Bring in the clowns!

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Drewan Baird. Oudtshoorn. 1 June 2013.

08h35. I asked a quite vast number of people to whose local government opinion I trust about yesterday’s council events.

I found not a single, I repeat, not a single opinion that the DA’s action yesterday was lawful.

‘n Metro DA-raadslid het só gereageer: “Die DA het sy naam gat gemaak vandag.”

En toe, na ‘n lang pouse: “It’s actually quite disturbing.”

Die munisipaliteit se media-beampte, dis nogals nie ék, soos die een of ander hond verkondig nie, maar Ntobeko Mangqwegqwe, het gistermiddag laat in ‘n mediaverklaring gesê dat regstappe reeds in aanvang geneem het om die status quo voor die DA se “oorname” te herstel.

Ek het deesdae genoeg ondervinding van onse regstelsel om ten minste te besef dat net ‘n volslae idioot ‘n regter se mening sal voorspel.

En daarmee, gjou onners, weet ek nou nie te sê…

Maar indien die aansoek om die status quo te herstel suksesvol is, gaan daar sommer nog báie water in Oudtshoorn se onstuimige semi-woestynsee loop voordat dorpsbestuur, wat al járre nie bestaan nie, uiteindelik in aanvang kan neem.

Die kaarte is opgestel vir heerlike waarneming:

Om 5! ANC-raadslede – 2 proporsioneel – te gewerf het wys op die DA se “ruim blou hart”, maar bly vir my skreeusnaaks.

Kyk, Luiters, Ruiters, Harmse, Botha, en Goliath tref my nou nie as die soort braaibroers wat hulle maainds aplaai oor politieke ideologie en dienslewering nie.

Ek dink nie hierdie 5 snare weet van die Siriese hoofstad nie en hulle is nog nóóit op daai stuk pad soheentoe, wat deur Paulus bekend gemaak is, gesien nie.

Daarvoor is daar net té veel gerugte van onnoselheid, leuenagtigheid, dagga en drank, en rassehaat onder dié sorrie lotjie.

Onnoselheid verál. Want dié 5 addisionele werkloses (is hulle, DA?) op Oudtshoorn het wrágtag gister die kroon op hulle “wysheid”, soos Luiters graag sy gebrek aan skool beskryf, gespan.

Harmse het darem nog sy priesterskap om op terug te val, maar vroulief se kytering goudmyntjie is nou so toegestop dat Jurie seker vanoggend pimpel en pers is.

En Botha, nou ja, Botha…

Die DA wil nie één van hierdie armse drommels hê nie. Hel, die ANC wou hulle nie eens gehad het nie. (Hou ingedagte, my lankmoedige lesers, dat jors troelie bepaalde NUK-notules onder oë gehad het so ‘n week of vyf, ses gelede.)

Net één vraag bly onbeantwoord: Hoekom?

Hoekom het die 5 bedank?

Ek het bepaalde menings oor die antwoord.

En ek weet ten minste dít: Politieke deals is spectacular deals.

Is so, nè Theuns, Marius, Mcebisi?

Maar die stropie op die roompie op die melktert on die Clemintina van der Walt-koekbordjie is nou dít:

Wessie van der Westhuizen op die verhoog saam met Theuns Botha om te verkondig hoe ‘n verbroude ANC-munisipaliteit deur die DA omgedraai gaan word.

Monty Python is alive and well and living in Eden.

Ye gods and faeries; one of the Princes of Serendip; that broken egg at the feet of all the king’s men; the reindeer of Santa and a pregnant Goldilocks!

Drewan Baird. Oudtshoorn. 31 May 2013.

18h30. The Speaker (John Stoffels, NPP) issued a media statement late afternoon:

The lawful council of Oudtshoorn is continuing the duties entrusted to it by the people of Oudtshoorn and continues to govern the greater Oudtshoorn.

The administration is at full strength and continuing its duties unabatedly.

Alderman Gordon April is the Executive Mayor of the Greater Oudtshoorn; Cllr Vlancio Donson is the Deputy Mayor; and Cllr. John Stoffels is the Speaker.

Mr. Ronnie Lottering is the Acting Municipal Manager assisted by the following directors: Francois Human and Zukiswa Ntile.

