ANC WCape condemns DA’s power grab in Oudtshoorn

Songezo Mjongile says DA been actively orchestrating chaos for weeks

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Drewan Baird. Oudtshoorn. 00 June 2013. 22h35. ANC Western Cape provincial secretary Songezo Mjongile condemns the “orchestrated power grab” by the DA in Oudtshoorn.

The ANC in the Western Cape says it is now clear who was all along behind the orchestrated destabilisation of Oudtshoorn municipality and an earlier attempted mob attack on its ANC provincial leader Marius Fransman a few weeks ago.

The ANC also notes that the DA has expediently and summarily welcomed with open arms certain individuals who were behind poor service delivery, maladministration, nepotism and illegal appointments in Oudtshoorn and paraded them for the media as gains.

This so-called defection followed hot on the heels of the ANC’s intervention to root out corruptive actions and interference in the operations of the administration.

It is abundantly clear that the power-hungry DA is behind the instability and has been actively orchestrating or planning the chaos for weeks to take control by stealth. The DA must come clean and take responsibility for what its real role was, especially that played by DA health MEC Theunsie Botha.

ANC Western Cape secretary Songezo Mjongile says: “The ANC is relieved with the defection of councillors who were at the centre of instability in the municipality and who jumped because they faced the consequences of their actions. Their opportunism has led them into the DA’s welcoming arms for shelter, which could be described as good riddance.

“The restructuring of the municipality was inevitable as they lacked the nerve and patience to follow due process. The ANC contends that the meeting was already adjourned when the shenanigans took place. It was merely a DA caucus with runaways.

“The ANC is already preparing for by-elections in Oudtshoorn to win the affected wards as well as to restore the dignity and standing of the ANC in the community.”

Statement issued by Songezo Mjongile, ANC Western Cape provincial secretary, May 31 2013

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11 thoughts on “ANC WCape condemns DA’s power grab in Oudtshoorn

  1. and let me end off by saying that Im sitting at my desk, stroking my plump sausage dog who is comfortably positioned on my lap, lapping up all the love, comfort and warmth she can, on this cold, dark night.

  2. to joshcon. The point, Precisely . Problem is they get away with so much more than we even know about and as you so rightly say, we allow it, a lesson I learnt very early on in life (remind me to tell you the story when we meet) that we let people behave the way they do, by not putting a stop to it! Simple.

    At base, this is how I read it. Many, in fact the majority are complacent and against that, there isnt so much of a remedy, just the knowledge that those are the people who will follow when they see results. Then, there are those who would be active provided they could be convinced of a course of action and then, there are those who just GET IT and DO IT!

    It is my contention that the vast majority (and here’s the curious part) that even amongst the so called ‘leaders’ are those who in reality actually belong to the first group, but who unwittingly have found themselves thrust into positions of so called leadership, not so much because they are leaders but simply because, as the saying goes, “in the land of the blind, the one eye is KING”.

    Now provided you agree and are willing to take this argument to its next logical step, you must recognize that to break these leaders doesn’t require any great amount of skill or intellect. All it requires is that one understands and knows their weakness and that one structure a course of action which exploits the very essence of their weakness and believe me when I say, that it’s easier done than said. (I pondered over this sentence for a full fifteen minutes. I was able to identify their weakness in less than one council meeting). Go Figure. t

  3. thanks Pletty, I asked for reasons and I got It (in spades, thanks) but don’t you think the ANC could provide a similar document. Not wanting to be argumentative, seriously what I meant to highlight is perhaps the futility of politics within the context of local municipal matters. As I see it, sure if the Germany Socialist Party had of got in and not the German Nationalist Party things would have been different, my point being that, yes, while I agree that the DA present an alternative, IMHO, at the local municipal level, its the competence of the municipal actors that counts and irrespective of which political party they represent, they are bound be the same three municipal Structures, Finance and Systems Act and failure to perform is meted out in equal measure regardless of affiliation. So my question remains.

