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Drewan Baird. Oudtshoorn. 28 November 2013.
09h51. The motion is not tabled because Order Rule 35.2 was not adhered to…
08h10. It now seems quite clear that Eden executive mayor Wessie van der Westhuizen will survive the brutal boiled lettuce and asparagus assault by Western Cape minister for local government and provincial party secretary Anton Bredell.
The feckless Bredell is twitching out of action yet again.
An ANC Motion of No Confidence filed with Eden MM Godfrey Louw yesterday may not be tabled on December 3 for technical and political reasons.
O!O’s indefatigable Cape DA source reveals that the two ACDP members, and the DA’s Lionel Esau and Johann Koegelenberg, and at least one other, would very probably support an opposition motion even in the face of suspension, or expulsion. Especially Esau, the executive deputy mayor, was rather vociferous in his intention to support the motion – any motion to get rid of Wessie.
But Wessie will prevail, so it now seems. Because the DA leadership won’t allow his removal, and the ANC will not do the DA’s dirty work for them.
Drewan Baird. Oudtshoorn. 25 November 2013. 13h40. And now the ANC has the four votes it needs in Eden, and a fifth is beckoning.
Wessie, it seems, is history.
So… poor Raymond Wildschut was “elected speaker” by the Oudtshoorn “DA majority” (yawn) Friday, and not the political wizard MacPherson, because Ray had suddenly sprung a serious money problem.
If Wessie now also has to be accommodated in the Oudtshoorn top three, the poor DA caucus has a serious problem…
Drewan Baird. Oudtshoorn. 24 November 2013. 08h00. On December 3, all things being equal – and politics being as unequal as a loaded dice – the DA controlled Eden council will consider a motion of no confidence in its DA mayor, Oudtshoorn delegate Wessie van der Westhuizen.
The DA caucus threatened to introduce such a motion earlier but was prohibited by the DA leadership. Eden matters, see, are not left to Eden councillors; Eden matters are managed by the DA leadership, some 400km away from the council and several light years away from the constituents.
This time round, a source close to the happenings and doingses tells, a member of the Eden opposition will introduce the motion of no confidence.
DA Speaker Doris Nayler has indicated that she will allow the motion. (If not, will Anton Bredell approach the High Court!? He-he-he-he…)
If the opposition backs the motion in solidarity, only four DA coalition votes are necessary to topple Wessie.
The DA leadership has warned the caucus that any member who supports the no confidence motion will be summarily suspended.
Yet O!O has learned that there are three certain DA coalition votes in the bag and the fourth is about to be secured.
Whether Wessie is guilty of the charges against him or not is virtually no longer relevant – the Eden DA caucus do no longer want Wessie as mayor, or even as member. Period.
Why the DA leadership persists in backing Wessie is quite clear: Wessie is the highest ranking Independent Democrat local government politician beside the party leader, Patricia de Lille.
Therefore Wessie’s continued mayorship, and the associated remuneration, remains a source of income for the ID desperately in need of all it can possibly get and then some.
Also, the DA leadership needs to pander to Pat. She had been on the front stoep of the ANC mansion, approaching the wide open door where lovely goodies beckoned, in the weeks leading up to the 2009 elections, and she is, so O!O hears, even closer to that mansion’s door at this time… and smiling seductively.
Give it up for Pat: She is a formidable negotiator – hell, she sold her bankrupt party to Helen at a ridiculous premium. And she is an expert political merchandiser; she knows how to manipulate the political market to position her quite inferior product for top dollar. Surely, having passed the ANC opportunity in 2009, she is now worth even more than then.
In consequence, the Western Cape minister of local government, Anton Bredell, now firmly entrenched as the most ineffectual of Zille’s mediocre white men, cannot possibly move against a Pat pet. Not that Bredell would have acted if he was allowed to do so by The Madam.
Back to Wessie. He has to lodge his appeal by week-end. He is not ready. He probably won’t be ready in time. High probability, this. Really, O!O knows this.
So Wessie is negotiating.
O!O’s Cape source of impeccable standing tells that Wessie has spoken to Agang and even to the EFF.
“But they’ll never be able to pay him what he demands”, cried an O!O confidant.
Who knows the price of a foothold, though?
And in politics power promissory notes are the currency of the day. But the notes are worthless – consider the DA such payment for the poor sods who crossed in Oudtshoorn on May 31.
Hope, however, springs eternal. And Wessie is in need of hope. There’s an entire academic discipline considering false hope and why it sells.
I, for one, if I am allowed a personal statement, hope Wessie makes it somehow, any how. It’s wrágtag difficult not to like the man. I wish him well. He has some hard decisions to make.
The probability of error, Wessie, multiplies the longer one deliberates.
Decision makers turn to O!O first for what’s really happening in Eden
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