Today’s Special Council Meetings

Special Council Meeting in Bitou at 09h00;
Special Council Meeting in Eden at 14h00

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Drewan Baird. Oudtshoorn. 26 September 2013.

15h30. If Eden – including the ENTIRE DA CAUCUS – wants Wessie out, WHY MUST OUDTSHOORN TOLERATE HIM!?

Why DA!?

15h20. Eden this afternoon voted overwhelmingly to get rid of Wessie van der Westhuizen:

15 DA; 2 ACDP; 5 ANC; and 2 Icosa members voted to have Van der Westhuizen removed… Cope could not even muster a seconder for its motion to save Van der Westhuizen.

Ten members were absent with leave.

The Council will now recommend to MEC Bredell that Wessie be removed as Executive Mayor and Councillor.

13h55. Cope’s Adam van Rhyner was a no show at the Bitou Special Council Meeting.

Yet, it is apparent that the DA. / Cope alliance is breaking up.

Let’s see what happens in Eden at 14h00.

08h30. The special Council Meeting scheduled for 10h00 this morning has be cancelled for logistical reasons by agreement between the Speaker and the Chief Whips, in the light of yesterday’s letter from MEC Bredell.

A Special Council Meeting in Bitou will this morning consider motions of no confidence in the DA Mayor, Deputy Mayor, and Speaker. Early indicators are that Cope will support the motions.

The George Herald reports today that Cope will also vote against a DA Caucus decision to accept the disciplinary recommendation to remove Wessie van der Westhuizen as Mayor and Councillor in Eden.

The report continues that “Cope announced that its councillor, John Maxim, will vote against the motion and also voiced the party’s unwillingness to remain a DA coalition partner in the Western Cape.”

Drewan Baird. Oudtshoorn. 25 September 2013.

17h25. It appears as if the ANC Coalition has secured a 13th vote in the Council.

This development comes as MEC Bredell informed the Mayor this afternoon that the Provincial Executive today postponed the deadline for the approval of the 2013/14 Budget until 29 November.
15h25. A Special Council Meeting is scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, at 10h00.

Only two items appear on the agenda: The 2013/14 Budget, and the IDP.

At 14h00 Eden’s Council will consider the recommendation of the disciplinary committee in the Wessie van der Westhuizen matter.

Cope, a DA Alliance partner, will vote against the DA tomorrow. Cope issued a media statement earlier citing a conspiracy, led by MM Godfrey Louw and Speaker Doris Nayler, against Van der Westhuizen; and has earlier indicated that they see no merit in the charges against Van der Westhuizen.

As the DA councillors are not expected to break ranks and vote contrary to a caucus decision to approve the disciplinary recommendation, it would appear as if van der Westhuizen will not survive tomorrow’s vote.

At this time there is no indication of how the ANC will vote.

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14 thoughts on “Today’s Special Council Meetings

  1. Da Bishop Vuyani kom join julle dalk binnekort in Bitou of sal sy opwagting in Hessequa maak. Ons almal weet tog dat Cope in sy moer is en dat julle binnekort by die Daceivers ingelyf gaan word soos die O.D. Ek stem saam met Willempie “voorspoed” vir julle my ou maat! Kok is maar al die jare ‘n jakkals!

  2. @DaBishop. Aah… Nou sien ek daar is tog COPE aktiwiteit en mense buite Theuns Botha se beheer. Interesant. Theuns het natuurlik vir Kock/COPE gekoop met die posisies wat hulle gegee is in die munisipaliteite. Dit is interesant om daarop te let dat die soort politieke aanstellings in burgemeesters en onderburgemeesters se kantore direk indruis teen die DA se standpunt soos gestel deur Anton Bredell.

    Die huis vir Adam… Ek weet nie van ‘n huis koop vir hom nie, maar onthou hy bly lekker in ‘n munisipale huis. Dit is natuurlik heeltemal onaanvaarbaar en ook onwettig in die manier wat dit gedoen is/word. En net so het Theuns die instruksies gegee en Memory en sy trawante is te slapgattig om hierdie onwettige opdragte te ignorer. Die DA se MPL vir Bitou, Mister Grant se hande is ook gebind want Theuns het hom op die ongeruimdhede wat hy en die Mundells in Plett aangejaag het en steeds aanjaag. Die bottomline is dat die DA/Theuns Cope gekoop het met munisipale geld en hulpbronne en al is dit teen die DA se beginsels is hulle almal te korrup en bang om standpunt in te neem.

