What an embarrassment!

Oudtshoorn’s DA councillors are fumbling fools

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Drewan Baird. Oudtshoorn. 22 November 2013. 17h25. It was painful to behold.

The consumate ineptitude and rank stupidity of Oudtshoorn’s DA councillors was as manifestly clear during Friday’s council meeting as the Karoo sun at noon on a cloudless day approaching 40 in February.

Ye gods and faeries!

Ben van Wyk was as ridiculous as to tell members that it was a criminal offense to distribute court papers in council.

Chris MacPherson questioned court documents bearing the official stamp of the Western Cape High Court.

MacPherson, I kid you not, even claimed to have been a party to the latest matter in which His Lordship Ashton Schippers ruled.

John Maxim, Ewa Fortuin, and another distributed a document bearing instructions to council officials – a flagrant breach of the Code of Conduct.

Several DA councillors acted as if they have never read the Oudtshoorn Rules of Order. And they probably never did too.

Several unmistakable violations of order were evident.

But the most anserine of all the DA’s fumbles today was the headstrong continuation with the motions of no confidence.

Whatever the outcome of Wednesday’s Rule 49(11) hearing, the motions of no confidence, after this council meeting, can not be considered again before 23 February next year.

Whatever were the DA councillors thinking!?

And the Speaker warned them repeatedly – to the extent where I thought the Speaker was guiding the poor sods to withdraw the motions.

RSG reported the matter on its news bulletins throughout the day.

At 12h00…

‘n Gespanne stemming heers in die Oudtshoorn munisipaliteit in die Klein Karoo, waar ‘n spesiale stadsraadsvergadering gehou word om nuwe hoofraadslede, onder meer ‘n nuwe burgemeester te verkies. ‘n Groot skare, wat lede van al die politieke partye op die raad insluit, is buite die munisipaliteit se kantore byeen in afwagting op die uitslag. Die polisie en privaat veiligheidswagte hou ‘n wakende oog oor sake.

At 13h00…

Die polisie en privaat veiligheidswagte hou ‘n wakende oog oor sake in Oudtshoorn in die Klein Karoo, waar ‘n spesiale stadsraadsvergadering gehou word. Nuwe hoofraadslede, onder meer ‘n nuwe burgemeester word verkies ná ‘n hooggeregshofbevel wat deur die DA bekom is om ‘n mosie van wantroue teen die ANC burgemeester, sy adjunk en die raad se speaker in te stel. ‘n Groot skare, wat lede van al die politieke partye op die raad insluit, is buite die munisipaliteit se kantore byeen in afwagting op die uitslag. Vyf ANC raadslede het in Mei vanjaar na die DA oorgeloop. In die tussenverkiesing wat gevolg het, het die DA die meerderheidsparty in die stadsraad geword.

At 16h00 and 17h00:

‘n Spesiale raadsvergadering in Oudtshoorn in die Klein Karoo het verdaag sonder dat die DA daarin kon slaag om beheer van die munisipaliteit oor te neem. Die party probeer sedert Mei om beheer oor die raad oor te neem nadat vyf ANC-lede oorgeloop en ‘n tussenverkiesing afgedwing wat deur die DA gewen is. Vandag se vergadering was daarop gemik om ‘n mosie van wantroue in die ANC burgemeester, onderburgemeester en speaker in te stel. Die ANC het aangevoer dat die mosie nie ingedien kan word hangende ‘n appel teen ‘n vorige hooggeregshofuitspraak nie. Die saak is tot stemming gebring, maar die DA het stemme gekort weens die skorsing van twee lede. ANC-ondersteuners buite die raadsaal was verheug dat daar geen verandering aan die status quo is nie.

There is no kind way to say this: the DA’s management of this matter is pathetic.

The DA’s ridiculous fumbling since May 31 is gaining momentum and should by the end of next week qualify for entry in the Guiness Book of Records.

To have this sorry lot in charge of Oudtshoorn would represent a clear and present danger for governance.

They couldn’t, with deference to Lyndon B Johnson, pour piss out of a boot if the instructions were printed on the heel.