    Don’t you think perhaps that if as citizens, we were really serious about service delivery, accountability, transparency (and all the other buzz words that are being thrown about these days) but which carry with them the very principals by which democracy can and should be promoted, that we, as citizens of South Africa, Oudtshoorn or any other other municipality for that matter, should take it upon ourselves to make governance an ongoing effort rather than a once in four year event and concern ourselves with issues of day to day governance at the most fundamental level. That being, to establish committees, specifically mandated from within, who’s task it should be to pro-actively monitor the mm, cfo, speaker and mayor (whomever they are) to ensure that they move within the boundaries of the three municipal acts and not an inch beyond.

    At this point, I’m going to assume you agree with me on some points in principal (at least) and are wondering how exactly one might hope to achieve such ends. Well, Drewan and I have a plan for just such a thing, which, if you are interested, it would be our pleasure to present to anyone who is interested. just let us know.

    Regards
    tony

  4. Songezo is a liar. He is one of those who was behind the appointments of the five on the Mayco. They used the five to employ people who are alligned to the Songezo faction in the Western Cape ANC. Sooner or later the five will sing like canaries. HKGK! Wessie I am watching you!

  5. Tony. Perhaps reading the Code of Conduct below will make it a bit clearer.

    “DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE

    CODE FOR PUBLIC REPRESENTATIVES

    1. General Provisions

    1.1 The Nature of Public Representation

    The role of Democratic Alliance Public Representatives is central to the success and growth of the Party. Public representatives are the standard bearers of the DA. They represent the Party in every aspect of public life, and in important respects, the Party is judged by their conduct and performance. They are leading activists of the Party and are expected to demonstrate leadership, knowledge and judgement.

    1.2 Accountability

    In Parliament, the Legislatures and the Councils, public representatives are accountable to the relevant caucus leader.

    Outside of Parliament, the Legislatures and the Councils, public representatives are accountable to the Provincial Leaders and, where appropriate, Regional Chairpersons.

    1.3 Probity

    The Party requires its public representatives to maintain the highest standards of ethical behaviour, and any incidence of corruption, fraud, improper inducement, nepotism, dishonesty or similar offence on the part of any public representative will lead to disciplinary action.

    Public representatives must comply with guidelines regarding accepting sponsorships, entertainment, travel, gratuities or any other financial reward, and must discuss the offer of any of the above with their caucus leader before they are accepted.

    Public representatives are required to observe and comply with any codes of conduct prescribed in law or by the rules of the House of Council.

    2. Duties in Parliament, the Legislature and Councils

    2.1 Attendance

    Public representatives of the Democratic Alliance are elected to represent their voters and the Party in Parliament, the Provincial Legislatures or Municipal Councils. Therefore, the Party expects its public representatives to be present at meetings of the House, Council or committees of which they are members regularly, and to participate in the proceedings of the House, Council or committee when:

    a) matters relating to the member’s portfolio are discussed;

    b) matters relating to the member’s constituency or ward are discussed;

    c) requested to do so by the caucus leader, the whips or the caucus;

    d) it is necessary to defend or promote the Party.

    When members are unable to attend meetings of the House, Council or committee, they are expected to apply for leave of absence, in the required way, from the House, Council or Committee, as well as from the whip.

    2.2 Subject knowledge and preparation

    When participating in the proceedings of a House or Council or committee, members are expected to have done an appropriate amount of preparation to be able to participate in a way that reflects to the credit of themselves and the Party.

    Public representatives who are allocated a portfolio or office, or who represent the Party on a committee of the House or Council, are expected within a reasonable time to master issues relevant to the area of public policy so as to be able to articulate the Party’s views on that subject effectively.

    In the process of mastering the issues relevant to their area of public policy, public representatives must establish contact with networks, professional associations, faculties and institutes which deal with this area. Moreover, public representatives should attend presentations, seminars and conferences on relevant issues as often as possible.

    2.3 Voting and Discipline

    When participating in the proceedings of a House, Council or committee, all public representatives are subject to caucus and/or Party discipline. Members are required to defend their colleagues, to promote party policy and to participate in voting in ways that have been decided by the relevant caucus in accordance with policies set by decision-making structures within the party.

    2.4 Opportunities in the House or Council

    Public representatives are expected to make full use of debating and question opportunities in the House, Council or committee in a way which promotes the image of the Party and the interests of our voters.

    2.5 Adherence to Party Manifestos

    Public representatives must fulfill undertakings made to the voters at election times and may be required to account to relevant Party decision-making structures on progress made towards implementing such undertakings.

