Bitou ANC Ward Councillor resigns

Lenard Jonas is called asunder up yonder

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Drewan Baird. Oudtshoorn. 23 May 2013. 12h45. The Lord, so says the honorable immediate past member for Bitou ward 4, Councillor Lenard Jonas, has changed his calling from political to spiritual.

Yeeeeeah… gOds and faeries!

And the good, reanimated, vivified, quickened councillor was seen, over the week-end and on various occasions at that, in the presence of Madam Helen Zille and that other God fearing man with the unruly fists and indocile zipper, Bitou’s ANC Mayor in a blue T-shirt, Memory Booysen.

Could The Voice have been channeled through these agents in blue!?

Jonas, so the story goes, had resigned because of “ongerymdhede” (incongruities, although the word “deurdagtigheid” was used – no, I am at a loss, maybe some Voice will enlighten us all) in some office – it is unclear whether he referred to a municipal office or an ANC office… if there is a difference at all.

But, my longsuffering readers, I have been too long in the land to buy a ward resignation on “principle”.

Ye gods and gnomes and fair maidens attending all fairy tale princesses, I have known but one or two councillors that would have been willing to resign a gravy train seat willingly for “principle”… unless that principle was itself bought and paid for by a better deal yet.

In the presence of Helen Zille and Memory Booysen; hearing The Voice… I smell a rat, the mother of Conan-Doyle’s Giant Rat of Sumatra.

I am a bit of a Sherlock Holmes authority and in The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire (it wasn’t a vampire after all, as Holmes said to Watson upon receiving the brief, “We must not let him think this agency is a home for the weak-minded”) the sleuth refers to Matilda Briggs and then muses, “… not the name of a young woman, Watson, it was a ship which is associated with the giant rat of Sumatra, a story for which the world is not yet prepared”.

I intend to write that story, as a pastiche. Now there’s a great word to go look up: pastiche.

But back to The Calling of Lenard the Leaver …

Ward 4 is the home territory of the DA Bitou Constituency Chair, Elaine Paulse, who lost to Jonas by the trifling number of 125 votes in May 2011 before she hailed the Gravy Express as a proportional councillor.

And earlier this week Paulse issued instruction for DA members to start going door to door in the Kwano section of ward 4… we are never, are we not, without some evangelicalism in politics, are we now!?

Ward 4 is made up of half of New Horizons and a section of Kwano.

New Horizons was cut in 2 by the MDB at the insistence of the ANC. Clearly the thinking behind that was to not have a 100% coloured ward because their vote is unpredictable and in any event at the time it was quite clear that the ANC was losing the coloured vote and that it would largely go to the DA and therefore that ward 4 would be a safe DA seat.

This is the way the voting went in 2011 with the ANC winning by a very small margin:

ANC ward vote: 1,180 – 47.77%
DA ward vote: 1,055 – 42.71%
COPE: 79
Independent: 76
ACDP: 67
ANC PR vote: 46.70%
DA PR vote: 46.37%

Damn these little snot parties, don’t you know!

The close run probably indicates that Jonas has some personal following and Paulse less so. And that is what won the ward for the ANC.

If Jonas did resign over some internal ANC “thing”, the DA may well consider running him. The DA does not have prospective candidates in ward 4. Paulse and her husband have aggrieved many in a personal capacity and active involvement in the DA has suffered for years as a result.

The DA can most definitely win this ward and it is the best ward after ward 2 for them in which to have a by-election.
 
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28 thoughts on “Bitou ANC Ward Councillor resigns

  1. Veels geluk aan Hilda Plaatjies & die ANC met hul oorwinning in ward 4 hoop van harte dat die gemeenskap sal baat vind onder haar vaandel….alle voorspoed vir die toekoms……dink ons gaan nou ‘n nuwe era betree waar meer samewerking tussen pol partye sal wees…..sien uit na wat voorle…..

  2. Eish….klink nie goed vir onse spongebob DJ nie…..dinge glad nie so voorspel toe hy die goue handdruk gekry het nie….verneem dat Mnr Fransman in die dorp was iewers……kon egter nie baie suksesvol gewees het nie want die saal was glo meer leeg as vol…..lyk nie goed op die oomblik vir die ANC nie…..die dep chair se ‘comeback’ is glo nie orals so gewild nie…..politics, not to be taken lightly…..

  3. Wie weet waar has-been Jonas is? Gee iemand om?

    Maar as gevolg van ‘n twee “ligte mistykies” weet ons waar onse DJ Adam staan.

