Johan Brummer, the controversial Speaker and DA Councillor for the Plettenberg Bay Municipality, applied for a blanket interdict against local councillors (although his focus was really against the ANC). He also applied for an interdict against Municipal Law Enforcement. Judge Cloete delivered his judgement yesterday, September 28 2011. Result: Brummer lost on all accounts, making this a big victory for JEF (The Justice & Equality Fund), the opposing counsel.
How is this relevant to Knysna? What happens politically in Plett, our neighbour whose a scant 30km away, can affect us. The political situation in Plett has been a media circus much discussed in Knysna. Instability, if allowed to continue, will spread. Plett is one of those places that has the ability to become the spark that starts the fire in South Africa. I have no desire for a Garden Route afire. I prefer flowers.
I’d much rather politicians get over their bickering and get on with their job to make life better for all. But that’s not going to happen lest truth comes first. This case is a perfect example of public perception being lead astray by the media. I’ve no doubt that there’s wrong on both sides but here, in Knysna, the people i spoke to were overwhelmingly on the side of the DA with regards this situation. This proves, as i’ve been stating for months, that the DA is fallible too. ALL politicians, not only the ANC, need to be held accountable.
Furthermore, the costs involved in this court case may run as high as half a million rand [i was later informed that it’d be nearer a million]. With many going hungry or losing their businesses, and money running out for road repairs and more, the Knysna DA cannot afford to put us in a situation where they can be sued and lose. They lose = the public pays. The DA needs to shirk the white knight fantasy they’ve fed to the media and instead become practical, helping hands in the dirt where most of us are. This has to be accompanied by truth, transparency and a willingness to meet and discuss matters with local organizations and involved public.
Judge Cloete’s comments sum up Plett’s DA Speaker as undemocratic, unconstitional and dishonest. That’s far too close for comfort when compared to the Knysna DA’s actions so far.
View the Judgement.