    Good luck met Adam. Hy leef lekker en sy maatjies soos Vuyani en Alan leef lekker onder Theuns Botha en die DA se beskerming. Dit gaan nie maklik wees om hulle gatte uit die kussings van die gravy trein te lig nie. Voorspoed!

  3. @Willempie,Adam het nie weg gekruip nie,ons sy die supporters het hom verhoed om te gaan,want os moes National se aandag en hul aanwesigheid in Bitou kry,watter beter geleentheid om dit te doen.Ons, die followers is moeg van die coalition met die DA.Iemand wat weg gehardloop het is Allen Kock,Cope se hele Region en Provincial leaders,is oppurtinuste,ek dink hulle is alreeds deur die DA, iets belowe om die koalisie at all cost aan die lewe te hou.Region en Province probeer al lankal om Adam uit sy pos te kry,hy het nog tot dus ver survive.

    Daar is reeds rumours dat iemand vir ALLEN ‘n huis in Bitou gaan koop.Ek wonder maar net.Vuyani Gouws is mos Wessie se advisor,so as Wessie waai,wat word van Vuyani?Ek meen hy het mos vir Wessie geadvice of hoe?

  4. No more DA, why do I not wonder who drafted the appeal papers for him?

  5. Voorspelling O!O.- Bredell gaan die aanbevelings van die Eden raad in die toiletpot afspoel en siedaar hy kry `n nuwe laag plascon by.Wessie is die spreekwoordelike kat met sewe lewens.Bredell dit verseker ek jou gaan nie teen hierdie arrogante brak optree nie,dit is reeds so beplan,want hierdie brak kan die DA brand nog meer skade berokken as hul sou waag om hom `n gatskop te gee.Zille weet dit:Theunsie weet dit; Bredell weet dit.Boonop dreig Teflon Wessie met regstappe.Teflon Wessie gaan die blaam op andere plaas behalwe op homself, dit is hoe hy aanmekaar geslaan is.

  6. Having been in the public gallery for the Eden meeting,and observing Teflon’s arrogance when submitting copies of his appeal to the speaker was a sad sight.

    Listening to Louw and their legal advisor,then seeing the ANC’s affirmation of the clear facts was a sights to behold- how can you use the wrong section of the act to appeal your case?

    And the copies provided can be assumed to be the appeal he sent to Bredell- goodness me!

    And the DA say their mayors are Fit,or is it Fat, For Purpose?

  7. Let justice be served. Thank you OO for your dedication to transparency, although you’ve been tainted by working so closely with the ANC coalition in Oudtshoorn. This made your opinion slightly biased. Try to remain impartial! How else will I know, what’s happening!

  8. So, Adam was te bang om sy gesiggie te wys, soos verwag. Maar wat het geword van die Motion of no confidence? Sonder hom daar was dit tog sekerlik ‘n ANC meerderheid … 6/6 minus die Burgemeester is mos 6/5 in die ANC se guns, nie waar nie? Of is daar ‘n deal gemaak tussen die ANC en die DA? A quid pro quo with the Wessie vote. Miskien is Andrew reg.

  9. Now, then. Please can the councillors please start governing Oudtshoorn?
    So far, all that has taken place is who outwits and out manuavres who.
    Suggest that no allowance is paid to councillors in the meantime.
    Or at least until a propper legal legitimate council meeting is convened.

  10. Who in that DA Eden caucus did Mr Teflon not make a promise to Ed?

    Who still believes his promises of MAYCO posts?

    In trying to make a statement,COPE, have shown their supporters that they are not serving the electorates interest but rather their own ( Gouws,Kok and Maxim)- what did Wessie promise Maxim for his loyalty towards him and not the DA/COPE coalition agreement?

  11. This happens when snakes turn on each other. They will destroy themselves one-by-one.

  12. Conspiracy? Oh now its a conspiracy but when he is the one under fire. The ANC will vote with the DA tomorrow that I can assure you Teflon Wessie! The ENS report is clear and unambiguous. The law must now take its course and he must be removed post haste from his position as councillor.

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