Cape traffic chief fired for wartalk against Boers

Witzenberg traffic superintendent Winsten Koeries Dusautoir  has been fired from his job: he said on his Facebook page — at the height of the farm-strikes in Western Cape last year — that he wanted to ‘pick up the AK47’…’I am dead-serious when I say we must pick up the AK47. The f**g DA wants to turn the West Cape into a Boere province’  (details below)

‘He never showed any remorse for his comment,’ said  examining official Annalene de Beer, executive director for corporate services at Drakenstein Municipality, as quoted by the Worcester Standard newspaper.

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  Above: he said in a facebook discussion with friends while writing about the farm-strike: “It looks like we must again pick up our AK47s here in the fucking Western Cape. I am sick of farmers and the DA.’ … ‘The fucking farmers know who our leaders are, and now our leaders are being targeted… ‘I am dead-serious when I say we must pick up the AK47. The fucking DA wants to make the Western Cape a province for Boere’.”

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August 1 2013 Winsten Koeries, the Witzenberg traffic-superintendent, was fired from his post for his comment on his own Facebook page — at the height of the farm-violence in January last year — that he wanted ‘to take up the AK47 and was serious about it.’ Koeries’ comments were widely reported (amongst others in The Times , CensorbugbearOrg and Boere Krisis Aksie.

The result of the internal hearing against Koeries was reported by journalist  Hilderine Schroder of the Worcester Standard newspaper in the Western Cape. She quoted Municipal manager David Nasson as commenting after Koeries was fired, that ‘this matter was viewed in a serious light from the very outset. This was nothing personal against Koeries.”

Koeries faced a long drawn out internal investigation after he was charged with inappropriate behaviour, writes Schroder in The Standard. The examining official in the case, Annalene de Beer – the executive director of corporative services at Drakenstein Municipality – found Koeries ‘grossly negligent (grof nalatig’) and that he had ‘badly damaged the image of Witzenberg Municipality”..

Koeries kept claiming that ‘his comment was quoted out of context.’ Ms De Beer’s finding was that the complaint against Koeries was ‘very serious: despite his long service record and the fact that he is a first-offender” she also found that he ‘never showed any remorse for his comment’.  De Beer found that ‘the municipality had no other choice left except to end his service-contract with him’.

Witzenberg’s municipal manager David Nasson commented that this matter was ‘viewed in a serious light from the start. The result is ‘nothing personal against Koeries’, he said. “We only looked at the merits of the case. “The incident created very negative publicity for the municipality.”

Nasson also said that Koeries could have appealed against the ruling until last Friday – but that he did not do so.Koeries reportedly denies this, saying he had ‘given his trade union orders to appeal’.  If he cannot appeal against the finding he will turn to the Commission for Arbritration for a ruling. Koeries said he was ‘very unhappy about the ruling.’ “This case was political from the start’,  he reportedly said.

He was under the impression, he reportedly claimed, that the prosecutor and the examining official were members of the South African Association for Local Government. (SALGA).  “I only found out later she’s a member of the Democratic Alliance,’ he was reported as saying in the Worcester Standard article.

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http://www.worcesterstandard.com/77278/news-details/uitlatings-kos-hom-sy-werk

http://www.timeslive.co.za/local/2013/01/cop-investigated-for-facebook-post-calling-for-farm-violence 

http://www.censorbugbear.org/africa/south-africa/hatespeech-against-boers-in-southern-africa-jan-2012

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Boere-Krisis-Aksie-BKA/116298045063416?ref=ts&fref=ts

About Adriana Stuijt
Retired South African-Dutch journalist formerly Sunday Times Johannesburg

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