Drewan Baird. Oudtshoorn. 1 September 2013. 10h45. The Political Ice Age that started on May 31, when a feckless DA caucus failed spectacularly to take over the Council and Oudtshoorn’s government, is set to continue after Wednesday’s Council Meeting… if the DA gains a majority.
O!O suspects that a DA-led take-over on Wednesday will result in immediate Provincial intervention: Administration.
As soon as Wednesday’s Council Meeting is done, Pierre Nel and Wessie van der Westhuizen will, in all probability, be history. And two proportional Councillors, probably Ewa Fortuin and Felicity Magxaka, will be replaced by two of the May 31 Apostate Five who have been conned into believing the DA actually wants ‘em. With Wessie gone, if Aunty Patricia allows Godzille to control her own, there may even be room for three of the horrible five.
The DA leadership can ill afford to have the current Caucus run Oudtshoorn. This lot couldn’t be trusted with running a bath. And I happen to know that Helen Zille and her closest advisors realise this to be a fact.
Let’s have a quick look:
Caucus Chair Wessie van der Westhuizen is said to have been found guilty, by an Eden tribunal, on 5 counts of conduct unbecoming, to be confirmed this Friday next. And he faces criminal complaints of fraud, forgery and uttering – not filed by any DA functionary, to be noted.
Spokesperson Chris MacPherson was reported to the Hawks last week under section 173(5)(f)(i) of the MFMA.
New DA Councillor Jurie Harmse faces grave complaints of contravening Section 4(1)(a)(i)(aa) and / or 4(1)(a) (ii)(aa) and / or 4(1)(a)(iii) and / or 4(1)(a)(iv) read with Sections 1, 4(2), 24, 25, 26(1)(a)(ii) and 26(3) of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, No. 12 of 2004: Corrupt Activity relating to Public Officers; and of Section 3(a)(i)(aa) and / or 3(a)(ii)(aa) and / or 3(a)(iii) and / or 3(a)(iv) read with Sections 1, 24, 25, 26(1)(a)(ii) and 26(3): Corruption.
The party membership of Councillor Pierre Nel remains suspended at this time – but he is still a “Councillor”: The DA, think about this, regards Nel to be not good enough for the DA, but quite good enough for Oudtshoorn. The arrogance is discombobulating; the contempt horrifying.
Spurious “Mayor Elect”, a la May 31, Ben van Wyk, also had his membership suspended, but was reinstated when he whined to the leadership that he himself was conned into believing that he was indeed the “Mayor” of a Council controlled by the DA… and the DA Leadership, astonishingly, bought this rhubarb. As the DA Leadership bought Van der Westhuizen’s “conspiracy against poor me” codswallop.
Every DA Caucus member is implicated in the fraudulent “Constitutional Court Settlement” in the Pierre Nel v Oudtshoorn Municipality matter. (It must be said that ward 7 Councillor Peter Roberts was, by all indications, not party to the con, which means that only 10 Councillors could have “approved” the con, as Nel, being a party to the settlement surely could not have voted on the motion, making a mockery of the so-called “majority of Councillors decision” lamely proposed by the perpetrators as justification for their diddle.)
Trust this lot to run Oudtshoorn?
Apparently the wiser DA heads justifiably do not think so. Therefore administration seems to be the face-saving strategy should the DA indeed prove to muster a majority on Wednesday.
Personally, I would not trust the DA Caucus with a lunch order for one from a vanilla pancake stall.
In the three months the DA was NOT in control of the Council since May 31, the DA conned ratepayers into believing that the DA did, in fact, take control on May 31; attempted to swindle ratepaters out of millions in legal costs awarded to the municipality by both the Western Cape High Court – twice, and the Supreme Court of Appeal; and embarrassingly failed to get its divided political house in order for the soonest Council Meeting after the August 7 by-elections.
Yet in all three cases the DA did, in fact, succeed in convincing a fleeceable media that the virginal DA’s political maidenhead was securely inviolate.
If you can’t win, you can always get the media to pronounce you the winner, I guess. And if there is enough dewy-eyed ratepayers around…
Oudtshoorn is in trouble.
And there is a probability that Oudtshoorn may be tipped out of the frying pan and into the fire on Wednesday.
The pantheons help us.
O, yeah, there is non in no pantheon.
Whimper. Mewl. Pule. Wail.
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