There are surely some readers who don’t give a damn about news in Plettenberg Bay but there are others who realise that what happens in that small town is a reflection of the vicious and greedy nature of politics on the Garden Route.
I am amongst those who have been on the edge of my seat, watching events unfold like an episode of a soapie. However, we should remind ourselves that this is a serious issue for Pletters who have received the backhand of politicians for far too long. Who rules them counts but, unfortunately, history has shown hope killed upon the garbage of false promises.
Let’s hope that this time Plett a.k.a. Bitou is given a better deal!
The ANC and COPE have issued a short statement after today’s court proceedings:
Judge Rogers postponed the speaker’s application sine die (indefinitely).
Regarding our counter application he ruled in our favour and allowed us to bring our counter-application on the same courts papers under the same case number, and on the urgent roll. This was made an order of court.
The IEC, Cope and the municipal manager may be joined as parties to the proceedings in our counter application since we seek punitive costs orders de bones propriius.
We were granted time till tomorrow to file our papers where after, court digestion allowing, the matter will be allocated to Judge Gamble who will preside over the matter on Friday 4 July 2014.
What that means is that the interdict attempt by the DA and Speaker Annelise Olivier has been kicked out of court. That is a win for the ANC and COPE but it’s tempered by the bizarre fact that, because the DA refuses to allow the meeting that will overthrow them, the oppositions needs to gain their own interdict. Simultaneously, they’re entitled to ask for damages. \
In an ironic twist that the DA could never have predicted, Judge Rogers has allowed them to file their papers on the same case number given to the DA. His court roll is full, however, so it will now be handed over to Judge Pat Gamble.
The Cape Courts can be unpredictable so, “Please Remain in Your Seats. Keep the Safety Bars On.” The Plett rollercoaster is not yet over.