    2.6 Collegiality and confidentiality

    Public representatives are expected to defend and support their colleagues. They are bound by caucus confidentiality, and may not without authorization disclose any information about caucus discussions or decisions.

    2.7 Profile

    Members are expected to be aware of the need to project what they do to the public media. In this respect, they are expected to build up good working relationships with representatives of the media, to issue statements, to respond promptly to enquiries from the media, and to write letters and opinion pieces for publication.

    3. Duties in Constituencies

    3.1 Introduction

    In terms of the current electoral system MP’s and MPL’s and some councillors are elected from lists submitted by the Party. In due course, the Party allocates to these public representatives geographic areas for which they are responsible. These areas differ vastly in size, number of voters, number of DA voters and varying demands on the public representative from the electorate. Moreover, some DA public representatives shoulder different workloads as a direct result of the portfolios they occupy or of the elected office they hold.

    For all these reasons, the duties of public representative in constituencies will be negotiated between each representative and his or her Regional Chairperson or Provincial Leader on an individual basis. These duties must be recorded in an undertaking, a copy of which must be given to the relevant Chief Whip.

    This undertaking will cover at least the following:

    • frequency of visits to the constituency/ward(s)
    • frequency of attendance at branch, regional and provincial meetings
    • number of constituency and report-back meetings which he or she will attend and/or address
    • frequency of the public representative’s own personal availability in the ward or constituency
    • fundraising targets
    • membership and/or branch formation targets.

    With the framework of such an individual undertaking, public representatives must strive to achieve the following objectives:

    3.2 Growth of the Party

    Public representatives are expected to work to ensure the growth of the Party in their branch, region and province, and will be expected to fulfill reasonable requests with this in mind. These requests may include:

    • being required to work in elections and by-elections;
    • to solicit funds;
    • to represent the Party at meetings or forums;
    • to address or attend public meetings and meetings of the Party;
    • to be present at street tables or to canvass voters;
    • establishing and meeting membership recruitment targets.

    Fulfilling these functions may involve travel and other expenses, which the Party may not be able to reimburse.

    3.3 Establishment of effective structures

    Public representatives are expected to play a leading role in establishing, supporting, guiding or rejuvenating effective branch structures throughout their constituencies or branches. They should attend branch meetings as often as practically possible. At such meetings, public representatives should provide information and leadership.

    3.4 Public Profile

    Public representatives are expected at all times to defend and promote the interests of the Party, and to propagate the Party’s policy and standpoints when appropriate. Any action or statement by a public representative which brings the good name of the Party into disrepute will be viewed in a very serious light.

    3.5 Relationship with organs of civil society

    Public representatives must attempt to establish positive relationships with all organs of civil society (eg schools, police forums, ratepayers and civic associations, NGO’s, local councils, hospitals, welfare organizations, environmental organizations, etc) in their constituency or ward.

    3.6 Availability and Responsiveness

    Public representatives are expected to communicate with other members of the Party and with members of the public when they are contacted, and are expected to deal expeditiously and courteously with enquiries from voters. Public representatives are expected at very least to acknowledge receipts of voters’ enquiries and to refer these, where appropriate to the correct organ of government.

    Public representatives must be contactable by both the public and the Party and must lodge their telephone contact details with their Regional and/or Provincial Office.

    Public representatives are also expected to attend meetings within their constituency or ward to which they have been invited in their official capacities or which it is necessary for them to attend to enable them to carry out their duties.

    Public representatives are expected, in cooperation with provincial or regional structures and to the extent that resources permit, to assist in the establishment of constituency offices or contact points. Public representatives are expected to be available at such offices or contact points at advertised times or by arrangement to attend to voter enquiries.

    3.7 Media Profile

    Public representatives are expected to establish contact with the local media operating in their constituency or ward, and should monitor such publications and contribute articles or letters to them.

    3.8 Issue identification

    Public representatives are expected to be familiar with issues and controversies in their constituencies or wards, and must be available to take these issues up in the House or Council. Where appropriate, they should refer matters to other public representatives in other spheres of government.

