Will the DA dump Wessie on Oudtshoorn?
Drewan Baird. Oudtshoorn. 14 August 2013. 07h25. Wessie van der Westhuizen just wants to “come home”, the poor fatigued sod…
Wessie simply wants to avoid the consequences of his atrocious management of Eden.
And the DA seems quite content to dump this useless councillor on Oudtshoorn, having deployed him in Eden with disastrous consequences.
This is the man, at this time, history ignored, in fairness and currency; nowness:
* Hy het sedert 2011 dit nog nie reggekry om die bevindings van die KPMG-Verslag uit te voer nie;
* Die ENS-Verslag bepaal dat hy skuldig is aan bedrog, vervalsing en uitgifte;
* Netstar-data dui op verregaande misbruik van die Eden-burgemeestersvoertuig;
* Die George Lêer-skandaal lees soos ‘n sleg sepie: ‘n Dreigende Van der Westhuizen en vroulief en seun dra sakke vol munisipale lêers weg;
* Hy bied posvlak 5-poste aan om ANC-raadslede vir ondersteuning te vergoed.
Ye gods and faeries, this man a leading councillor in Oudtshoorn!?
To date Oudtshoorn has had the benefit of Wessie’s indolence and absence. If he is not here, he can not cause harm. He was here on May 31, and look what happened.
Since June 6, 2012 there have been 46 duly minuted meetings of the DA/Cope caucus. Councillor Wessie van der Westhuizen attended 14 – fewer than a third.
Van der Westhuizen tended 5 verbal apologies and no written ones.
So unreliable is Van der Westhuizen that the Caucus Chairperson wrote the Federal Chairperson, James Selfe, on April 20, that Van der Westhuizen is not even allocated to a committee.
Wessie owes the caucus money.
The caucus chairperson wrote Selfe: “We had all agreed to make an extra contribution to finance our DA offices and support staff. (Van der Westhuizen) is in arrears with this which places an extra burden on the rest of us. It also caused an embarrassment when (Van der Westhuizen) did not pay his fees for our Regional General Meeting and it had to be paid by the Chairman of the Constituency.”
Van der Westhuizen, on April 20, remained the only caucus member not endorsing the “new caucus rules” and he had not attended the DA’s PDMS workshop.
Van der Westhuizen, so the caucus chairperson wails to Selfe, was assigned “guardian councillor” to one of the Dysselsdorp wards, but he did nothing – to the extend that the branch requested his replacement.
The appeal to Selfe continues: “Some of the councillors have lodged complaints against Mr van der Westhuizen because he made promises to build crechés etc in their wards which did not happen and their own credibility is now at stake.”
Note that the complaints are dated 20 April, only some 4 weeks before Van der Westhuizen led the pathetic failed revolt in council to unseat the elected government with the help of five rogue ANC councillors.
It is incomprehensible that Pierre Nel and Ben van Wyk (temporarily) had been suspended – and rightly so – while Van der Westhuizen continues to roost.
Wessie appears before a disciplinary tribunal on Thursday and Friday.
Will the DA do the right thing?
What is the DA doing about the Oudtshoorn caucus and the Constitutional Court con; the “settlement” in the Pierre Nel v Oudtshoorn Municipality matter?
The DA suspended Ben van Wyk and Pierre Nel; lifted the Van Wyk suspension upon tearful remorse of being conned himself into conning the ratepayers.
But it is clear, from the handwritten “resolution” endorsing the settlement, that all DA councillors were in on the scam. Yet the DA leadership has targeted only Nel.
I have only a velleity of expectation speaking to “DA justice”.
But we’ll see.
And I’ll apologise – right here on O!O – if the DA surprises us.
Unlike the DA attitude, truth be told – Fedex boss James Selfe has to this day not apologised for lying about the buying of the five.
But I have long not had any faith in the DA. Look at May 31. Look at June 25. It’s not so much the hanky panky; it’s the stupidity, the lack of planning, the arrogance, the obstinance, the pig-headedness that gets me.
The pantheons help us.