    Elektroniese kommunikasie is ‘n seening maar kan ook soms ‘n vloek wees. Hoeveel mense het nie al hulle gatte gesien wanneer hulle twee verskillende boodskappe aan twee verskillenede mense of groepe wil stuur en dan raak hulle haastig of agterloosig en stuur die verkeerde ding perongeluk na die verkeerde adres. Dit gebeur veral maklik as jy met groot lyste werk en name wat na aan mekaar is en nie konsentreer op wat jy doen nie.

    Anyway, twee DA mense het ver uitmekaar sulke ligte mistykies gemaak wat my computertjie toelaat om vir my te se waar onse Adam hom bevind.

    Net nou die dag stuur die DA se antie-in-charge ‘n brief aan al die whities in die dorp om te vra hulle moet tog vir die huismeide en tuinjongens aanse om DA te stem op 7 Augustus. Ek is ook lyk my op daai lys.

    Oor Adam/COPE skryf sy so.

    “We, the DA, are working day and night to win the ward this time. The win will give us our own majority in Council. (We will, however, honour the coalition agreement with COPE in which COPE is guaranteed the Deputy Mayor position).”

    Wees gerus Adam, die antie love jou. Rerig!!

    Maar, voor jy te gerus raak, so twee jaar gelede het ‘n ander groot lig in die DA ‘n ligte mistykie gemaak en een van die antie-in-charge van die DA se briewe vir my gestuur instede van ‘n ander DA maatjie wat blykbaar naby my bly in sy contacts boksie op haar computer.

    Daar skryf sy so oor die armsalige Adam.

    “He is stupid, totally unfit and cannot ever be trusted in the coalition. We would ask that COPE fire him and replace him with the PR NO2,…” “If COPE does not replace/fire Adam Rhyner we have a problem. We will not be able to trust him even as an ordinary Councillor…”

    Dis is waar my computer se Adam staan. Maar hy wil nie voorspel wat Adam se toekoms inhou nie.

    Lekker slaap, Ou Grote.

  4. Wat het van mnr jonas geraak geliefdes??????? Wa sal mnr van rhyner hom bevind na afloop van die bi-election????????? Eish, nou raak dinge tense in wyk 4……..

  5. Ja Chris, so se hulle en so glo jy. Die werklikheid is dat as jy DA stem in die New Horison tussenverkiesing stem jy vir ‘n ou antie by name Dee Pelham Reid wat onder in die duine bly. Een van Liz Mundell se vriende. Toe die vraag gevra is by die vergadering hey die DA gelieg en gese hulle moet nog iemand benoem. ‘n blatante lieg storie.

    Kyk ‘n bietjie hoe het hulle tewerk gegaan toe hulle ‘n PR moet kies om Brummer te vervang. Hulle het in die What’s New adverteer vir aansoeke en toe onderhoude gevoer en toe 3 candidate gekies vir hulle lys. Ndayi van Kwano, Craig van Plett en Pelham Reid van Plett. Ndayi nommer een op die lys word toe aangestel. ‘n Paar maande later kap Dreyer om en Craig staan vir die DA in Plett en wen. Al wat oorbly op die lys is die ou antie, Pelham Reid.

    Om terug te kom by NH. Elaine is reeds die die DA raadslid. Of sy wen of verloor bly sy die raadslid. As sy wen val daar ‘n PR oop vir die DA en hulle gaan dit vul van hulle lys af. Daar is net een mens op daardie lys want daar is nog nie eens ‘n advertensie vir aansoekers geplaas nie. New Horisons se DA stemme sal nie vir een van ons mense wees nie, maar sal nog ‘n raadslid vir wyk 2 gee.

    ‘n stem vir die ANC gee vir ons iemand uit NH wat ons belange op die raad sal dien. Vergeet van die politieke partye, dink aan wie kan jou die beste verteenwoordig, ‘n ou antie uit die duine wat dalk nog nooit in NH was nie en nie eens die DA se vergadering hier beygewoon het nie, of Hilda wat diep wortels in die gemeenskap het.

    DINK VOOR JY JOU STEM VIR VREEMDELINGE GEE OM MEE TE DOEN WAT HULLE WIL.

  6. & their u have it, ANC branch established on a dull sunday afternoon not so well attended meeting…..well done Hilda Plaatjies, chairperson of the branch, hoop u sal die volk kan lei, as for the dep chair, that’s where confusion sets in,he’s had the opportunity to uplift this comm of new horizons & failed miserably in doing so yet he got re-elected, unbelievable, heading a door-to-door campaign with klein Louw ag no anc, “meng jou met die semels……”, no wonder DA’s just hanging back & enjoy how the opposition strangle themselves here…..

  7. Surely there can’t be so many candidates all of a sudden……only 2 months left and no definite clarity as to who will be the different representatives for their respective parties……interesting indeed, one would have thought that that would have been dealt with by now, or is it a case of ‘show me your’s & I’ll show you mine’…..