The Council will address the illegal action of Democratic Alliance (DA); Congress of the People (COPE) and certain African National Congress (ANC) councillors this morning when they removed the Speaker, Mayor and the Deputy Mayor; appointed an acting Municipal Manager; and suspended all directors.

The necessary legal action is already in progress and Council will ensure that all costs relating to the legal action will be recovered from the rogue councillors in their personal capacities. This action is taken to ensure that the taxpayers will not have to foot the bill of the illegal action of these councillors.

Council will convene a Special Council Meeting on Monday, 03 June 2013 at 08:00 in the Oudtshoorn Municipal Council Chambers to discuss three agenda items:

· Draft Budget 2013/14
· Draft IDP review 2013/14 and
· Appointment of a Municipal Manager.

Noujatóé.

Oudtshoorn is nou nie juis regeer vandag nie. Of gister nie.

Die ANC het dit nie gedoen nie.

Die DA het dit nie gedoen nie.

Nou’s dit weer die DA se beurt.

17h45. Die DA is vanaand breëbors oor vyf ANC-lede wat by die party aangesluit het.

Die nuwe lede is geparadeer en het elkeen ‘n spiets afgesteek.

Hulle is vanaand almal werkloos.

Kyk, ek het sommer heelwat te sê oor dié besigheid.

Maar nou gaan ek eers my dogter se geselskap geniet – sy’s hier vir die naweek.

Moet nou nie sê ék sê so nie, maar hier kom ‘n ding.

Te veel mense wat meer weet as ek en jy is baie rustig oor vandag se DA-aanslag.

Ek wonder.

Ek wonder.

12h45. Alles blyk heel rustig te wees in die munisipaliteit.

Die direkteure is op kantoor.

Die DA het om 13h00 ‘n mediakonferensie in die Pearl Hotel, saam met hulle nuwe lede: Pieter Luiters, Hendrik Botha, proporsionele lede; en Hendrik Ruiters, Jurie Harmse, en Jeremy Goliath, wyksraadslede.

Die DA se gemiddelde IK op Oudtshoorn het pas gestyg?

Welgedaan, DA.

Ai, ek wil die ANC nie aan bewind hê op Oudtshoorn nie; net so min die DA. Vir my verander níks.

11h23. Die nuwe munisipale bestuurder is Corrie Greeff.

Al die direkteure is afgedank.

11h08. Die SAPD en die Sekuriteitsbeamptes wil die saal inkom; hulle word geweier.

Die raad se kommunikasie-beampte word uitgeroep.

Van der Westhuizen prys die 5 raadslede wat hulle werk bedank het en bereid is om tussen-verkiesings te veg.

Pierre Nel (DA) maak kapsie teen die poging van die SAPD om die saal te wou binnekom.

Jac Bekker verduidelik aan die SAPD bevelvoerder op die toneel dat April nie meer burgemeester is nie en dat hy nie die SAPD kan opdrag gee om die raadsaal te ontruim nie. Hy probeer gnl Lamoer in die hande kry.

Die nuwe onderburgemeester is Felicity Magxaka.

10h52. Chris MacPherson neem leiding in ‘n voortsetting van die vergadering.

‘n Mosie van wantroue in die Speaker word eenparig aanvaar.

MacPherson word die nuwe speaker.

‘n Mosie van wantroue word teen die burgemeester ingestel.

Ben van Wyk word die nuwe burgemeester.

Van Wyk maak ‘n kort toespraak.
Hy wy die raad toe aan stabiliteit en dienslewering.

Luiters wens die nuwe burgemeester geluk. Die raad kan nie toelaat dat daar verder gemors word nie.

“Ons is nie meer ANC nie!”, sê hy, onder groot toejuiging uit die gallery.

10h42. Die ANC-lede keer terug. Die burgemeester val Luiters aan en Luiters kap terug.

Die wederstrewige ANC-lede is Pieter Luiters, Hendrik Botha, proporsionele lede; and Hendrik Ruiters, Jurie Harmse, en Jeremy Goliath, wyksraadslede.

Die Speaker verdaag die raad weer.

Die plaaslike DA-leierskap, Jac Bekker en Jaco Londt is ook teenwoordig.