Beating up on this lot is like shooting fish in a barrel. It’s not even fun.

And more, much more asperity awaits them.

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12 thoughts on “What an embarrassment!

  1. nog ‘n vraag vir jou Drewan…ek wag vir antw-in Schippers se verslag noem hy ook die volgende-As already found,the Speaker’s conduct was a violation of the principle of legality,was ultra vires and unlawful.The motion in terms of which this conduct purportedly was sanctioned by the Council,is likewise unlawfull….kan jy vir ons se of die speaker dus teen die sinnetjie appelleer?

  2. elaxis

    Jou ou doring! Sulke herlderdenkende insig en vlymskerp vrae! Wil jy nie asseblief die sukkelende DA gaan adviseer nie!? Dit sal my span baie help!

  3. eerstens as speaker moet jy ‘n kommissie op die been bring indien jy voel dat raadslede die gedragskode verbreek het,die kommissie maak aanbevelings aan die raad,en die raad neem dan besluit of raadslede geskors moet word..die aanbevelings word ook so deurgegee aan die MEC..wat dan besluit watter sanksies teen raadslid toegepas word…Die verslag moet ook deur die speaker aan die gemeenskap beskikbaar gestel word..en ek wil dit graag sien….

  4. lol,,manne-Ok Drewin..Judge Schippers noem die volgende in sy uitspraak-The relief sought in paragraphs 3 and 4 of the notice of motion are directed at preventing the first and second respondents(the speaker acting personally and in his official capacity)from doing anything to prevent the motions of no confidence from being considered and put to a vote;and declaring that the first respondent’s revocation or suspension of the rights of Nel and Van Wyk to vote at the meeting of 20 September 2013 is ultra vires and consequently unlawful.,,,verklaar dit vir my asb??

  5. Arme drommel Elaxis
    Hy klink soos n outjie wat aan brooklax kou !
    Verduur die drommel maar ED, sy naampie se alles

    Het Mensa Bredel en Kortbroek Theunsie al bedank ?

  6. Daar is geen enkele raadslid in die raad wat deur die speaker geskors is nie, Elaxis. Van Wyk en Nel se stemreg is opgeskort hangende ‘n wannirokal-beslissing van Bredell… DEUR ‘N RAADSRESOLUSIE.

  7. Ok Drewin…het die speaker die reg om raadslede te skors?Indien wel wys dit vir my uit in die municipal structures act..

  8. I heard a new speaker was elected today by the 13 cope and da councillors? Now the court must decide who is the ‘real’ speaker.

  9. DA -DA -DA- Demmit.Met baie respek gese,-gooi die handdoek maar in.Om nou weer verder te gaan en probeer is hardekwas onnoselgeit (Ek kan dit nie anders stel nie).Hiers dalk ‘n tip.Raak ontslae van gerespekteerde manne soos Nel,Jurie Harmse, (Kan later weer stelselmatig inkom) Wessie(soos Bakkies Botha indien coach Bredell hom weer oproep) en Van Wyk (dalk as impak politician later) en o ja ook vir madam de Jager.Kry nuwe energie en siedaar die raad is julle s’n vir so plus 6 maande.Maak huis skoon.

  10. Hey Andrew, leave comrade Maxim man- every circus must have its clown who can cope with being one.

    Ed I’m starting to note a good comparison between DA/COPE Oudtshoorn and DA/COPE Bitou hey.

    Both have a crappy caucus leader who is former ANC and have a COPE sidekick who is just there for the pay check.

  11. Here help hulle asseblief hulle weet nie wat hulle doen nie. John Maxim weet absoluut niks hys maar net daar omdat die DA hom nodig het. Die arme drommel. Nou wat weet ‘n koloneltjie van regeringsake af? Hulle is seker van hulle ko0p af vanmiddag nadat hulle ‘n moerse bloutjie geloop het. Waars Nel wat himself loop en anval met sy eie mes? Arme Teflon het so baie mense ko0ntrakte en jo0bs belowe, nou moet die arme mense gedwee wag tot na die algemene verkiesing of dalk nog langer! Lekker naweek hou julle drommels!

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