  8. Cometh the hour, cometh the man… And I don’t think it will be one of those three.

  9. @fred….any ideas or nominations as to a person with no political affiliations at this stage…..?? Pastor Paul Lukas perhaps, Cato Krigga, Romeo Koeberg, where can we find a suitable candidate this time around with the genuine interest of the community at heart…..we are open for discussions……

  10. Wake up Mama! He’s not a child of any god other than Mammon (Matthew 6:24) who is personified by Miesies Zille in this instance. WAKE UP!!!! He and she couldn’t give a damn about you!

    Do you think Elaine Paulse gives a damn? Helen Zille? Jacob Zuma? Theuns Botha? Julius Malema? Memory Booysen? Putco Mapitiza? Donald Grant? Winnie Mandela? Wayne Craig? Patricia de Lille? Wayne Craig? Lynne Brown? Tony Ehrenreich? Ivan Meyer? Gwede Mantashe? Anton Bredell? Monica Seyisi? Sumeya Ndayi? Thabo Mbeki?Nevelle de Waal? Wilmot James? Zwelenzima Vavi? James Selfe?

    Not a one, Mama. Not a one.

    Anyone you get from a political party will be the same.

    Mammon is where its at for them.

  11. Let the fun & games begin…….late night secret meetings, dark underworld of a politician……be carefull what u wish for, u might just get it……unfortunately it does not come with any guarentees my friend. Just hope that one day you can look back & don’t have any regrets about any desicion in your life…..u’ve made your bed………

  12. At DA Bishop, have you been asleep or are you on drugs?

    In the last few by-elections COPE has lost more voter support then a prostitute loses her underwear for a quick buck mate.

  13. I believe Leonard, as a child of God, must be honest with te people. I called him a few months ago to ask why his constituents can’t get hold of him! Why he don’t call public meetings….I also reported this to the ANC in Bitou whom I’m very sure has put him under pressure to perform….he didn’t conduct public meetings, was not active in his ward, was never available on his phone…funded by the very ratepayers he ignored….i sincerely hope the ANC will get someone who are active in that community….

  14. @ willempie u could’nt have said it better….nou om vi my & jan alleman in’ie straat leiding te gee oor wa ons nou so opregte & eerbare kandidaat in’ie hande sal kry.. Probleem is lyk my die vrot appels is so baie in’ie politiek dat die eerbares gou aangesteek word……ons is oop vi enige voorstelle…….

  15. New Horisons is en was nog altyd die swing vote in ons council. Die een wyk wat meer raadslede gee as enige ander wyk. Levendal, Wildeman en Paulse, Jonas, van Rhyner en Paulse. Onse Adam is nou wel te grand om te bly, maar hy kom hier uit. Maar, mense, hoekom is dit dat ons wyk so swak vaar wanneer dit by die doen van dinge en die dienste kom?

    Die problem lyk my is ons kies aanhoudend dieselfde bullshitters. ANC, DA, COPE almal presies die selfde. Nou gaan daar nog strydrosse en chancers hulle koppe uitsteek vir ‘n kans om baie betaal te word en fokkol te doen nes hulle voorgangers. Ek is glad nie opgewonde oor hierdie vooruitsig nie.

    ‘n Plekkie in die son vir New Horisons sal vir altyd agter die horizon bly solank die people hulle power vir mense gee wat nie weet wat om te doen en nog erger nie ‘n moer omgee nie solank hulle die lekker lewe ly. Wanneeer die mense van New horizon die politieke partye en hulle chancers en bullshitters verwerp en ‘n leier met integriteit uitkrap en vir hom stem dan kan dinge miskien verander.

  16. & da steek die ou strydrosse kop uit & lek lippe af vi die vakante raadslidpos….net wat in gedagte gehou moet word is dat die gemeenskap van New Horizons die hef in die hand het op die oomblik. Nou is die tyd om skouer aan die wiel te sit vir vooruitgang van ‘n baie oue gemeenskap wat op die oomblik stagneer & wat polities uitgebuit word , indien da nou reg onderhandel word kan die bree New Horizons as geheel hul lank verwagte plekkie onder die son beleef.& almal kan baat vind….power to the poeple!!

  17. Cope? Must be a rank outsider coming from only 79 votes. If they did grow enormous, say by 500% – it happens all the time. With 400 voters going for them it will destroy the chances of whoever they taking most support and give it to the other big dog party. If they win then we stay as is with a DA council DA 6 ANC 5 and COPE 2. Main thing is if ANC lose this seat the DA have the advantage. ANC must be crying with everything to lose and nothing to win. What happens if the lord calls DA’s De Waal?

