The suspensions revoked
Drewan Baird. Oudtshoorn. 24 August 2013. 06h45. Will the DA act against Chris MacPherson, Ben van Wyk, Pierre Nel and Jurie Harmse?
MacPherson, Nel and Harmse were suspended as councillors with immediate effect Wednesday because they were interfering with an ongoing investigation into the fraudulent settlement in the Pierre Nel v Oudtshoon Municipality matter.
The suspension of Harmse is a grave matter of particular concern as serious accusations of bribery and corruption, over many years, against Harmse have been brought to the speaker’s attention.
The speaker explained that he sought legal advice before suspending the councilors and was satisfied that he acted within his rights in executing his duties to enforce and protect investigations relating to violations of the Code of Conduct.
In revoking the suspensions yesterday, the speaker said that he hoped the DA and MEC Anton Bredell would act against the councilors.
O!O is convinced the speaker will be disappointed.
I give you a single, damning, argument against the DA acting: Wessie van der Westhuizen.
Oudtshoorn acting municipal manager, as nobody in the Eden structures acted, filed criminal complaints of fraud, forgery and uttering against Van der Westhuizen on Wednesday.
Docket CAS 603/08/2013 (George) is being investigated by the DPCI: Commercial Crime Unit.
“Clean Government” and “DA”: Mutually exclusive terms.
Drewan Baird. Oudtshoorn. 23 August 2013. 17h45. In light of Mr Justice Burton Fourie’s cost finding this morning in the matter Die Waghond v Oudtshoorn Municipality, cautioning parties mired in the interminable Oudtshoorn political Drogheda* to serve the people above all else, the speaker, just after 15h00 this afternoon, revoked the suspensions of alderman Pierre Nel, and councillors Ben van Wyk, Chris MacPherson and Jurie Harmse in order to avoid additional legal expense.
So the speaker, John Stoffels, told O!O from Stellenbosch where he was attending a speakers’ forum.
The political theatre basined by the majestic Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains is strained beyond even the imagination of seasoned actors.
I can only hope, with most of my longsuffering readers, that order and stability will be restored soon.
What with the doingses of individual councillors and caucuses alike, extreme care is demanded if Oudtshoorn is to survive the current perfect political storm.
The solution will require invasive tactic. Canker can only be cut out or irradiated; it can not be healed by supplication.
The pantheons will not rush to our aid.
What is demanded are intelligence, gumption, mettle, and bottle.
And here’s an opinion, summat I am never loath to give: It can continue not as it was before May 31; it can not be trusted to those of whom 10 have conspired to diddle us… those who by recurred bêtise faltered along.
We need a new order.
And I am convinced that such new order is about to be birthed.
* Captured by Oliver Cromwell in 1649, butchering the Catholic inhabitants.