Londt chairs re­gi­on for se­cond term

George Herald - - VOORBLAD - Mi­chel­le Pie­naar

The DA MP Ja­co Londt has won a se­cond term as chai­r­per­son of the East Re­gi­on with e­a­se. His po­si­ti­on was chal­len­ged by E­den Ma­yor Me­mo­ry Booy­sen, but mo­re than dou­ble of their DA col­le­a­gues vo­ted for Londt. They we­re the on­ly two can­di­da­tes up for the po­si­ti­on. Londt won with 67,3% (173 vo­tes), whi­le Booy­sen ma­na­ged to se­cu­re 32,7% (84) of the vo­tes. The vo­ting took pla­ce at the DA We­stern Ca­pe East Re­gi­o­nal Con­gress in Har­ten­bos on Sa­tur­day 23 Sep­tem­ber. The East Re­gi­on stret­ches from Gra­bouw in the west and Mur­rays­burg in the north-east to U­ni­on­da­le and The Crags in the east.

Booy­sen was e­lected as one of three de­pu­ty chairs, al­ong with Knys­na Ma­yor E­le­a­no­re Bouw-S­pies and An­ne­lie Ra­bie. MP Ter­tuis Sim­mers is the new se­cre­ta­ry for the East Re­gi­on. The rest of the po­si­ti­ons are: Dirk Kot­ze on fi­nan­ce and Ru­dolph S­mit as the re­pre­sen­ta­ti­ve for the As­so­ci­a­ti­on of De­mo­cra­tic Al­li­an­ce Coun­cil­lors (A­dac). The four ad­di­ti­o­nal mem­bers are Hes­se­qua Ma­yor Grant Ridd­les, Su­meia N­dayi, Kan­na­land S­pea­ker A­let­ta T­heron and Ge­or­ge Coun­cil­lor S­tag Cron­jé. The two non­pu­blic re­pre­sen­ta­ti­ves are S­haun

Mey­ers and El­ri­co van Rooy­en.

Par­ty to pro­vi­de bet­ter o­ver­view

"I will ne­ver ex­pect so­meo­ne to do so­mething if I'm not pre­pa­red to do it my­self. But w­hen I do it, I ex­pect e­ver­yo­ne to stand to­get­her and you to do your bit as well," said Londt af­ter his e­lecti­on.

Londt said w­he­re the par­ty is in po­wer, it should pro­vi­de bet­ter o­ver­view through their re­gi­o­nal and pro­vin­ci­al le­a­ders­hip. "We can't af­ford to win a mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty and then go­vern bad­ly. As the East Re­gi­on we must do our part to con­tri­bu­te to a two-thi­rds ma­jo­ri­ty in the We­stern Ca­pe. We al­so need to get the ANC un­der 50% on a na­ti­o­nal le­vel and gi­ve the DA a chan­ce to form a na­ti­o­nal go­vern­ment."

Londt said the East Re­gi­on of­ten draws the short end of the stick. "It is up to my­self and the Re­gi­o­nal Exe­cu­ti­ve to ma­ke su­re we get a fair share of the re­sour­ces, to ma­ke a bet­ter im­pact.

"We ba­si­cal­ly re­a­ched all our tar­gets in our first term. I am gra­te­ful that the vast ma­jo­ri­ty of the de­le­ga­tes chec­ked my re­cord and felt I de­ser­ve to con­ti­nue and build on the pre­vi­ous succes­ses." Booy­sen left for S­we­den last Sun­day (24 Sep­tem­ber) to at­tend a two-day con­gress in S­tock­holm.

Dis­ban­ded bran­ches 're­a­dy to talk'

Se­ver­al dis­ban­ded DA bran­ches in Ge­or­ge we­ren't al­lo­wed to send re­pre­sen­ta­ti­ves to the con­gress. On­ly eig­ht bran­ches ha­ve been gi­ven per­mis­si­on to send re­pre­sen­ta­ti­ves, the rest didn't ma­ke the cut du­ring an au­dit e­ar­lier t­his y­e­ar by the DA's Fe­de­ral Exe­cu­ti­ve Au­di­tor.

Wi­de­spre­ad un­hap­pi­ness re­sul­ted w­hen it ca­me to lig­ht that the­se bran­ches will not be a­ble to cast a vo­te du­ring the con­gress.

Mar­chell K­leyn­hans, a no­mi­nee for the po­si­ti­on of se­cre­ta­ry and for­mer Ge­or­ge coun­cil­lor, was the main com­plai­nant. K­leyn­hans said on Tu­es­day that all le­gal pro­ces­ses con­si­de­red by dis­grunt­led mem­bers are now on ice. "The DA le­a­ders­hip in­di­ca­ted that they would li­ke to dis­cuss the mat­ter and try to re­ach a so­lu­ti­on. I re­al­ly think it's im­por­tant that we re­ach a so­lu­ti­on. At the end of the day I am still a loy­al DA mem­ber. We re­spect the e­lecti­on and we ha­ve trust in the par­ty. We sup­port Sim­mers 100% in his ro­le as se­cre­ta­ry."

Chair­man of the DA Fe­de­ral Exe­cu­ti­ve Com­mit­tee Ja­mes Sel­fe con­fir­med that K­leyn­hans has agreed to drop his chal­len­ge of the pro­ces­ses that pre­ce­ded the con­gress. "He [K­leyn­hans] has sho­wn much ma­tu­ri­ty and wis­dom in put­ting the pro­ject of sa­ving South A­fri­ca in 2019 a­he­ad of his own in­te­rest," said Sel­fe.

I will ne­ver ex­pect so­meo­ne to do so­mething if I’m not pre­pa­red to do it my­self.

The DA’s new Re­gi­o­nal Exe­cu­ti­ve Ma­na­ge­ment. In front, from left are Me­mo­ry Booy­sen (2nd de­pu­ty chair), An­ne­lie Ra­bie (3rd de­pu­ty chair) and E­le­a­no­re Bouw-S­pies (1st de­pu­ty chair). At the back are A­let­ta T­heron (3rd ad­di­ti­o­nal mem­ber), Ja­co Londt (re­gi­o­nal chair), S­haun Mey­ers (Fe­de­ral Coun­cil de­le­ga­te), Ter­tuis Sim­mers (se­cre­ta­ry), Grant Ridd­les (1st ad­di­ti­o­nal mem­ber) and Dirk Kot­zé (fi­nan­ce chair). Ab­sent: El­ri­co van Rooy­en and Su­meia N­dayi.

Londt gets the roy­al tre­at­ment from his sup­por­ters af­ter the an­noun­ce­ment was ma­de last Sa­tur­day.

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