A November 6 email invites supporters of the Democratic Alliance (DA) to a meeting in Plettenberg Bay’s Piesang Valley hall to discuss “the high cost to Bitou of the mayor’s vehicle and his bodyguards”.
It continues: “Articles in the press stating that the mayor’s car is costing ratepayers nearly R60,000 per month are correct. DA councillors noted their strong opposition to this expense and also reported it to the Western Cape MEC for Local Government but, given the statutory powers of an executive mayor, could not stop it.
“Frustratingly, this is not the only instance of wasteful expenditure that DA councillors could not stop. The vast executive power conferred upon an executive mayor by the local government system in SA is serving to utterly frustrate and hamstring the DA in Bitou in exercising its co-governance function effectively.”
The deep concern about this “untenable situation in the current coalition structure” means that the DA’s provincial leadership will meet over the coming weekend to discuss its position going forward, followed by the public meeting in Piesang Valley hall on Monday the 13th at 5:30pm.
The meeting will be addressed by Western Cape MEC for Public Works and Transport, and DA head for Bitou Donald Grant. On the agenda will be the DA/AUF Coalition in relation to DA policies and objectives for clean governance, and an introduction of new policies to be served before the DA Federal Council next year.