I was in Oudtshoorn yesterday. I wasn’t there to see ostriches. I wasn’t there to visit the Cango Caves, dive with crocodiles or enjoy the 33C sun. I was there to submit a complaint, on behalf of us anything-but-common folk of Knysna, to Parliament. An extraordinarily positive move by NCOP (National Council of Provinces) has been to take Parliament to the people. It’s often forgotten in our politically manipulated lives that legislation defines the Community as one of the three elements of a municipality, the other two being the Council (politicians) and the Administration (municipal staff). It’s something important that … ‘Click here to read full article…’
Protests flared in Oudtshoorn again, fueled by municipal workers who had heard that Oudtshoorn Municipality had allegedly stolen their pension and medical aid contributions. The hated man of the moment is embattled Mayor Gordon April who has led the town from crisis to crisis. Will this finally force uncooperative MEC Alan Bredell to put Oudtshoorn under administration? Will the DA finally be forced to add their vote to the ANC’s in booting Mayor Gordon April and Acting Municipal Manager Ronnie Lottering out of town… or into jail as many hope?'Click here to read full article...'
Oudtshoorn, the “ostrich capital of the world” and our brother in Eden District, is in crisis. The lights may, literally, be turned off. It’s a helluva statement of worry when a Minister pays a surprise visit (as Pravin Gordhan did) to find out what the hell is going on. Then some of the ANC’s Provincial Executive Committee (PEC – a truly screwed up bunch themselves) turn up to force Mayor Gordon April (that rotten scoundrel) to sign a form dismissing 3 of his nefarious cohorts which included the Municipal Manager and the Finance Director. Of course, that was illegal as … ‘Click here to read full article…’
What?! The DA and ANC in Oudtshoorn have stopped fighting long enough to take a break from the disaster they made so that they can go to the Netherlands. How cool is that? Every kid is going to be inspired. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” asked the teacher. All the kids, with smiles on their dials, yelled in unison, “Mayor Gordon April!” How long before the money taken from the Cango Caves runs out? What happens to Oudtshoorn then? Will the DA’s Anton Bredell ever save that town instead of drinking egg nog with the … ‘Click here to read full article…’
Politics is rough. In my experience in Eden District, South Africa, it’s rarely for the people it’s suppose to serve. It’s both the ANC and DA against the public (my site is filled with examples). The word ‘politician’ should denote respect but instead it’s become a swear word amongst the general public. There seems to be corruption everywhere, from Plettenberg Bay, through my beloved Knysna, to Oudtshoorn. I’ve spoken to you about Hardy Mills, the attorney before. He’s good at his job; a fine municipal lawyer and a strong litigator. On a personal level, he’s an intelligent and fun conversationalist, … ‘Click here to read full article…’
Bomb after bomb of controversy. When will this town disintegrate? I’m not exaggerating. If there’s ever a drama made for TV about politics in a small town, it will be set in Oudtshoorn. The situation is so bad there now that i don’t think the DA or the ANC want the town cause it’ll only make them look bad for the next municipal elections. So they seem to be letting the current lot of baddies (a mixture of coalition parties) dig an even deeper hole but, in their cowardice, that might sink the whole town. It’s definitely politics before the … ‘Click here to read full article…’
11 opposition councillors from the DA/Cope coalition in Oudtshoorn Municipality were removed by the Speaker (whose NPP in coalition with the ANC) from their positions for non-attendance of 3 consecutive meetings early in 2014. It was the latest salvo in the war for the town and, like the rest, was soon to be mired in costly legal battles funded by unwilling taxpayers. Without a quorum, no decision taken at Council could be legal, thus placing a huge spanner in the cogs of the administration.'Click here to read full article...'
Ivan Meyer, the Western Cape leader of the DA, led a protest march in Oudtshoorn yesterday. This is the press release he issued thereafter: Today I, along with hundreds of DA-supporters and other concerned residents, marched to the municipal offices in Oudtshoorn to demonstrate our concern for the state of democracy here. For longer than a year, the ANC/Icosa/NPP alliance have fiercely and undemocratically clung to power in Oudtshoorn, despite the fact that the DA won a by-election in August last year which gave us control of the Oudtshoorn council. Today the people of Oudsthoorn said enough is enough. Residents … ‘Click here to read full article…’
Gordon April, the ANC Mayor of Oudtshoorn, is in trouble. The titanic fight for control of the town, between the ANC and the DA, seems to be almost over, the latter the expected victor. Dirty deeds on both sides, and a year of court struggles at the taxpayers’ expense, has seriously hampered the integrity of the town. The DA’s immoralities (which includes an attempt to sacrifice one of their own councillors for telling the truth) may soon be forgotten if they are proven correct in their assertions of massive maladministration and corruption (from information this writer has received, Gordon April … ‘Click here to read full article…’
Ivan Meyer, the DA Western Cape Leader and Oudtshoorn Constituency Head, has condemned the ANC for using taxpayers cash for legal battles in Oudtshoorn and applauded Judge Roger’s decision to charge costs to ANC Speaker Stoffels. I’m also very glad that part of the bill is going to be paid by a politician and undoubtedly the DA will find evidence of further ANC abuse in Oudtshoorn but Ivan Meyer’s hypocrisy stinks more than a oil tanker fill of rotten fish. He totally ignores the Nel Settlement in which DA Councillors tried to illegally stick it to the taxpayer to the … ‘Click here to read full article…’