10h24. Die mosie kan ongelukkig nie dringend wees op grond van inligting wat reeds twee jaar beskikbaar sou wees nie.

Dringendheid is nie ter sprake nie.

Pieter Luiters (ANC) supports Van der Westhuizen’s proposal and suggests the motion be tabled and tested in court.

Vlancio Donson (Icosa) asks for the 7 day ruling to be honoured.

Chris MacPherson (DA) wants the council to vote on whether the motion should be considered or not.

The Speaker rules that the motion will not be considered.

A member of the public is removed from the gallery for interrupting.

MacPherson insists that the motion be tabled and voted.

Luiters accuses the Speaker of not being democratic. He wants the motion voted and then tested in court.

The Speaker refuses the motion and closes the meeting.

10h10. Wessie van der Westhuizen proposes an urgent motion to replace the Speaker because the council has lost confidence in him.

So they start there…

And guess what!?

The ANC calls a caucus!

10h08. Meeting kicks off with a pasionate prayer and many amens and utterances from the gallery.

09h06. The outcome of this morning’s council meeting will in all probability be adumbrated by absentee members.

If the ANC is at full strength, fewer surprises will present themselves than if there are absent ANC members.

Possible absentees…

Jurie Harmse; Phillip Goliath; Hendrik Ruiters.

Theuns Botha is wel op Oudtshoorn; Anton Bredell nié.

08h30. O!O has learned that Theuns Botha has caucussed with the DA and will in all probability be present at today’s council meeting.

There was an earlier rumour that Anton Bredell too is in Oudtshoorn.

07h00. Will Gordon April resign!?

Will the DA take over!?

Will Jurie Harmse turn!?

Will Hendrik Ruiters defect!?

Will Hendrik Botha cut and run!?

How does one know there’s an Oudtshoorn council meeting due?

The rumour mill blows dark smoke, like some bearing is bust.

The DA will take over, don’t you know!?

It’s never, but never – it is never about decisions pending to improve service delivery in Oudtshoorn. It is always about party politics and politicians seeking personal gain and improving the gain already secured.

It is sickening!

Enough already!

Here’s the current deal.

Icosa is peeved at the ANC because the ANC sided with the DA in Kannaland yesterday to scuttle the Icosa budget.

So yesterday, after the ANC caucus meeting, young Donson, Vlancio, raced to Ladismith to consult his child rapist daddy Jeffrey on what he, Vlancio, should do today.

The phone lines to Cape Town lit up as the DA, the ANC, and the NPP sought instruction on how to manage self interest in Oudtshoorn during today’s council meeting.

There is a budget to approve today.

There is and IDP to approve today.

There is a municipal manager to appoint today.

But the main councillor concern for today is who will get the prime gravy train seats.

Ye gods and faeries, what a pathetic lot of losers!

The DA caucus chair, and DA mayor of Eden, Wessie van der Westhuizen, is running a campaign to secure DA control of Oudtshoorn.

Wat jy waa’ kry, Drewan!? Issiesonie!

Yeah. Right.

The Pope is Jewish.

Because Wessie is loyal to the DA?

No.

Because Wessie is loyal to Wessie.

O, the DA will have some benefit, to be ssure. Incidental.

See, Wessie needs to escape the Eden problems, because his own party, the virginal DA (hymen restored every hour at the bottom of the hour) is split in Eden: Those who want to sack Wessie and those who want to keep Wessie – all for personal gain, mind; nothing to do with the people of Eden.

How does Wessie escape Eden?

By becoming Oudtshoorn’s mayor.

How does Wessie become Oudtshoorn’s mayor?

By forcing at least one by-election… and having the DA win it.

So, Wessie is fixing for up to three ANC defections: Harmse, and his two useless Mayco tag alongs, the Hendrik Hustlers, Botha and Ruiters.

The Van der Westhuizen residence has become a veritable political cat house complete with swing doors installed to manage the coming and going soi disant wannabee kingmakers.

Wards 5, 6, and 13.

I think the ANC should keep 5 and 6 and there will be hell to pay in 13.

Then again, the NPP has made huge strides in Ward 5, where ANC Whip Pieter Luiters lost control of the political dynamic.

ANC insiders tell me that Luiters is seen as a dividing force.