    3.9 Expanding support for the Party

    Public representatives need to give special attention to building the Party’s profile in communities that have hitherto not supported it. They need especially to establish ongoing relationships with leadership figures in all communities, to get involved in community projects and to build trust in the Party.

    4. Duties of the Party

    4.1 The Party will take reasonable steps to mentor and assist public representatives in the performance of their duties. In particular the Party, will, within its means, provide training for public representatives.

    4.2 Where training is provided, public representatives are expected to attend and to participate actively.

    5. Duties towards the Democratic Alliance

    5.1 Public Profile

    It is the duty of all public representatives to build the profile of the Party, and to defend and promote its interests at all times. All public representatives are expected to act in a way that promotes and advances the Party. Conversely, any action by a public representative that harms the Party will be viewed in a very serious light.

    5.2 Fundraising

    Public representatives are expected to donate personally and regularly to the Party by way of a fixed percentage of the salary or allowance. The level of donation may vary depending on the office held and the representative’s personal circumstances. The Federal Council will establish minimum levels of donations expected of all public representatives, but Provinces and regions may increase this amount. A public representative will only be able to donate less than this amount if he or she negotiates a special dispensation with the Province or Region. No incumbent public representative will be permitted to stand as a candidate for the Party in future elections, if he or she has outstanding contributions to the Party.

    Moreover, public representatives are expected to raise money from donors and to meet fundraising targets set by the Party.

    5.3 Attendance at meetings of the Party

    Public representatives are required to attend meetings of the Federal Congress, Federal Council, Provincial Congress, Provincial and/or Regional Council if they are members of these bodies. Public Representatives, irrespective of their sphere of government, who are elected to serve on Party bodies or committees, will themselves be expected to finance travel and accommodation costs relating to attendance at meetings of such bodies or committees.

    Public representatives are accountable to Party structures within their branches, regions and provinces, and may be expected to report in person to these structures on their activities within the Council or House of which they are members.

    6. Employment outside Politics

    6.1 Holding office as a MP, MPL or a full-time councillor should be regarded as a full-time or virtually full-time commitment. MP’s, MPL’s or full-time councilors who have another profession or occupation are expected to disclose this fully and may pursue this profession or occupation only after permission has been obtained from the national leader, the relevant provincial leader, the chairperson of the Federal Council and the relevant whip. Such permission may be withdrawn after the holding of an enquiry should the MP, MPL or full-time councillor not be able to fulfill his or her representational or political duties to the reasonable satisfaction of the whip, in which event the MP, MPL or full-time councillor will be required to choose between remaining an MP/MPL or pursuing his or her other profession or occupation.

    6.2 The position of part-time municipal councillors is obviously different. However the time-consuming nature of a political career, as well as the specific expectations contained in this document need to be pointed out to aspirant candidates before selection.

    7. Enforcement of the Code

    7.1 This code encapsulates and codifies the “duties or responsibilities” and “standards” thereof referred to in clause 2.5.4.1 of the Constitution of the DA. It is applicable to all public representatives of the Democratic Alliance and failure to adhere to it could result in disciplinary steps being taken against a public representative in the manner provided for in the Constitution of the DA.

    7.2 Each caucus leader, after consultation with the provincial and regional chairperson, will establish a system of assessment whereby the key result areas identified in this code will be assessed. The results of these assessments will be made available to electoral colleges.

  6. Tony – because we have allowed them to do it. They have become so used to it that they feel entitled. Councilors should be accountable to their communities, but ours dance political tunes.

  7. AN OPEN APPEAL.

    Can someone, anyone, (especially if you think the answer is obvious) please explain to me why politics at this level trumps service delivery. maybe there’s something I’m not getting.

  8. AN OPEN APPEAL.

    Can someone, anyone, please (and you can be as blunt as you want) explain to me why politics at this level trumps service delivery. maybe there’s something I’m not getting.

  9. Mjongile, your utter silence about Allecats accusation made me too laugh so loud, even the neighbours 7 kilometers away can hear me. Hope you have spare cash to pay your own legal reps on Monday.

    Let the games begin with those by elections and lets see if any of these non-delivery parties can persuade the sick and tired voters

  10. Does Mjongile really believe what he has written? I`m laughing so loud the neighbours are worried. What was the reason for adjourning the meeting in the first place when the agenda items had not been attended to?

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