DA Disciplinary proceedings

The DA disciplinary proceeding of Mayor Willemse and Councillor Myers concluded Friday afternoon. The Panel found both defendants guilty of having broken the rule requiring that all caucus members vote with the caucus, even though it found that they had voted their conscience. It only found them guilty on that one count: of having failed to vote with their caucus.

Here are the Panel’s recommended sentences, based on notes taken when the recommendation was read out.

Mayor Mark Willemse: Membership in the DA is terminated immediately, however, the sentence is suspended provided that:
1- he removes Councillor Myers from the Mayco within ten days of acceptance of the recommendation by the Provincial Executive Committee,
2 – all media releases be approved beforehand by the Provincial Executive Committee,
3 – he agrees to go through the DA’s formal mayoral selection process, and if he is not picked, he immediately resigns as mayor.

Violation of any of conditions 1, 2 or 3 lifts the suspension of the sentence and his termination as a DA member takes immediate effect.

Councillor Peter Myers: Membership in the DA is terminated immediately, however, the sentence is suspended provided that:
1- he henceforth attends all caucus meetings,
2- he resigns from the Mayco within 10 days of acceptance of the Panel’s recommendation by the Provincial Executive Committee,
3- he diligently adheres to the DA’s social media policy.

Violation of any of conditions 1, 2 or 3 lifts the suspension of the sentence and his termination as a DA member takes immediate effect.

The Panel was composed of Chairman Leroux and two other members: Mrs Rabe, and Mr America. Mrs Rabe is the mayor of Prince Albert, and Mr Derrick America is the head of the provincial disciplinary committee. The Committee Assistant (effectively the prosecutor) was Mr Anton Coetzee.