Another secret recording, this time of Lieutenant Colonel James Selfe. He’s the third big Democratic Alliance (DA) name to be involved in illegal, political interference in Oudtshoorn. If you don’t know who he is, you don’t understand the forces that control the DA and, especially, the Western Cape. I previously labelled him as the Mafia Boss of the DA.
Although Zille had a fight with him, and she has taken his position as DA Federal Executive Chair (DA FedEx), he obviously still plays a major role in the party. He’s their lead operator dealing with local governments, what we more commonly refer to as municipalities. It appears that his objective is to implement DA strategy rather than help DA councillors make their municipalities stronger. In the Western Cape, that will require him working with Zille’s ex-right-hand men, Premier Alan Winde (owner of undeveloped property in Knysna) and MEC Local Government Anton Bredell (the previous Commander of the SANDF in Oudtshoorn). Both are large DA figures too.
It’s my belief that what’s happening in Oudtshoorn is part of a nefarious strategy used against several towns. Essentially, corrupt allies of the DA are protected. DA members who don’t agree to the DA FedEx’s plan are expelled. If that doesn’t provide the control needed, or if more votes are needed for next election, the DA illegally works with the Western Cape Government to try put the towns under administration by the province (which is controlled by the DA).
Mayor Colan Sylvester came under attack by the DA when he had Webber Wentzel investigate the DA FedEx’s Municipal Manager Allen Paulse. The resulting report also fingers several DA councillors for illegality. In response, the DA’s hitmen, the Federal Legal Commission, held a disciplinary against Sylvester. Sylvester protested loudly, and quit.
Last week, DA Speaker Julia Le Roux cancelled the Council Meeting that would have dealt with the second report allegedly implicating her. Unlike Sylvester, she’s seen as a DA FedEx ally.
It must be strongly emphasised that politicians are not allowed to interfere in the Administration of a Municipality. They’re not allowed to have a Municipal Manager whose job is only supposed to be that of servant to the Public. And politicians are only supposed to be our representatives.
This is the transcript of the above recording which becomes proof of political interference and corruption being protected by the DA. James Selfe states:
“I wrote this letter to Colan Sylvester on 15th May 2019. I said: ‘Dear Mayor Sylvester, I’d like to draw your attention to a resolution by the DA Federal Executive at its meetings on 30th September/1st October 2016 at which it, inter alia, resolved that, quote, “The appointments of senior strategic or political staff, such as the director general, municipal manager or chief of staff, in the Premier or Mayor’s office, will be discussed with the Federal Executive.” Unquote. This is to ensure that the persons appointed are fit for purpose and capable of interpreting the partner’s mandate. It has come to my attention that you’re seeking to convene a council meeting to suspend the Municipal Manager. The Federal Executive has not been informed about why this is necessary, and hasn’t given permission for such a motion to be passed. I would therefore request that you cease and desist from moving any motions involving the removal or suspension of any political office bearer or senior staff member. All such contemplative motion should be discussed with the Federal Executive…”
Notably, James Selfe doesn’t mention the corruption. The DA’s guillotine aimed to behead the person reporting the corruption.
A DA councillor informed me that James Selfe attended that meeting in George wherein Bredell tried to get Oudtshoorn’s DA councillors to join him in a plot. That was the first secret recording to be exposed.
I will publish and summarise the Webber Wentzel investigation later today. An update on Knysna and Bredell is needed too.
Note: Oudtshoorn councillors bizarrely and unConstitutionally do not have their contact details on the Municipality’s website. They’re encouraged to contact me with their response, or with information.
This is #Day 16 of my 100 Days of Activism against Corruption.