The DA is in Court with Mayor Mark Willemse today. They need to get rid of him to protect corruption. The DA also sucked in yesterday’s Knysna Ward 11 by-election. That situation begs the question, is COPE dead?
THE DEATH OF COPE?
COPE, the DA’s previous vote rival in the contested ward, strangely never ran a candidate.
Considering the DA’s long post-election partnership with COPE, they should have benefited by COPE not entering the field. COPE’s absence gives strength to the rumour that local leader Elrick van Aswegen is partnering with the DA in Council in return for a DA post next election.
That would explain why Van Aswegen went from strongly supporting embattled DA Mayor Mark Willemse to voting against him and his only DA ally, Councillor Peter Myers. That means that Van Aswegen is voting with DA FedEx Chair Helen Zille and Premier Alan Winde’s underling faction.
The second rumour is that Van Aswegen instructed his followers to vote DA in yesterday’s by-election. Van Aswegen told them he would be turning blue.
Unsurprisingly, Lorraine Opperman, the DA’s new councillor, has been a supporter of Van Aswegen. Despite being much older than him, she calls him ‘Meneer’. Let’s hope that she’s going to be a representative of the citizens of Knysna and not a proxy vote for Aswegen and his alleged new friends.'Same Shit, Different Government' pdf (2922 downloads)
THE TWISTS & TURNS OF POLITICIANS
Modern politics against the Public needs Yes Men to do its dirty work. In the case of Knysna, that’s Jaco Londt, another Zille favourite and their party’s East Region Manager.
Allegedly, he’s been in Knysna making deals. His infamous input in 2016 was allegedly ordering the local DA to give cash in support of the 2016 election campaign for an ANC member turned independent. That councillor, Velile Waxa, became the DA’s coalition partner, threatened a woman in public, interfered in a tender and is currently an assassination suspect.
The backlash happened at the first of the three by-elections this year (which is a lot for a town with a population of 70,000). An outraged community voted ANC – all the DA’s wheeling and dealing behind the Public’s back went against the DA. Although I support no party, I cheer when the Public voice’s its disapproval.
Zille’s return to politics has been seen as white trumping black so Van Aswegen’s previously anti-white/pro-coloured rhetoric is stark contrast. Maybe it’s that politicians, no matter what they say, only care about their pay.
The nature of politics also allows for egg on one’s plans but where there’s a will there’s often another way to remain a career politician. On the other hand, maybe Van Aswegen succeeds, does a good job and make the DA more representative. Time will tell.
WILLEMSE IN COURT VS DA
Willemse is in Court today, fighting to retain his mayorship after the DA expelled him for voting with his conscience against previous DA Mayor Eleanore Spies.
Spies and her husband were caught in crime yet strongly protected by the DA’s leadership in Cape Town. Instead of responding to Willemse’s appeal for anti-corruption action, the DA promoted Spies to the National Assembly… and sought to get rid of Willemse.
Willemse is currently suspended without pay and receiving an expensive runaround. Today will be the fifth judge appointed to his case, the last having recused himself for conflict of interest.
Considering how the DA and courts previously made my life difficult for whistleblowing their dirty deeds, it’s possible that the judiciary is also being cruel to Willemse. Today may finally be his day in Court but he’s allegedly R150,000 down in legal fees whilst not getting paid. Win or lose, good judge or bad judge, that alone will surely deter others from defying the DA to do the right thing.
But there’s caveat in my low opinion. Acting Judge Frederick Sievers came across as a reasonable man when interviewed by the Judicial Service Commission last month. Surely he’ll realise that there was no morality or legal foundation for the DA firing Willemse after a DA disciplinary committee found him innocent.
I hope that Judge Sievers doesn’t take the easy way out and, instead, mentions that the DA had ulterior motive.
At no stage has the DA listened to the Knysna Public. Consequently, there’s been repercussions. Local donations have dried up. And, this past August, the DA had another bittersweet victory in Ward 6, a previous stronghold, where they won but lost half their voters. There, the surge was for KIM which had formed only the month before. Newcomers PBI took some votes too.
That decline was despite Premier Alan Winde and MP Dianne Kohler-Barnard campaigning for the DA in an area that should only have been a blip on the DA’s radar. Instead, they must have felt a bit like the arrogant Nazis did in World War II when the Allied forces firebombed the city of Dresden. In this metaphor, the Allies are the Public and the smaller parties they’ve created. The DA are the ones waging war for greed.
WARD 11 BY-ELECTION
The DA took another slide yesterday, more because of what they didn’t gain than because of what they lost.
The DA dropped 2% whilst COPE’s previous 27% was gobbled up by the ANC and recent newcomers PBI. This is as significant as KIM’s previous gain because proportional representative votes will materialise into councillor seats in the 2021 elections. In hotly contested towns such as Knysna, the loss of only one or two seats would make the DA lose power.
When that happens, the DA will battle to rule from afar. Local interests will have the chance of superseding provincial and national political games wherein positions have become bribes supporting a democracy that looks more like dictatorship.
4 DECEMBER 2019 KNYSNA WARD 11 BY-ELECTION RESULT
- DA: 41.6%
- ANC: 28.75%
- EFF: 13.54%
- PBI: 7.07%
- ICOSA: 5.55%
- Independent: 3.5%
Versus the 2016 results:
- DA: 43.96%
- COPE: 29.63%
- ANC: 11.2%
- ACDP 3.76%
- AIC 0.77%
THE DA IS AS CORRUPT AS THE ANC
And Ricardo MacKenzie, the DA’s Western Cape Chair of the Standing Committee on the Premier and Constitutional Matters, is being uncooperative. (DA) Speaker Masizole Mnqasela won’t even respond to my complaint against Winde.
You’d think the ANC would be dancing with joy but they’ve been protecting the DA. There aren’t political parties, only political colours as marketing tools for power versus the Public.
It’s obvious that us South Africans still have a long road ahead but, with the DA experiencing decline in the Western Cape, it would appear that we’re making inroads against the political deployments that have been damaging our lives.
Update: Case was heard but adjourned to Dec 10.