Wrangle with Knysna mayor on hold
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.