This is activism, a continuation of exposing the lies and misleading statements that the Knysna Municipality delivered to Parliament in response to my allegations of corruption and maladministration.
I had invited activist Susan Campbell to accompany me to Cape Town, hoping that she would approach some of the topics differently to me so that my points were further emphasised – she did.
I was unfortunately accustomed to being the subject of online political propaganda attacks but Campbell was suddenly lumped in with me by those i consider to be the enemies of Knysna.
Campbell and i aren’t moral crusading partners. We aren’t friends. We pursue our own issues but compare information when we realise we’re overlapping. We often disagree on each others approach and i avoid some of her acquaintances.
Just the other day, on Women’s Day, i was absolutely mad with her over her defence of a woman i considered to be a bigot. Yet i posted a very complimentary blog about Campbell because, in the bigger picture, she deserved to be applauded. In one way, that is how our Council should work.
Activism can be like what politics should be – it’s necessary to look more at what we have in common rather than where we’re in opposition.
What Campbell and i generally have in common is our intention to pursue right over wrong, and the right of facts over nonsense. To that end it makes perfect sense to sometimes reach for the phone or for a coffee chat.
Let’s head back to Parliament…
Campbell wrote to Parliament that: “I am independent from and do not work with the petitioner [meaning me] and all information and comments were provided by me independently. I was requested to provide information relating to the ISDF tender and the MM appointment and was glad to assist in any process aimed at strengthening our democracy.”
Knysna Municipality and the Democratic Alliance failed to attend that first meeting. They turned up the next time but only after Parliament threatened to arrest them into compliance. Ironically, i wasn’t invited to that meeting and was therefore unable to cut through the nonsense they presented.
But Campbell and i later read some of the documents and listened to an awful recording of the proceedings. We were appalled at how many issues were badly misrepresented. In order to quickly alert Parliament, i asked Campbell if she’d respond to the topics she knew best whilst i worked on the others.
I have already posted her responses regarding the ISDF, the future of our town. After this, i post her responses to the appointment of Grant Easton as Knysna’s Municipal Manager.