And Sonja Biljohn – remember Sonja Biljohn!? Huge political support base. And she ain’t DA no more, mates.

Will certain ANC councillors resign?

Possible. Not probable.

Why jump off the gravy train?

But who the hell knows how a councillor thinks?

Thinks!?

Ye gods and faeries and all prating animals of the tarradiddle canon.

Hey, you useless lot! Run Oudtshoorn!

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9 thoughts on “Bring in the clowns!

  1. On 29 July 2013, in the reportable case 41251/2013 in the Gauteng High Court, Judge NB Tuchten said and ruled as follows:

    “ 57. It remains only to address the question of costs. The litigants before me are all, to one degree or another, playing political games. This does not mean that they are acting unlawfully, it is in my judgment the duty of the opposition in every sphere of government to seek by legitimate constitutional means to embarrass the government of the day and exploit its divisions. It is entirely justifiable for government members to seek to resist similarly by legitimate constitutional means the attempts of opposition members to discomfort them. Political game playing is messy, unedifying and within a local government context distracts the game players from their stern duty to deploy the resources under their political control to build local communities and supply them with resources so that the members of such communities may live dignified, fulfilled lives. But it is an essential part of the democratic process and of course the court must pronounce in a proper case when called upon to do so upon who has won and who has lost the contest.”

    “58. But in my view public money should not be used to resolve a political dispute and should not, in a local government context, be diverted from its proper purpose of building communities and supplying them with resources. The courts have wide powers to regulate the that no public money (which does not include the resources of political parties themselves) should be used to pay the fees or disbursements of the legal representatives employed in this litigation. To ensure that my order is effective I shall impose a positive duty upon each of the legal representatives to satisfy herself that the remuneration she receives has not come from public funds.”

    “59. I make the following order:

    7. The costs of both the application and the counter application are to be paid by the first and second respondents, jointly and severally provided however:

    7,1 The Tlokwe City Council the first respondent is hereby interdicted from using any of its funds for the purposes of paying any costs, fees, or disbursements arising from the application, whether the liability for such costs fees or disbursements arises as between party and party or as between attorney and own client or otherwise.

    7.2 No public funds be utilised by any of the parties to this application for the purpose of paying any costs, fees or disbursements arising from this application whether the liability for costs fees or disbursements arises as between party and party or as between attorney and own client or otherwise.

    7.3 No legal representative of any of the parties to this case may accept payment from public funds of any costs, fees or disbursements arising from this application, whether the liability for such costs, fees or disbursements arises between party and party or as between attorney and own client or otherwise and there is cast upon every such legal representative a positive duty to establish that any payment tendered for such payment does not emanate from public funds.

    7.4. For avoidance of doubt it is declared that the term “public funds” as used in this paragraph does not include the resources of any political party.”

    As we all know, this related to the putsch in Potch, where the DA got it right and “overthrew” the incumbent ANC council when the latter did not turn up for a properly constituted meeting where a motion of no confidence in the mayor was actually on the agenda. The ANC mayor and Mayco refused to accept the outcome.

    The finding and judgment as to costs when politicians play party political games as is occurring in Oudtshoorn at present should be a caution to the councillors and their legal representatives whether they are in the right or in the wrong, they can be made to pay personally.

    Perhaps when the Oudtshoorn matter goes to court the ratepayers’ associations, business chamber etc should ensure that the Court is made aware of this judgment. “If you play, you pay.”

  2. Donner!Die DA is mos nie ‘n micky mouse partytjie nie. Waars al daai slim wit mense veral die Engelse wat die klomp kan (Theunsie ingesluit) kan adviseur? Dit klink vir my dat Ou Theunsie en Wessie agter hierdie fokop pooging sit. Wessie I am watching you!

  3. Hello Tony, slaap jy, droom jy
    Just go outside, look up to the stars, sorry I believe there is a cold front…….I believe
    Seriously now, what do expect from the political clowns.
    My broertjie, al uitweg is, sorg dat jy na jouself kan kyk
    Ek is 6000 km weg en kyk uit n ander hoek na die hele blyspel, al wat ek kan se is sterkte……..
    Ek het meer sentimente oor die aangeleentheid as wat julle dink…..
    Ek wil huil van magteloosheid………….en julle gaan ook so voel.
    Groetnis
    Asterix

  4. lets hope DA GAAN DINGE REG MAAK HIER IN OUDTSHOORN VIVA MRS MAGXAKA VIVA LETS SEE WAT GAAN SY DOEN EK BELOWE SY GAAN CHANGES BRING HER IN OUR TOWN

  5. @ Investigative Public….

