Two candidates have so far emerged and will contest a primary election by the registered voters of Ward 2 on Tuesday, October 23.
The candidates will address voters in a joint public meeting where they will also reply to published questions and take questions from the floor.
The meeting will conclude with a closed ballot to elect the candidate.
This real democratic process exposes the flippant appointment of candidates by political parties, based, for the most, on the candidate’s party allegiance and a leadership expectation of control over the candidate.
Political parties appoint candidates that they can control and dismiss those who don’t carry out instructions – even instructions that may be harmful to ratepayers and residents.
The political parties give voters no choice but to elect their representatives from a list forced upon them and they have to accept that a distant political decision can and will remove their choice of representative without even being consulted.
That the management abuse and financial dereliction by the ANC and the DA councils have alarmed residents and ratepayers and damaged Bitou over the past several years, are undisputed.
Francois Geldenhuys and Johann Brummer are two independents that stand for a renewal in local politics where the residents call the shots and not some distant political party leader. Other candidates are encouraged to enter.
In a show of how democracy can be made to empower people, the candidates will present a unified front by accepting the primary result and having the winner progress to challenge the DA on December 5.
The independent candidate, to be determined by the voters of Ward 2, will subscribe to a recall policy.
This means that voters can recall the independent at any time after December 5 and before the next election if they are not satisfied with his performance as a councillor. The independent will be obliged to resign the seat and another by-election will be held.
A vote for a democratically appointed independent candidate can not “split the vote” in favour of one or another political party, as the ANC (which received only 95 votes in Ward 2 on May 18 last year) will probably not contest the ward leaving the contest one between the DA’s Cape Town appointed candidate and an Independent appointed by the people of Ward 2.
The DA and the ANC have had their chances – over and over and over and yet again… It’s time for change; it’s time for the ratepayers and the residents to do the job themselves, the job the DA and the ANC so very obviously can’t do.
The winner of the December 5 by-election in Ward 2 will hold the balance of power in the council.
The independent candidates believe this balance of power belongs in the hands of the voters; the ratepayers; the residents – that such power should be held by the people of Bitou and not by a political party.
December 5 is an opportunity for the people of Bitou to show the entire country what democracy means and how democracy can revive and sustain our land if it is entrusted to the people directly.
“It’s your town. It’s your money. It’s your life. It’s your future. Control it yourself.”
- Joint media release by Hardy Mills and Drewan Baird (issued by DBC)
- No embargo
- Media enquiries: Hardy Mills on 082 894 8223; Drewan Baird on 082 354 2050