Oudtshoorn year-long battle

Rodney Lentit, MPP

DA Western Cape Spokesperson for Environmental Affairs and Development Planning

Honourable Speaker

Allow me to quote from the verdict on the Oudtshoorn year-long battle  by judge Owen Rogers of the Western Cape High Court: “…if they (councillors) cause a municipality to raise meritless claims or put up meritless defences and if as a result their municipality is ordered to pay costs to the other litigant, they may, in terms of Section 32 of the Local Government:  Municipal Finance Management Act 56 of 2003, …become personally liable for deliberately or negligently making or authorising ‘fruitless and wasteful expenditure’…”

Furthermore the judge mentioned that the political factions in this Municipality have allowed their unseemly jockeying for power to distract them from the mandate laid down in the constitution: “They (the councillors) exist for the community, not the other way round.”

The Mayor, Speaker and Mayoral Committee of the Oudtshoorn municipality have wrongfully, unlawfully and illegally held the economical heartbeat of the Klein-Karoo captive and manipulated the power structures of this town for the better part of a year.

Ek doen ‘n beroep op die agbare mnr. Anton Bredell, Minister van Plaaslike Regering om alles in sy mag te doen om te verseker dat die hofonkoste asook die onwettige salaristrekkings deur die ANC en hul trawante terug betaal word en dat die onkostes NIE net aan die belastingbetaler oorgedra sal word nie.

Agbare Speaker, ek sien uit daarna dat die bestuur van Oudtshoorn herstel sal word en in die hande geplaas word van die mense wat deur die kiesers aangewys is as hul regmatig-verkose verteenwoordigers op die Oudshoorn Stadsraad.

Municipalities that are experiencing problems in the Western Cape are those who  not governed by the Democratic Alliance. The twelve reinstated councillors will ensure that Oudtshoorn will be placed on the journey to good governance.

Soos in ander DA-beheerde munisipaliteite in die Wes-Kaap kan die inwoners van Oudtshoorn verseker wees van puik DA-bestuur. Die DA sien uit daarna dat die kroon van die Klein-Karoo weer aan Oudtshoorn toegeken word.