    WAKE UP CITIZENS, you are already suffering the consequences !!

    I’m not trying to be funny but what does this mean, exactly. If its a biblical prophecy kinda thing then its a little like shouting down ones sleeve.

    If on the other hand you would like to be apart of the solution. contact Drewan on lets get working (see my earlier post)

    t

  6. You have said it all OO, and yet the public sleeps with Oudshoorn going to the DOGS !!

    Maybe Theunsie wil get the same treatment old Fransman deservingly got the other day

    In the meantime the rape and pillage of Oudshoorn continues unabatedly and ‘Handjiesvou” Bredell sits in Cape Town doing absolutely NOTHING with the SIU report ‘unread and unattended to, as sooooo many other things !

    Talk about Zille’s “Mediocre White Men Brigade”, even that in itself is a compliment too much

    WAKE UP CITIZENS, you are already suffering the consequinces !!

  7. It’s never, but never – it is never about decisions pending to improve service delivery in Oudtshoorn. It is always about party politics and politicians seeking personal gain and improving the gain already secured.

    YES – FINALLY, SOMEONE IS SEEING THE LIGHT! (it must be chanuchah, again)*

    I have been shouting this for a very long time. Forget the politics, the people and who all else that does not have to do with service delivery. Why?

    Simple.
    We have 3 municipal acts that tell you how to run a frigin municipality and it aint rocket science!
    We have 4 actors, mm, cfo, speaker and mayor and they all have jobs to do.
    We need to get “THEM” to know that “WE” know what “THEY” have to do

    ————————- HERE’S THE THING —————————————

    We need to remove the glory and the covetous positions which these have become and restore the positions of CFO, MM, MAYOR and SPEAKER to the responsible position which they truly are.

    We really should NOT concern ourselves with who the actors are, what their qualifications are, what political party they represent or their past (Drewan’s favorite battle cry “CHILD RAPIST”- yes we know donson’s past, but the court has spoken so we need to move on.)

    And WHY should we NOT care about these things??

    Simple.
    Because if its not a “j” donson, it will be a “v” donson and if its not a donson it will be some one else, from another party, competent or not, a crook or not, anything or not! and we, as the “people” have no power over that side of things. (the bright side of democracy.)

    But (and I hate to quote Hitler, but here goes. How do you defeat democracy? With democracy. (stupid)

    ———————————SO WHAT SHOULD WE DO TO? —————————————-

    We should look to performance, compliance and delivery AND THE ACTS (municipal Systems, Structures and Finance Act)

    If they deliver on their mandate – FANTASTIC! that’s all they need to do.

    If they do NOT deliver…

    ————————–HERE’S THE PLAN ————————-

    We bury them, in so much extra work that (make no mistake, It will work – Chinese water torture comes to mind) through a process of attrition, as a result of their incompetence, inability, whatever, they will eventually decide that there are easier ways to earn a living and resign. Period!

    ————————— AND THIS IS HOW IT WILL PLAY OUT ————————————-

    Initially yes, we will be playing catch up to their games, but eventually we will run the municipality and “they”, as functionaries will just be doing their job. That’s IT, SIMPLE!

    —————————– SOME GROUND RULES HERE ———————————————

    We need to be VERY CLEAR about the following.

    1.NOT to align with ANY political party.
    2. NOT to be for or against ANY person.
    3. NOT to hide behind the courts (because it simply does not work, it consumes ratepayers money and besides the fact that “THEY” can hold things up in court for ever using “OUR” money to fight “US” (which makes a lot of sense, doesn’t it?)

    THERE YOU HAVE IT. by the lighting of 8 candles over 8 days in commemoration of the roman destruction of the temple and the little jar of olive oil that was found and which, miraculously burnt for 8 days until new olive oil could be pressed to keep the eternal flame burning.

    +mine
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