Knys­na DA in­spi­res ‘no con­fi­den­ce’

Knysna-Plett Herald - - News | Nuus - S­te­fan Goo­sen

Af­ter the po­li­ti­cal tur­moil in Knys­na the­se past few weeks, one re­si­dent is ma­king it a­bun­dant­ly cle­ar that he has no con­fi­den­ce in the ru­ling DA par­ty.

On Tu­es­day 31 Oc­to­ber the Knys­na-P­lett He­rald (KPH) re­cei­ved p­ho­tos of this man’s “pro­test”, and al­so a few calls from re­si­dents who no­ti­ced w­hat was going on in Wa­ter­front D­ri­ve.

Out­si­de well-kno­wn Knys­na bu­si­ness Me­te­lerk­amps in Wa­ter­front D­ri­ve, was a black­bo­ard with the words, “Knys­na has no con­fi­den­ce in the Knys­na DA!”.

A­sked for com­ment, Me­te­lerk­amp de­cli­ned. The sign fol­lows a week af­ter Ward 10 coun­cil­lor Pe­ter My­ers was ou­sted as de­pu­ty ma­yor of Knys­na on 25 Oc­to­ber du­ring a spe­ci­al coun­cil meet­ing by his own par­ty, the DA, and af­ter he lis­ted a num­ber of incidents w­he­re he spo­ke out a­gainst w­hat he in­ter­pre­ted as mal­practi­ces.

The­se in­clu­ded the u­nex­plai­ned pay­ment of R4-mil­li­on to Knys­na Tou­rism (pre­vi­ous­ly kno­wn as Knys­na & Part­ners), the al­le­ged use of the ma­yo­ral vehi­cle for pri­va­te pur­po­ses, the sus­pected in­ter­fe­ren­ce by the ma­yor in the debt col­lecti­on and cre­dit con­t­rol po­li­cy af­ter she al­le­ge­d­ly or­de­red the im­me­di­a­te re­con­necti­on of ser­vi­ces to her de­faul­ting neig­hbour’s hou­se, and the que­s­ti­o­na­ble shif­ting of the re­por­ting and o­ver­sig­ht functi­ons to the ma­yor’s of­fi­ce which he vie­wed as a stum­bling block to o­pen­ness and ac­coun­ta­bi­li­ty.

Per­mis­si­on was gi­ven by the fe­de­ral exe­cu­ti­ve (Fe­dEx) of the DA, w­ho­se chair is Ja­mes Sel­fe, for the DA in Knys­na to bring a vo­te of no con­fi­den­ce a­gainst My­ers. We­stern Ca­pe mi­nis­ter of e­co­no­mic op­por­tu­ni­ties Alan Win­de was the one to tell My­ers of this de­ci­si­on, on Mon­day 9 Oc­to­ber.

Sel­fe said the Knys­na DA cau­cus had “lost con­fi­den­ce in Mr My­ers and that pro­ce­du­re was then fol­lo­wed”, ad­ding, “The We­stern Ca­pe exe­cu­ti­ve com­mit­tee con­clu­ded the­re was a bre­ak­do­wn be­t­ween My­ers and the cau­cus.”

Knys­na ANC chief whip Ti­ti Gom­bo said a sign li­ke this is de­fi­ni­te­ly an in­di­ca­ti­on that so­mething is wrong, alt­hough she had not seen the sign her­self. “I can’t re­al­ly com­ment on it, but it de­fi­ni­te­ly me­ans so­mething is wrong. Pe­op­le don’t put signs li­ke that up for no re­a­son,” she said.

Af­ter que­ries we­re sent to both the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty and the Knys­na DA of­fi­ces, Ro­wan S­pies, chair of the DA Knys­na con­sti­tu­en­cy exe­cu­ti­ve com­mit­tee, con­tacted KPH on Wed­nes­day 1 No­vem­ber, sta­ting, “The DA in Knys­na would li­ke our ci­ti­zens to k­now that our Con­sti­tu­ti­on re­spects and pro­tects free­dom of ex­pres­si­on… We wel­co­me par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on in the po­li­ti­cal de­bate, and en­coura­ge pe­op­le to get mo­re in­vol­ved. It is al­so the re­spon­si­bi­li­ty of ci­ti­zens to get per­specti­ve and in­for­ma­ti­on from all si­des, w­he­re­af­ter an in­for­med de­ci­si­on or o­pi­ni­on can be for­med,” he said.

S­pies clo­sed off by en­coura­ging Knys­na ci­ti­zens and vo­ters to get in­vol­ved as mem­bers of the DA, “so they can help shape our path and vi­si­on”.

P­ho­to: Sup­p­lied

This sign was pla­ced out­si­de a bu­si­ness in Wa­ter­front D­ri­ve on Tu­es­day 31 Oc­to­ber.

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