On 5 February 2013 Cllrs E. Groep and B. Rheeder received an invitation from Mrs. Bashman, Education District Director, Uitenhage, to attend an urgent meeting with the MEC for Education at Ramaphosa Hall in Patensie. The meeting was scheduled for 10:00 am.
Arriving at the venue in Patensie the two Councillors saw members of the Kouga ANC caucus and officials going in and out a house on the other side of the road. A bystander mentioned that he was requested to arrange food for the visitors and the meeting would start later.
Cllrs Groep and Rheeder waited at the Ramaphosa Hall until 12:15 pm and then left due to the fact no MEC or officials arrived at the hall. Members of the public were also leaving. Nobody came to the hall to notify us about changes of the starting time of the meeting.
Travelling 153 kilometres to attend a meeting which resulted in nothing is a wasteful and and who paid for the food?
The DA expects the MEC to apologize to the Kouga community for this sort of haphazard arrangement.