Bitou has been severely handicapped the past two months as political power struggles and consequent legal machinations stopped Council Meetings. Without them, decisions affecting the affairs of the town couldn’t be passed.
The ANC won moral ground when they promised in writing not to attempt a takeover and that the running of the Municipality be turned back on. Despite this, the DA refused.
After ANC Councillor Nolan Stuurman resigned, ensuring that the DA would have a majority no matter what happened with the legal battle around COPE’s Adam van Rhyner, another attempt was made wherein local businessmen acted as intermediaries. The deal was that both the ANC and DA would table items for the agenda but the DA broke the deal by announcing a meeting with only their agenda which caused the ANC to pull out.
Now that the Bitou judgement involving their main tussle is finally out, and the taxpayer is a lot poorer due to political party legal fees, it’s likely that business will, finally, limp forward again.