Attached is a ruling by a panel of the DA Federal Legal Commission that’s running the disciplinary hearing against Knysna Councillor Peter Myers, the man at the heart of the current crisis. The ruling refused an open hearing i.e. the Public were not allowed to witness the trial of their councillor, even though he wanted them too.
Ward Councillors are elected. It can be rigged by inserting a candidate into a safe zone e.g. DA Chairperson Peter Myers ran in Ward 10 which previously voted 96% DA. It was no surprise he was elected and became Deputy Mayor (before the political crisis stripped him).
However, not all have it easy. Whether directly or technically, WE ELECT WARD COUNCILLORS. During the local elections, we make 3 votes, one of which finds us putting a cross next to the face of the Ward Councillor we want.
So why, if we elect them, are we not allowed to witness their disciplinary hearing? How do we know if its justice or a faction fight depriving us of our democracy (which is the Myers and De Lille situations).
The only person who could be prejudiced in a controversial trial is the defendant. However, Myers was insisting his disciplinary hearing be held openly. How can the process be more about the Party than the charges against the accused?
The DA’s ruling against Myer’s open hearing ‘reasoned’:
“An open hearing would entail that the party could suffer reputational damage that could have a negative impact on the party’s electoral prospects.
The panel believes that should the hearing be open to the public, there is real risk that the party’s internal procedures would be exposed to scrutiny by the party’s political opponents and critics. As there are no assurances that confidential party matters will not be discussed during the course of these proceedings, access to the proceedings could be highly prejudicial to the party.
In addition, the presence of the media and/or the public could very well inhibit witnesses, particularly fellow councillors, from speaking frankly and openly which would defeat the very purpose of these proceedings.
The application in the matter at hand is inter alia based on a suggestion that Cllr Myers will not receive a fair hearing unless the matter is heard in an open forum. This panel rejects this argument on the basis that it is pure speculative opinion and has no basis in proven fact.”
The Federal Legal Commission (Glynis Breytenbach and Nicholas Gotsell) never allowed my evidence. The trial is being conducted by MP Dr Annelie Lotriet, MP Alan McLoughlin and Cllr Retief Odendaal.
Myers deserves to be questioned but not on false charges. His accusers, fellow councillors in an opposing faction, should not be protected. The DA’s hidden interests shouldn’t come before the Public they’re supposed to serve.
The result of these apelike politics is the current Knysna political crisis. Well fucking done, DA!