The indisputable facts
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Drewan Baird. Oudtshoorn. 8 December 2013. 16h00. It cannot be overemphasised… because of mendacious and biased mainstream news reporting:
Oudtshoorn is governed by an ANC/NPP/Icosa Alliance commanding 12 votes in a council of 25. The opposition DA/Cope Alliance commands 11 votes as the voting rights of two of its members, Pierre Nel and Ben van Wyk, remain revoked by council resolution until the suit brought by the Western Cape minister of local government has run its course.
Six indisputable facts remain:
1. In the days leading up to May 31, the DA, represented by a combination of two or more groupings of local councillors, national and provincial leaders, and functionaries and facilitators acting in concert, convinced, for pecuniary reward, 5 ANC councillors to switch allegiance and support illegal DA motions of no confidence in Oudtshoorn’s speaker, mayor, and deputy mayor on May 31.
2. On May 31 the DA/Cope Alliance unsuccessfully attempted to illegally take over the council.
3. On June 24 a meeting of some of the DA/Cope Alliance councillors and others advising or auditing, discussed the illegal registration of voters not ordinarily residing in the eventual swing ward 13.
4. On June 25 the DA/Cope coalition, by its illegally elected assumed mayor, Ben van Wyk, entered into an agreement with Nel to settle the Pierre Nel v. Oudtshoorn Municipality suit relating to the appointment of a former municipal manager, the Reverend Noël Pietersen. This “settlement” callously landed some R4.5m in legal cost in the unsuspecting laps of Oudtshoorn’s ratepayers.
5. On September 20 council resolved to revoke the voting rights of Nel and Van Wyk, pending disciplinary action by the minister.
6. This status quo remains pending the conclusion of the minister’s law suit, brought without locus standi, but containing elements permitted by the high court.
The DA/Cope cabal has refused, on numerous occasions, to attend round table negotiations to address differences.
The DA steadfastly refuses to support the budget and IDP, voted on March 27 and subsequently adjusted to accommodate the DA’s minority demands.
The DA steadfastly refuses to consider any critical items of council business and demands that motions of no confidence only, at this time already rejected by council, be considered.
This matter is responsibly managed by the speaker, even in the face of regrettable hostility spawned of the noisome agglomeration of fatuity, mental faineance and irrational bias; forged in the smithy of frustration; honed in the atelier of enmity and sold in the thrift shop of two penny bargains by the very supporters of the actual powers responsible for the wrangle.
In short, people refusing to acknowledge the facts are sowing dissent for personal reasons while claiming to have Oudtshoorn’s interests at heart. They don’t. Period.
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