Velile Waxa, a former ANC councillor, seemed an odd choice as coalition partner for the Democratic Alliance (DA). More so when considering that he, as a Knysna Municipality employee, had been suspended for allegedly leading a protest that blocked the N2.
It was strongly rumoured that the DA had given financial assistance to Waxa’s 2016 election campaign. I questioned both Waxa and DA Deputy Mayor Peter Myers. Neither would confirm but neither would they deny. For those who see the DA desperate for black votes at all costs, it’s business as usual (just think of Bitou Mayor Memory Booysen whose sexting scandal never got him investigated but instead promoted to Eden District Mayor with recent talk of him becoming an MP).
Despite Mayoral Candidate Eleonore Bouw Spies’ announcement that the DA had maintained control of the town, a final count proved her wrong. The DA were spoiled for choice but it was Waxa who became their coalition partner, suggesting that either COPE’s Elrick van Aswegen had asked for too much or there was a pre-existing deal with Waxa. At that stage, the ACDP had pissed off the DA and the KUC were newbies.
6 months in, Velile Waxa was booted from the coalition, replaced by the almost invisible, ACDP councillor, Shakespeare Arends. Sometimes looking confused, Arends would raise his hand in vote whenever the DA did so i.e. perfect coalition partner. Arends, like Waxa, refused to act on my evidence of DA corruption (making him no different to the other 20 councillors).
A Special Council Meeting has been called for tomorrow, March 30, at 9am. The agenda includes an item labelled ‘Breach of Code of Conduct for Councillors’. It calls for complaints against Waxa to be taken to the Councillors’ Disciplinary Committee. The complaints are that he allegedly:
- Interfered with procurement processes of the Knysna Municipality by appointing a contractor to effect certain building and clearing works following a fire in the area known as Love Corner.
- Interfered in the administration of the Integrated Human Settlements Department and gave instruction to them to build housing without being authorised to do so.
- Threatened and made racist remarks at a member of the public in Templeman Square.
- Incited violence by encouraging stall owners to threaten the same member of the public who feared that she and her children would be harmed.
Velile Waxa was afforded the opportunity to respond but, despite an extension, failed to reply.
He has also failed to respond for comment on this blog.
NB: I’m a fan of due process and no fan of Waxa but the hypocrisy stinks. I’ve made more serious complaints against DA councillors but none are responded to, let alone taken into disciplinary action. Even if Waxa is guilty, it smells, just a little bit, like coalition revenge…Knysna style.