Di­ce rolls and falls in Was­ser­man’s fa­vour

Con­ten­der one step clo­ser to ma­yo­ral se­at as Mar­tin Young re­signs

Knysna-Plett Herald - - News | Nuus - Ya­seen Gaf­far

The DA's Mar­tin Young re­sig­ned last week as Knys­na coun­cil­lor ef­fecti­ve F­ri­day 2 No­vem­ber – which pa­ves the way for Mi­chel­le Was­ser­man to be sworn in in his pla­ce ear­lier than i­ni­ti­al­ly ex­pected.

Young said in his re­sig­na­ti­on let­ter that it was with a “mix­tu­re of ex­ci­te­ment and sad­ness” that he sub­mit­ted his re­sig­na­ti­on “to pur­sue an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­ni­ty in po­li­cy de­ve­lop­ment in Ca­pe To­wn”.

“The past two y­e­ars as a DA coun­cil­lor ha­ve been ex­ci­ting and at ti­mes very chal­len­ging. With t­his new op­por­tu­ni­ty in Ca­pe To­wn it me­ans that our ma­yor-e­lect, Mi­chel­le Was­ser­man, can be sworn in ear­lier and start the pro­cess of get­ting Knys­na back on track.”

Ja­co Londt, DA We­stern Ca­pe East Re­gi­on chair, re­le­a­sed a sta­te­ment saying t­his o­pens the door for Was­ser­man to be sworn in as a coun­cil­lor af­ter she was e­lected as the DA’s ma­yo­ral can­di­da­te fol­lo­wing a tho­rough se­lecti­on pro­cess w­he­re six mem­bers put their na­mes for­ward to be con­si­de­red as ma­yor.

“The DA coun­cil­lors in Knys­na will now put in pla­ce the ne­ces­sa­ry steps to e­lect the new ma­yor at a coun­cil meet­ing,” sta­ted Londt.

W­hen as­ked to e­la­bo­ra­te, Londt on­ly said that all DA mem­bers are ex­pected to re­spect and ad­he­re to the out­co­mes of the par­ty pro­ces­ses.

One mo­re hurd­le to o­ver­co­me

The­re does, ho­we­ver, re­main one mo­re hurd­le for Was­ser­man be­fo­re she as­cends the chair as le­a­der of Knys­na’s com­mu­ni­ty.

Cur­rent ma­yor Mark Wil­lem­se said the on­ly way Was­ser­man would be a­ble to be­co­me ma­yor is for him to re­sign or be re­mo­ved via a mo­ti­on of no con­fi­den­ce. “The par­ty has writ­ten to Cl­lr Wil­lem­se to do his bit to fa­ci­li­ta­te the a­bo­ve,” Londt said, and re­fer­red to the sta­te­ment by the par­ty’s fe­de­ral coun­cil chair Ja­mes Sel­fe in which it is sta­ted that the DA’s Fe­de­ral Le­gal Com­mis­si­on’s de­ci­si­on to up­hold Wil­lem­se’s ap­pe­al to his con­victi­on of mis­con­duct will be pla­ced un­der re­view.

Re­ad mo­re a­bout Wil­lem­se’s success­ful ap­pe­al el­se­w­he­re on t­his pa­ge.

As­ked if he would re­sign, Wil­lem­se said, “I ha­ve no com­ment on that,” ad­ding that meet­ings with DA le­a­ders­hip in the co­ming weeks would cla­ri­fy his po­si­ti­on going for­ward.

Ma­ny in­si­ders say Wil­lem­se is un­li­ke­ly to re­sign in the ne­ar fu­tu­re. Me­an­w­hi­le, the DA last week in­structed Wil­lem­se to re­sign from his po­si­ti­on as coun­cil­lor in the Gar­den Rou­te Dis­trict Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty (for­mer­ly E­den), Wil­lem­se con­fir­med.

Wil­lem­se was pre­vi­ous­ly S­pea­ker at the dis­trict mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty but re­sig­ned af­ter being e­lected ma­yor in Knys­na. He re­mai­ned coun­cil­lor until last week.

“I am no lon­ger a coun­cil­lor at the dis­trict mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty,” sta­ted Wil­lem­se, who al­so con­fir­med that the par­ty has re­pla­ced him with for­mer Knys­na ma­yor E­le­a­no­re Bouw-S­pies.

P­ho­to: Sup­p­lied

The DA’s pre­fer­red choi­ce for the po­si­ti­on of Knys­na ma­yor, Mi­chel­le Was­ser­man.

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