A subscriber who wishes to remain anonymous has sent me a humdinger of an open letter to the DA in Plettenberg Bay which i’ve shared with you below.
In response to the towns latest political crisis and the Garden Route Communications affair, he/she said that “The rot is in the DA and it is up to its members to deal with it,” something i agree with after my experiences with the DA in Knysna. It doesn’t have to be about switching political affiliation but rather about REAL DA members fixing their party from within.
Here’s that letter:
Seeing yet another lie emanating from Memory Booysen comes as no surprise. Since he assumed the position of Executive Mayor of Bitou Municipality, he has proved to be a compulsive liar and downright dishonest. A prime example being his SUV. It seems that on almost every occasion that arises, Booysen lies his way out of trouble.
From the outset, the DA and, in particular, Liz Mundell and Donald Grant, have done everything in their power to divert attention and to cover up the wrong doing and the lies. They actively support him instead of taking a principled stand and holding him to account. This after they and the DA promised that they will give us “accountability, responsiveness and openness in government.”
Their own party constitution requires that its councillors display the highest standard of ethics. That I assume would, at the very least, include not lying repeatedly. The DA luminaries, from his colleagues on council to Helen Zille, know exactly what is going on, but turn a blind eye.
At this point due to Booysen’s repeated and proven dishonesty, the credibility and integrity of the DA and its leadership, especially those closest involved, Liz Mundell, Donald Grant and his fellow DA councillors, must be in tatters for the normal thinking citizen.
Coming back to his fellow councillors…
They undoubtedly know what is going on. They know about all the irregularities. They know about the lies and the cover-ups. They are bound by their oath of office to uphold the law and to do their jobs as councillors to the best of their ability.
You would therefore reasonably expect that they would not put up with Booysen’s corrupt government.
Sadly, they have deliberately chosen not to do anything about it. Where does Mr Eybers’ ward councillor stand in all this? Why has he not taken the DRASTIC actions that are available to him as councillor and DA party member to resolve the issues and ensure that Booysen is held accountable? He draws the salary he is paid to do the job, but does not do it.
Not a single one of the governing councillors has a shred of credibility and integrity left.
EXCEPT Adam van Rhyner.
He clearly came to the conclusion that he can no longer turn a blind eye to Booysen and the DA’s shenanigans.
He had the integrity and guts to stand up to them and say, “Enough is enough. I go no further with this.”
He obviously came to the conclusion that he no longer had confidence in Booysen and the DA to govern the Bitou Municipality to the standards required by the Constitution or even their own undertakings.
What was he, or any rational thinking person to do under those circumstances?
Coalition agreement or no coalition agreement, there is only one rational and logical response. That is to do what he did. Come out with it and say loudly, clearly and effectively, “I HAVE NO CONFIDENCE IN THE MAYOR AND THE DA.”
I have little doubt that he will now be vilified and kicked out of COPE, on some pretext or another, and the Bitou council. They will slaughter the messenger.
He will be replaced by a hand-picked useful idiot who questions nothing, has no integrity and above all does not rock the Booysen/DA boat.
Life will return to normal and Booysen and the DA will continue in their corrupt government of Bitou.
Who is in charge here?
NO. We, the people, are.
Why aren’t we doing anything but whingeing?
What are the voters who put Booysen and Donald Grant in power doing?
What are the paid up DA members who put Liz Mundell in power in Plett doing?
Why do none of the DA members insist that their party office bearers and public representatives are held to account to the very high standards they set for themselves in their constitution?
Dear DA members, the problem is easily solved. The solution is in your hands as DA party members. All you have to do is insist that those who you have put there through your party are held accountable. Get rid of them for everybody’s sake. PLEASE!!
NB: Please note that i, as Knysna Keep, don’t support or oppose Adam van Rhyner who is currently the Deputy Mayor of Bitou Municipality. I don’t know enough about the man except that he performed badly in the last elections and was awarded a Councillor’s seat on a technicality.