DA ad­ver­ti­ses for new ma­yor

Knysna-Plett Herald - - Voorblad - Ya­seen Gaf­far

The We­stern Ca­pe pro­vin­ci­al of­fi­ce of the DA has ma­de a call for ap­pli­ca­ti­ons for the po­si­ti­on of ma­yor in Knys­na – despi­te the fact that cur­rent ma­yor Mark Wil­lem­se is yet to re­sign or gi­ve any in­di­ca­ti­on that he will re­sign from his po­si­ti­on.

The call, on 28 Au­gust, sti­pu­la­tes that the fe­de­ral exe­cu­ti­ve (Fe­dEx) has re­sol­ved that the ma­yo­ral po­si­ti­on be ad­ver­ti­sed and is ad­dres­sed to the pro­vin­ci­al and re­gi­o­nal exe­cu­ti­ve com­mit­tees, con­sti­tu­en­cy he­ads, chai­r­per­sons, exe­cu­ti­ves, as well as DA mem­bers.

Ap­pli­ca­ti­ons clo­sed at mid­nig­ht on 3 Sep­tem­ber.

Ac­cor­ding to DA pro­vin­ci­al com­mu­ni­ca­ti­ons ma­na­ger O­det­te Ca­son, the ad­vert is le­gi­ti­ma­te and fol­lows the dis­ci­pli­na­ry he­a­rings in which Wil­lem­se was found guil­ty of mis­con­duct and as­ked to re­sign or fa­ce ter­mi­na­ti­on of DA mem­bers­hip.

“The­se sancti­ons in­clu­de that coun­cil­lor Wil­lem­se must accept, as per the out­co­mes of the fe­de­ral exe­cu­ti­ve, that a pro­cess to se­lect a new ma­yo­ral can­di­da­te for Knys­na will be in­sti­tu­ted. Wil­lem­se will need to re­sign as ma­yor at le­ast two days be­fo­re the in­ter­views for the ma­yo­ral can­di­da­te. He must al­so re­mo­ve coun­cil­lor Pe­ter My­ers as a mem­ber of the ma­yo­ral com­mit­tee,” re­ads a sta­te­ment from Ca­son.

Both Wil­lem­se and Pe­ter My­ers ha­ve until this F­ri­day (7 Sept) to accept the sancti­ons or ap­pe­al a­gainst the pro­vin­ci­al exe­cu­ti­ve com­mit­tee’s de­ci­si­on to the Fe­de­ral Le­gal Com­mis­si­on (FLC).

My­ers in­di­ca­ted last week that should he de­ci­de to ap­pe­al, one of the cour­ses of acti­on o­pen to him would be to seek to ha­ve the en­ti­re fin­ding of mis­con­duct o­ver­tur­ned by the FLC. Wil­lem­se is ex­pected to fol­low suit.

The acti­ons a­gainst the two DA coun­cil­lors fol­low a coun­cil meet­ing of 6 Ju­ne 2018, in which coun­cil­lor E­le­a­nor Bou­wS­pies was ou­sted as ma­yor and Wil­lem­se was vo­ted in­to in her po­si­ti­on. Wil­lem­se and My­ers vo­ted with the ANC to re­mo­ve Bouw-S­pies as ma­yor – which led to the dis­ci­pli­na­ry acti­on being ta­ken a­gainst them.

W­hen as­ked if he thoug­ht this was in poor tas­te sin­ce he ha­sn’t re­sig­ned yet, Wil­lem­se said on­ly that this was part of a pro­cess that the DA fol­lows w­hen se­lecting a ma­yor. He said that this doe­sn’t me­an he was going to re­sign, “I’m still ta­king le­gal ad­vi­ce on the si­tu­a­ti­on,” said Wil­lem­se.

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