Wran­gle with Knysna mayor on hold

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - NEWS - TSHEGO LEPULE

THE DA is re­treat­ing to strate­gise af­ter their oust­ing in the Beau­fort West mu­nic­i­pal­ity coun­cil to for­mu­late a way for­ward on the dis­ci­plinary hear­ing of de­fi­ant Knysna mayor Mark Willemse.

This fol­lows a week of mo­tions of no con­fi­dence against two of its may­ors in the South­ern Cape and Ka­roo, one sup­ported by the pro­vin­cial lead­er­ship against Willemse, and an­other against an en­tire DA ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil in Beau­fort West, pav­ing the way for the re­turn of Tru­man Prince as deputy mayor. Yesterday, Willemse and for­mer deputy mayor Peter My­ers’ dis­ci­plinary hear­ings were ad­journed.

My­ers faces charges over al­le­ga­tions he dis­closed priv­i­leged and con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion in a coun­cil meet­ing.

He was re­moved from his post in Oc­to­ber last year in a motion of no con­fi­dence ini­ti­ated by his own party, but claimed it was be­cause he spoke out against then mayor Eleanore Bouw-Spies.

Willemse is charged with mis­con­duct for re­fus­ing to va­cate the post of mayor he was ap­pointed to by an ANCstrong coun­cil last month fol­low­ing Bouw-Spies’ oust­ing.

In Beau­fort West, Prince said he be­lieved the ANC’s coali­tion with the Ka­roo Demo­cratic Force (KDF), which en­abled the ANC’s re­turn to power in the coun­cil, would last.

This was af­ter DA mayor Japie van der Linde, deputy mayor De­lene Slab­bert and coun­cil speaker Euna Wentzel were re­moved from the coun­cil and the KDF’s Noel Con­sta­ble be­came the new mayor.

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