This Oudtshoorn thing has now morphed into a monster law suit
Drewan Baird. Oudtshoorn. 6 October 2013. 11h30. The Western Cape minister of local government, Anton Bredell, will on Wednesday ask the Western Cape High Court (WCHC) for 4 things:
1. That the Oudtshoorn Special Council Meeting of 20 September be continued on October 10;
2. That someone appointed by the Chairperson of the Cape Bar Association chair this continued meeting;
3. That the meeting shall deal “exclusively” with the Motions of No Confidence in the Speaker, Mayor, and Deputy Mayor;
4. That the Speaker’s Ruling suspending the voting rights of DA Councillors Pierre Nel and Ben van Wyk be lifted.
Supported by a comprehensive affidavit detailing events since the DA’s illegal attempt at usurping power on May 31, the Speaker will argue, inter alia, that:
1. The 20 September meeting was closed and can not “be continued”;
2. No provision is made in law for anyone but an elected Speaker to chair a Special Council Meeting, after a Council is lawfully constituted subsequent to a local government election;
3. The Motions lapsed by Rule 36 of the Oudtshoorn Rules of Order;
4. The suspension of the voting rights of Nel and Van Wyk is by Council Resolution and not by a Speaker’s Ruling.
In addition Speaker Stoffels is bringing a Counter Application asking the Court to order Bredell and Premier Helen Zille to designate a person to investigate the facts and circumstances in connection with the Pierre Nel v Oudtshoorn Municipality “settlement”, and that, in the event of the investigation criminal conduct is found, the matter be referred to the SAPS for criminal prosecution.
Stoffels is also asking the Court to order Bredell to submit all issues arising to “such dispute resolution mechanism as may be determined by the Premier of the Western Cape Provincial Government”.
All indications are for a veritable Mother of a law suit…
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