As promised in Liar, Liar, Your Pants on Fire, here’s what happened with Helen Zille at the DA meeting in The Loft at the Knysna Yacht Club. This is what the Cape Argus and the Knysna-Plett Herald excluded, the latter proving once-and-for-all, through cowardice, that they are a propaganda tool for the ruling party of our town and that getting their advertising cash is more important than the truth. I express deep disgust with strong words because it’s a newspaper’s duty to report not distort. Whether you like or dislike what happened, newspapers are not suppose to fudge the facts.
It was a hot walk from Helen Zille’s bussed-in, coloured welcome in Nelson Street to where the DA were to host Helen beside the Knysna Estuary. There i found white people… and white people. Approximately 40 of them, mostly retirees, their number seeming to be the yin of Helen’s B.E.E. photo shoot’s yang in the taxi rank. I’m white so i enjoy as much of white culture as i do older people who have wisdom and great tales to share but it would turn out that the majority, who booed me, were the other sort that has always threatened our country: conservative and bias, as hypocritical as the liberal DA party that is anything but liberal. I make this point because when Helen eventually spoke it would be mostly about the ‘awesome’ multi-racial (or non-racial’), DA.
It begs me to remind you that the DA’s Councillor Wasserman (Knysna’s Speaker nogal) is probably one of the few in South Africa to hold separate meetings in her Ward, one for the white people on Leisure Isle and the Eastern Head, and another for the Coloured people in Hornlee i.e. the DA has a damn strange idea of what non-racial means.
In fact, there wasn’t a single coloured or black person when i walked into that hall. Peter Myers, the new 2nd-in-charge of the DA constituency would have you believe otherwise in his attacks on me in this blog but the photographs here will stop his lie.
The first non-white to arrive was an Indian staff member to Helen Zille’s motorcade (which also included Minister Alan Winde). Following them would be a black lady called Matt Knil who would stand behind the table, behind Helen, seeming very much like part of the DA constituency (she was with them at the taxi rank too – i make this point as her duplicity will pop up when i get to the blog about the meeting that followed). About 10 of the coloured ladies from the taxi rank photo shoot would be left to find the venue and arrive halfway through the meeting to discover their disappointment in not being able to ask Helen questions (the reason why they came). Looking at the photos, some of these ladies would eventually take the only free space available which was to the back, on the left, behind where Dee and Helen would take turns standing. The others and 1 black man would squeeze in, diagonally opposite, in the doorway.
Dee Hollely, the Ward Committee member who illegally would not take my queries regards the ISDF and Knysna Tourism, seemed to be the organiser of this shin-dig and she would occasionally pop to the front of the hall and apologise for Helen being late.
Then Helen Zille arrived and cameras clicked again…
After the hellos and hugs accorded Helen’s arrival, she said: “I could give a speech but I’m more interested in what people have to say… hearing your problems.” She said that and more to substantiate it but no one asked a question she launched into a speech about the DA being the party for racial unity in South Africa and –
Read Part 2 here.