Pathetic DA folds like a single sheet of pony newsprint
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Drewan Baird. Oudtshoorn. 21 March 2014. 16h00. As one approaches Worcester on the N1 North, just before the big fuel station on the left, a DA billboard on the right proclaims “Zero Tolerance”, complete with a “Coloured” poster boy, arms folded over a proud chest in defiance of all that is not part of the holier than thou so-called “Blue Wave”.
Dis om van te kots.
DA councillor Peter Roberts this week filed an affidavit in the Western Cape High Court that speaks to “zero tolerance”, defying the lies on offer by his caucus colleagues in the Nel Settlement.
For his proud effort to maintain the proclaimed DA stance against corruption, Roberts was suspended amateurishly from the party to which he remains committed, and now has to defend his position against corruption before the very people claiming “zero tolerance”.
This quite incredulous situation is reminiscent of the troubles of DA councillor Pierre Nel in 2007, when he too was suspended from the DA for maintaining the party standard against corruption, at that time temporarily abandoned by “The Leadership” in service of a questionable deal with Patricia de Lille’s then Independent Democrats.
In Nel’s case he refused to support the ID’s Jeffrey Swartbooi, embroiled at the time in an alleged R50m scam, in flagrant disregard of a leadership instruction to the then caucus.
Nel to this day still waxes lyrical about his principled stance, eventually endorsed by the DA’s Federal Law Commission before which he won an appeal against his suspension and was exonerated and reinstated.
Quite ironical then, that Roberts is at this time “suspended” for his refusal to support the Nel Settlement, in flagrant disregard of a leadership instruction to the current caucus bent on protecting Nel… and itself, now that the corruption had been aired in open court and in the media.
The DA has strong principles, to be sure.
But the DA uses principle like currency. They buy a solution with arrogated principle capital; then go fudge together some more principles to drop on expediency.
Informed and involved in this scandalous Nel Settlement cover-up are party leader Helen Zille; Western Cape Secretary Anton Bredell; Fedex Chair James Selfe; and several other more junior leaders the likes of Debbie Schafer of the Federal Law Commission, amongst several other designations, who “investigated” the Nel Settlement months ago; and of course, the Oudtshoorn caucus sans Roberts.
Roberts’s affidavit before court rubbishes the version of the caucus and the DA leadership of the Nel Settlement.
But the absurdity of the Nel Settlement is long known to O!O readers; it has ceased to be news long ago.
What is significantly more serious than the shenanigans of the local caucus to protect its own at the expense of ratepayers, is the contrived leadership campaign not to act against the local Champions of Corruption.
The DA quite evidently has “zero tolerance” for corruption only when “others” (read ANC members and functionaries) act in a corrupt manner… not when DA members are corrupt – such DA corruption is defended by the DA Leadership; condoned even!
Currently the DA is screaming to high heaven about Nkandla… and covering up corruption in its own ranks.
Note that the DA is not only covering up corruption, the DA is acting AGAINST the very person standing up for the very principle violated by the corrupt caucus!
Ye lecherous gods and lascivious faeries!
And about Nkandla…
On December 27 last year I showed that the DA is costing Oudtshoorn ratepayers some 32 times more, by comparison, than what Nkandla is costing South African taxpayers:
Nkandla, now synonymous with the outrageous spend on the president’s personal residence, comes to some 0.03% of the national budget. The money owed by DA councillors to Oudtshoorn makes up some 0.96% of the municipal budget. Oudtshoorn ratepayers are therefore some 32 times worse off than the South African taxpayers, by comparison.
Much had been ventilated about the cost of the Nel Settlement. It was even reported that Nel is considering legal action against acting MM Ron Lottering and me for “misleading council” about the actual cost of the DA corruption. (What, it’s not quite right to attempt to lift R4.5m from ratepayers, but quite acceptable to lift a mere R700k or so!? Ye…)
The cost of the Nel Settlement cuts much deeper than taxed legal bills, me hearties. Much, much deeper.
But for an alert municipal management team, and the brave, principled stance of a single DA caucus member, Peter Roberts – who, incidentally, has told the media that he remains committed to the DA and has not, and will not “cross to the other side”, the DA would have conned Oudtshoorn’s ratepayers out of millions.
O!O salutes Peter Roberts.
For showing up the DA.
And for not joining the ANC/NPP/Icosa alliance.
May Peter Roberts remain a DA member. The pantheons know, the DA needs people like Peter Roberts. And the people of Oudtshoorn deserve someone like Peter Roberts.
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