  18. I hear through the grapevine that the former Eden communication manager who is implicated in the KPMG report has been appointed as Head of communications at Bitou. Is that so Ed?

  19. All gud and well,everybody say the DA stand a chance to win this,fine,have it ever cross your mind that Cope might win,the political playing field has change enormously after the last election,Cope has gain enormous support and there chances is good,How will the councill be if Cope win this ward?

  20. @Luke. Not so stupid becaos she going for mayor. Memory is self destructing and DA will have to take him out. Too much drinking with Mbali and embarsment foe DA. When Adam fall Donald Grant give his friend deputy mayor and then Memory fall or go to Cape Town and Elain is the new mayor and Sumeya get promotion in mayco. All Donald Grant friends ok.

  21. What’s wrong with this people? He wanted to get out of politics (can you blame him?) and secured employment for himself beforehand, like any responsible person would do. He had a good negotiation platform since the DA wants another seat in council for in case the Cope judgment (between Shilowa and Lekota) goes wrong for them. Any reasonable person will surely agree with me that there is nothing wrong with this so far. However, the following is highly problematic: His job application was late and should have been ignored. Then Mr. Lombard came to the rescue and proclaimed that the application was submitted to him in time and he accidently omitted to take it to the correct office. Ye right…. The big problem is that when Jonas is appointed, and he will be, what happens to the competitive bidding process that is compulsory for municipalities? It is high time that someone starts taking this blatant breach of protocol that became the norm unfortunately, to court. Oh and by the way, why do you comment under Pletty Mr. Brummer?

  22. Hier kom ‘n ding, Boys.

    Jonas was blykbaar nie baie gelukkig in die rol van raadslid nie. Amper van die begin af. Hy moes sy permanente pos by Bitou munisipaliteit prys gee om raadslid te word. Ek kan my indink hoeveel hy gewens het hy kan uit kom, terug na waar hy was.

    En toe kom dit na hom toe, uit die bloute, in ‘n droom as of die Here self met hom praat.

    As die DA my waarborg hulle sit my terug in ‘n permanente job, dan bedank ek. Dan kan hulle tussenverkiesing hou. Dis ‘n wyk wat hulle kan wen. As hulle wen dan het hulle ‘n volslae meerderheid. Sodra hulle ‘n volslae meerderheid het, het hulle nie meer vir COPE nodig nie.

    “An offer you cannot refuse,” soos die Italiaaners se!

    Slim plan Pastoor!!!

  23. Misteeerijas ways, they say. Misteerijas.

    LED Manager you say? That’s the position recently vacated by the ex-ex-mayor Wildeman’s wife, Tanya, a short while back when she got the job in HR? Hmmmm, could be.

    It is all the Lord’s work of course. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink.

  24. Jaaaaa boet… I believe “pastor” Jonas had been appointed LED Manager yesterday! Can this be true!?

  25. Amaaaaazing! Sometimes it seems every second politician is also a pastor and every second pastor is a politician, or at the very least close to one if not married to one. The good Lord is obviously in favour of the arrangement whereby the filthy lucre of politics is redirected to supporting the pious. Marvellous arrangement.

    I cannot understand why He is discriminating against Jonas in this way considering what He did for his namesake in the past.

    Whatever the reason for this move, there are some interesting possibilities.

    This is nobody’s safe ward.

    If the ANC wins the staus quo remains.

    If the DA wins, COPE’s man, the one who has been a good drinking buddy to the Mayor but a totally unreliable and unpredictable political friend will no longer hold the balance of power and will undoubtedly lose his position as Deputy Mayor the very moment the result is announced. No tears shed, but his.

    But where to for Jonas now that he has ejected himself from the belly of the black, green and gold whale? Even a pastor cannot live on principles.

    Say, as you speculate, it was dancing Blue Angels who seduced young Jonas into this move, they and he must surely have, between verses, have given some discussion to the needs of the flesh too.

    I’m not suggesting black plastic bags or even brown envelopes, just the DA’s normal fall back position of a job in the municipality. Before the ratepayers squeal, remember if the Deputy goes as a result of this you will save a cool R500k per annum on his office staff. And remember too that Jonas’ old position with the municipality is still vacant. A simple welcome-back and re-employment for a valued ex-employee.

    The Lord, as they say, works in mysterious ways….

  26. How stupid is Elaine? I question that, there must be lots, poor girl is she sooo short sighted, does she not see she is being replaced? Not only did she not get the speaker job after all those years of loyalty, she got replaced by a snake in the grass Anno with her concubine Memo.
    Lord help us the DA are replacing the good guys Johann, now Elaine with those who put money and profit before their own people!
    terrible news!

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