Mayor Georlene Wolmarans and Deputy Mayor Esmé Edge have taken digs at me in the Knysna-Plett Herald this week. Attempts to discredit me are not the same as earning credit by answering the tough questions!
They have also misrepresented facts so as to distance themselves from problematic issues.
I correct them in 6 points but request that you please pop over to read Wolmarans’ interview online (you’ll see my comments there too):
1. Regards me, Mayor Georlene Wolmarans cannot speak of ‘balance’ and ‘both sides’ when some DA councillors and Municipal Manager Lauren Waring have banned communication with me for years. The same fact opposes her claim to an “open-door policy” that she’s still using as a mantra. Have i used strong language – yes! Is that an excuse for their failure to look into issues – no! Surely leaders must be made of stronger stuff?
2. In the print edition of the newspaper there’s an accompanying article entitled ‘Team’s Effort to Explain’. In it it is said that Deputy Mayor Esmé Edge presented a “detailed” document on their “failed attempts to engage with Wicked Mike” – as the KPH reported such, i must be allowed to see it and respond. It’s undoubtedly out of the bigger context and a matter i’ve challenged them on previously.
3. Note that Wolmarans’ office may not be fancy now but that must be accompanied with the description “yet” – it will be upgraded, as was Lauren Waring’s.
4. Wolmarans says that she doesn’t know Greg Vogt well yet he has been a director of Tourism the whole time she’s been in power. She fully realises how contentious Knysna Tourism is and that i warned her and Edge of maladministration before its bankruptcy. To pretend that she doesn’t know Vogt well is laughable.
5. She’s known about the same problems regarding the ISDF for a very long time yet chose to wait until R2million of taxpayer’s cash had been spent. It’s only after rumblings at provincial level, did she request the investigation. Self-saving or public service?
6. If PG Bison and not the government is to blame for the plight of the poor forest dwellers, then why hasn’t she taken the matter up on a provincial level. There cannot be this non-leadership attitude of, “There’s nothing we can do.”
Rather than be interviewed one-on-one, Wolmarans chose to be accompanied by Edge and an unnamed person who is referred to as “a consultant with strong ties to the DA” – why was this person deliberately not named?