Head Alan Winde; DA WC East Region Chair Christelle Vosloo… and WC DA Deputy Leader and DA Head of Government Affairs – both immediate past WC DA Leader and Eden Constituency Head – Theuns Botha, but not including WC DA Leader Ivan Meyer, Nayler panics:
“… we really need to put our heads together now to come to finality. Please help…”
There are several things quite spectacularly wrong here.
The complaint against the MM is a normal administrative issue. There is no need for the Speaker to press red buttons that trip alarms in Cape Town. Why does the Speaker alert Bredell, Winde, Vosloo, and especially, Botha!?
Why must “heads be put together”; what is it with “finality” if the complaint is but hours old at the time of the Speaker’s email; what possible “help” does the Speaker need if all she is required to do is to call a Special Council Meeting?
The complaint against Louw has a poisonous tail. There is no love lost between the Mayor, Van der Westhuizen, and the MM. Louw was reinstated MM around the time Van der Westhuizen became Mayor after the May 2011 elections, and after a malevolent attempt to have Louw removed innitially succeeded.
The battle between Van der Westhuizen and Louw has never abated and has come to a head in the ENS investigation, seriously compromising the Mayor, even though the investigation was called by the Speaker.
It is also significant to note that the Speaker called the investigation within a very short time after Van der Westhuizen reported to his party leader, Helen Zille, that the then Eden Constituency Head, Botha, regularly had ex parte meetings with the Speaker and the MM, without informing the Mayor of either the meetings, or the outcomes.
Van der Westhuizen confronted Nayler, and the ENS investigation, revealing legitimate anomalies, followed.
But it is significant to note that whilst Van der Westhuizen is being investigated, Theuns Botha had been removed as Eden DA Constituency Head.
The DA spins Botha’s removal, rather unconvincingly, as demanded to level the playing field in anticipation of the Van der Westhuizen hearing and probable conviction. The DA says that if Van der Westhuizen is found guilty while Botha is the DA political boss in Eden, a conviction may be seen as the result of a personal vendetta.
No shit Sherlock!
Yet Botha’s removal, at the very least, confirms the political tension between the Mayor of Western Cape’s prime district and the DA’s Head of Government Affairs. And to think that Botha was instrumental in Van der Westhuizen’s appointment in June 2011!
O!O has intimate knowledge that Botha can not afford to lose Van der Westhuizen. Botha has even intimated that if he loses Louw he can easily redeploy him; but if he loses Van der Westhuizen, he has nowhere to move him.
A loosed Wessie van der Westhuizen, love him or hate him, will destroy the DA in Eden. And you can take that to the bank. The DA knows this only too well.
It is as if Van der Westhuizen is to the DA in Eden as Gordon April is to the ANC in Oudtshoorn – these gentlemen have their parties over a barrel.
The Eden DA Alliance Caucus is divided on the ENS Report because it is divided on Van der Westhuizen. Especially the Cope member, Maxim, has a compelling reason to support Van der Westhuizen at virtually all cost: It is Van der Westhuizen’s hand that feeds Cope duds Allan Kock and Vujani Gouws.
Hence Maxim’s salvo across the bow of Louw (nice, eh!?) – Van der Westhuizen’s enemy; Botha’s confidant.
It is also because Eden and Bitou employes Kock and Gouws that Cope Leader Mosiuoa Lekota refuses to even acknowlege complaints of their disruptive incompetence and ill-discipline.
And the DA Head of Government Affairs, Theuns Botha, simply says that they all work together well – a statement that reminds one of Jacob calling a virtual comatose Mandela “up and about”.
Yet it was Botha, then Van der Westhuizen’s political boss, who ordered the Eden employement of Gouws and Kock immediately following the May 2011 elections – until Bitou and Hessequa were sorted out to receive them. Eventually Gouws remained in Eden and Bitou Mayor Memory Booysen personally thanked Van der Westhuizen, in an email, for holding Kock in anticipation of his Bitou appointment.
Van der Westhuizen and Botha have so much on each other that a veritable cold war exists between the Marks Building and York Street.
This is the main reason why O!O maintains that the DA will do nothing to remove Van der Westhuizen – even given a formal charge sheet, already in the Speaker’s possession… and in the possession of a certain online publication that regularly puts the fear of hell itself into the Marks Building. Although, of course, nobody in the Marks Building ever reads O!O. And, in a metaphysical riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma, with apologies to Sir Winston, nobody is better informed of O!O reports than the Marks Building.
The ENS Report has now become the ENS Repulsion. Action against van der Westhuizen is demanded. But action against Van der Westhuizen may harm the DA more than it harms the Mayor. O!O will publish an analysis on this take soon.
The poor DA… Damned if it does; damned if it doesn’t. But a conundrum of the DA’s own municipal political sloppiness.
Hence Speaker Nayler’s call for “help” to all intimately involved in the cold war stand-off.
The call “to put our heads together now” reminds me of something I once read somewhere about Sydney Smith on a proposal to surround St Paul’s with a wooden pavement: “Let the Dean and Canons lay their heads together and the thing will be done.”
1998. Kelly, Rosanna, Ed. The Little Book of Insults. Parragon. Bath. 176.
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