This is a continuation of how absurd the Democratic Alliance’s and the Knysna Municipality’s response was to Parliament regarding my allegations of corruption and maladministration in Knysna’s local government and Knysna Tourism…
Strangely, as the leading political party is supposed to be oversight, Mayor Georlene Wolmarans handed over the presentation and rebuttal Knysna Tourism section to Grant Easton, the Municipal Manager.
Easton referred the Committee to service level agreements (SLA) signed with Knysna Tourism in 2010 and with Knysna & Partners, it’s reincarnation, in 2015.
He did so as if that was sufficient proof that they were practicing accountability and that there was nothing wrong.
Gross deception by the Democratic Alliance…
2.1 Their pretense at accountability is easily dismissed by the fact that the organisation ran at a loss for the four years in between the periods he mentioned.
2.2 The organisation also failed to spend 20% of it’s budget on development as was required by the SLA.
2.3 The organisation illegally loaned the public funds they received to private businesses.
2.4 Most importantly, they illegally funded Knysna Tourism’s debt with public funds.
It’s a glaring failure of the Knysna Municipality that they never suspended their funding of Knysna Tourism despite it repeatedly failing and breaking the SLA.
It’s an insult to Knysna that Mayor Georlene Wolmarans is happy to allow the lies to perpetuate. By not owning the mistake and nobly fixing it as soon as they could, they’ve mixed themselves into a much bigger problem that questions the heart and agenda of the Democratic Alliance.