This is quite unbelievable
Drewan Baird. Oudtshoorn. 21 September 2013. 07h45. The outrageous political mismanagement of what should have been a swift, painless Council take-over on May 31 has become a mortifying humiliation to the DA.
The DA failed to see the ANC coming – each and every time.
Remember how the ANC took over control of the Council in August 2010?
Attorney Hardy Mills was the architect of the 2010 take-over and he is also the commander of our own local Vo Nguyen Giap (1).
On August 10, 2010 Mills showed exactly how to take over a Council. All the DA had to do was to emulate the example. The DA could not even copy a success, let alone make one.
I personally warned DA Eden Councillor Johann Koegelenberg on May 31, as Wessie van der Westhuizen was introducing that fateful vote of no confidence in the Speaker, that the DA’s strategy would not only fail, but have dire consequences.
Today the Oudtshoorn DA is the political laughing stock from coast to coast and from Mzingwane to Cape Agulhas.
Not only did the DA botch the attempted Council take-over on May 31, it blundered from boner to bloomer since to arrive yesterday at its Cannae (2).
Thwarting the DA was like shooting fish in a barrel. It was as easy as micturating in the shower. A veritable perambulation in a bosky common (3).
The most disturbing element of the entire fiasco remains the direct hands-on involvement of most senior Western Cape DA Government advisors who are tellingly incapable of guiding the Caucus. One can only worry at their ability to guide the Zille Government!
And while I’m on this point… What the hell are Provincial Government functionaries doing advising the overthrow of a local government!?
Koos Celliers, the Premier’s legal advisor; Seraj Johaar, the Western Cape Director Municipal Governance; Michael Brewis, the Western Cape Director Specialised Support… What are your noses doing in another tier of government, gentlemen!?
I’ll address this outrage next week, but for the moment suffice it to report that when Celliers and Brewis marched into Municipal Manager Ron Lottering’s office after yesterday’s Special Council Meeting, they were “asked” by Mayor Gordon April to leave.
Said April, “Julle het nie ‘n afspraak nie en my MM is besig”, or words to that effect. Celliers and Brewis left.
The disinformation showered on the DA since Monday – which the poor sods bought lock stock and barrel every time – paved the way for a knock-out blow Friday morning: The DA now has only 11 votes in Council… and it will stay 11 for some time to come.
A known DA sympathiser in the administration was even “allowed” to discover what the ANC were up to… really guys; a contest would have been enjoyable – this was like falling out of a tree.
On the ANC side only five people knew what was going to happen Friday morning. Even the caucus was only informed some 30 minutes before the start of the Special Council Meeting.
This is now where the DA is:
They can hardly approach the Court. Because they have absolutely nothing to ask of the Court. Actually, I would love for them to go to Court, it would be a good show.
What the DA did do was lie about a Court Order not honoured and run to the SAPS to lay charges against Lottering and Speaker Stoffels. What charges!?
Eden FM reported claims that Lottering and Stoffels were to have been arrested.
Ye gods and faeries and the Dantari of Dantooine (4)!
The voice recording of yesterday’s Special Council Meeting contains a byte where the Speaker introduces the motion of no confidence in himself. The DA abandoned the meeting and therefore the motions of no confidence can now, by the Rules of Order, not be heard for three months.
If you were to have walked out, DA, you should have done so earlier!
Not only did the DA Councillors remain in the chamber until the motions were introduced, they even stuck around to have the revoking of the voting rights of their Pierre Nel and Ben van Wyk voted a resolution!
Ye gods and faeries and Arleil Schous (5)!
The Speaker’s ruling could still have been challenged in the High Court, but to overturn a Council Resolution is an entirely different ball game. Ye gods, ye gods, ye gods!
Oudtshoorn now has a minority ANC Coalition Government with 12 votes to a majority DA Coalition Opposition with 11 votes.
Dear God, DA, and you’s want to run a country.
(1) Vo Nguyen Giap: (1945 – 75) Forcing the U.S. out of Vietnam.
(2) The Battle of Cannae in 216 BCE… Hannibal destroyed the sixteen Roman and Allied legions, led by Lucius Aemilius Paullus and Gaius Terentius Varro. In all, perhaps more than 80% of the entire Roman army was dead or captured, including Paullus himself. (Wikipedia.)
(3) A walk in the park, by superior persons.
(4) The Dantari of Dantooine is a race of hard skinned humanoids. (Star Wars, for the uninitiated.)
(5) Arleil Schous is a noted Defel. He was seen with glowing red eyes in the Mos Eisley cantina. (Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.)
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