The DA’s constant factionalism and corruption has allowed the ANC to take over Knysna. Yesterday, ANC Deputy Mayor Aubrey Tsengwa appointed an ANC Mayoral Committee (MAYCO). Speaker Titi Gombo responded to critics with:
“We, as the ANC, once governed this town. We had a good history. We’ve got interest of our beautiful town. Our main goal is to serve the people of Knysna. Most of us in the ANC council are born in Knysna. This is our home. If you see only negative things in people, you will never see the good things they’re doing. Just thought I needed to share this with everyone who see the ANC as a problem.”
It’s uncertain how long the ANC will remain in power because that may depend on the DA factions in High Court (it’s Cape Town versus the locals, the Public be damned).
The DA Federal Executive and Premier Alan Winde’s criminal organisation is attempting to dump their councillor, Mark Willemse. The latters’ mayorship is in limbo until next month when the Court decides if the DA’s removal of him was legal.
If the DA ‘leadership’ gets their way, that’ll result in a by-election. I’m unsure if that’s possible before year end, possibly giving the ANC a helluva Christmas present (if you listen attentively, you can hear the bellows of white ho-ho-ho’s).
It’s possible that the DA will lose that by-election as the rich people in Ward 9 have been among the most critical of Cape Town’s nefarious actions. But if the DA succeed through the reliably bad voting habits of conservative retirees, they’d need coalition partners to win the town back. And, if they did, they’d likely dump another of their councillors, Peter Myers, forcing another by-election.
Life, for the residents of Knysna, is unlike the adverts attracting tourists.
The following Facebook post by the Knysna Independent Movement (KIM) explains the latest instability.
ANC FINALLY ACCEPTS DA XMAS GIFT
When the DA terminated Mark Willemse’s party membership at the beginning of this month, they effectively invited the ANC to take over the running of the council. Despite being urged by Michelle Wasserman (parachuted in Council by Cape Town) and Co to appoint a Mayco, ANC deputy mayor, Aubrey Tsengwa, exercised remarkable restraint by waiting for the outcome of Willemse’s court interdict before appointing a new Mayco.
The court placed the by-election on hold, but Willemse will have to wait for the outcome of the review application, which is to be heard in November, to find out whether he will be reinstated as Mayor. The deputy mayor was left with no choice but to appoint a new Mayco.
With the exception of Welcome Monwabisi Salaze [ex-ANC councillor whose notably an ally of Willemse and Myers], the Mayco is made up of ANC councilors. Presumably Peter Myers (DA) and Ian Uys (ACDP) did not get permission from their political parties to serve on an ANC selected Mayco.) That means that service delivery will be further hampered, as each councilor will have to acquaint him or herself with a new portfolio.
Should Willemse win his court battle for reinstatement, the Mayco will again be changed.
Knysna has a budget of a billion rand and can ill afford further instability and the risk posed by inexperienced councilors in key oversight positions.
The DA has to take full responsibility for this mess. Having failed to unseat Mark Willemse in another motion of no confidence in May this year, the DA proudly announced that it would henceforth assume the role of official opposition.
For reasons best known to them, under the “leadership” of Michelle Wasserman, members of the DA caucus have gone out of their way to hand the town to the ANC.
In June this year, COPE councilor Ricky van Aswegen was voted out in a motion of no confidence. The DA had the numbers to elect a DA deputy mayor but failed to nominate a candidate , choosing to abstain and watch from the sidelines as the ANC deputy mayor was elected.
In August, the DA had a brief spell of amnesia when they apparently forgot that they had lost confidence in Mayor Mark, and the party distributed a pamphlet of Willemse endorsing the DA candidate in the ward 5 by-election.
Having exploited Mayor Mark’s popularity to gain support for their candidate [who won but suffered a massive decline in supporters], the majority of the DA caucus ‘again’ lost confidence in Mark shortly after the election when the infamous De Lille clause was used to terminate his DA membership, thereby completing the handover of the town to the ANC.
Knysna and its people have become collateral damage in the DA’s internal battles and its obsession to get rid of popular Mayor Mark so as to replace him with Michelle Wasserman. Wasserman was elected as ward 9 councillor in 2011, but did not bother to complete her term and resigned in 2015. It was left to Willemse to pick up the pieces when he took over as ward councilor for ward 9 following a by-election in 2015.
Wasserman was not a DA candidate in the 2016 elections, but was brought in from the cold by out of town party bosses after Eleanore Bouw Spies [their corrupt crony] was voted out in a motion of no confidence.
The DA has thrown Knysna under a bus in its obsession to replace Mayor Mark (who won his ward in 2016 with a 90% majority) with the unelected Wasserman. For this, it will be punished at the ballot box in 2021, and whoever takes over from the DA will have their hands full trying to fix the mess left behind by a party hell bent on self-destruction.”