“It is imperative that the Councillors be advised, as early as possible, that the meeting (July 1) cannot go ahead. The tension is rising all the time in Bitou. The effect will be that all parties will “gear up” for a “show down” on Tuesday.”
Those are the words of Bitou’s Speaker, Annelise Olivier, in her urgent application to the court for an interdict preventing the ANC and COPE from holding a Council meeting on Tuesday, July 1 2014, that would pass a motion of no confidence resulting not only in Mayor Memory Booysen and the Speaker losing their jobs but ensuring an ANC takeover.
At the heart of Olivier’s substantiation is the status of COPE Councillor, and Bitou’s Deputy Mayor, Adam Van Rhyner. Municipal Manager Allen Paulse received a letter from COPE saying that he’d been suspended by COPE and would be replaced. Paulse then received other letters from COPE leadership contradicting this.
Additionally, the question must be whether Van Rhyner can be replaced without a disciplinary hearing?
The case is suppose to be heard at 4.30pm today but Judge Owen Rogers (who will be hearing the matter) has called both parties to his chambers. Whilst we wait to find out what has been said within, here is a copy of the Speaker’s application. It’s a long read but, even then, is only one side of the story. Nevertheless, fascinating drama in Plett: