But O!O has the real reasons for the DA’s impuissance
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Drewan Baird. Oudtshoorn. 20 October 2013. 10h30. The DA leadership is in a corner about Wessie van der Westhuizen. They will do nothing to remove their beleaguered Eden mayor. Frankly, the DA leadership is unable to remove Wessie.
The Eden DA caucus wants Wessie out – at least as mayor; preferably as councillor too.
The Oudtshoorn DA caucus wants Wessie out – this is common knowledge. The caucus is only holding off because the leadership – the virginal clean government leadership of the virginal clean DA – will not allow Wessie’s removal.
Wessie is a proportional councillor – he can be removed by the DA at any time and be replaced by someone else.
Why does the DA leadership aggressively oppose the intentions of both its Eden and Oudtshoorn caucuses?
The DA commitment to “clean government” – the biggest political joke since ‘Slegs Blankes’ – is being gang raped as you read here. The poor virgin is screaming in anguish as the DA strongmen take turns on her battered and bruised body. Over and over and over again.
Wessie’s political record has been reported on O!O many times – click here for a summary.
But Wessie remains untouchable. This infrangibility is not a function of Wessie’s ultimate defence – “Ek is ‘n kind van God” – the pinnacle of piteous politicking; but a function rather of the DA’s insatiable edacity for just one more municipality… they have so few.
But, one would argue, Wessie can easily be replaced without compromising the Eden and Oudtshoorn caucus numbers.
So, what is the problem here!?
Let me tell ya’all.
Wessie is the highest ranking Independent Democrat – remember Pat’s orange brigade of also runs bid upon by the ANC and the DA and bought at some stultifying price by a desperate for any-vote-other-than-white-conservative DA Queen of Crusades – in office after Aunty Pat herself.
The DA can not afford to lose the ID in the run-up to the 2014 general election and the risk of denying the ID the virtually reserved Eden mayorship is intractable. There is no other ID member even nearly capacitated to be imported as Eden mayor. Not that this mayorship has big shoes to fill – any replacement will be preferable to the incumbent. But still…
(The DA-ID marriage will only be consummated when parliament dissolves before the 2014 election. If the DA leadership has any hard feelings left over after the conquest of Virgin Clean Government.)
There’s a second reason Wessie is safe from DA attack.
The DA is currently concerned – very concerned; disquieted even; carked, to be sure – about the Cope commitment to the political orgy.
Theuns Botha is setting up a meeting between Cope’s Leonard Ramatlakane and Cope councillors; DA mayors; and, of course, Theuns himself… to address “problems” and to assert DA control.
The “arrangement” between the DA and Cope hangs mostly on an Eden tableau vivant featuring the Eden mayor and Cope’s “acting” Western Cape provincial leader Vujani Gouws. Gouws’s term of office is linked to the mayor’s office and if the mayor falls, so does the Cope WC leader. That means Cope will have to remunerate its WC leader itself and not the Eden District Municipality… and Cope does not have the money to pay its own; it has to piggy back on the DA, as does the ID.
With Oudtshoorn ratepayers so concerned about payments, one can only wonder at the silence of expediency hollering to the only surviving DA standard: Double.
Wessie is safe as long as Helen and Theuns and Ivan and James are forced to dance to the tunes of their minor political partners. And thou, mine longsuffering readers, and the outraged DA whingers of Eden, will have to take it, as Virgin Clean Government does.
Bend over and think of “democracy”… in small letters.
The WC minister of local government, and WC DA secretary, Anton Bredell told Die Burger last week that he cannot act on the Wessie tribunal conviction and proposed sanction, approved technically unanimously by the Eden council (only Cope’s John Maxim objected but without a second to his proposal) because he had not yet received any relevant documentation.
Bredell is l… is uninformed.
Bredell’s office was couriered the relevant documentation on September 27 and received additional information by email on September 30. Bredell is clearly taking his turn on Virgin Clean Government with a vindictive vigour.
Although the DA leadership is venial in its refusal to clean up, the Eden DA caucus has had enough. For this purport the caucus is to be acknowledged.
A Special Council Meeting is scheduled, or is about to be scheduled, for October 29. The speaker has armed herself with a legal opinion that a Motion of No Confidence in the mayor (Wessie) may be tabled and voted.
But enters yet again Theuns Botha – “Deputy” WC DA leader and head of government business – to instruct the speaker to hold off until clarity in the Oudtshoorn WCHC matter is obtained.
There is, mine longsuffering readers, no difference between the DA and the ANC.
Stop kidding yourselves.
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