It’s crazy that the Knysna Municipality and Democratic Alliance (DA) wouldn’t answer Parliament’s questions regarding my allegations of corruption and maladministration at Knysna Tourism. They claimed they couldn’t because Knysna Tourism is a Section 21 company.
That’s the same as the previous Municipal Manager’s unhelpful statement to Public Protector Bruce Wessels:
“We advise that Knysna Tourism is not an entity of the Knysna Municipality nor do we have majority control or shareholding within Knysna Tourism. The Knysna Municipality only provides an annual grant to Knysna Tourism and the relationship between the two parties is regulated by a service level agreement… it should be noted that Knysna Tourism is not a government sector department or entity.”
Then Municipal Manager Lauren Waring falsely claimed that she could not respond (even though she was giving the Knysna Tourism millions of public money and was on its Board of Directors).
They Were Wrong Because…
1.1. The MFMA (Municipal Finance Management Act) demands that all public funds be accountable no matter where it goes.
1.2. Many politicians and municipal staff have held appointments on it’s Board of Directors.
1.3. Knysna Tourism COULD NOT have operated without the bulk of its funding having come from Knysna Municipality.
1.4. Despite Knysna Tourism running in arrears, having been allowed to run with no CEO for 22 months, illegally paying the Chairperson of the Board a salary etc. a municipal staff member and a politician were two of the three people that selected the CEO, a fellow board member, a fellow director who had also failed his oversight role.
No one was punished for their role in the abuse of taxpayer funds. In fact, strangely, people were promoted.
For almost 5 years, there has been no honesty and accountability to the public. Instead, Democratic Alliance (DA) politicians and their friends have run a vicious propaganda campaign against me and taken me to court many times.
This is how the DA has chosen to run Knysna, choosing the abuse of power over the public trust.
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