Knysna is in pain, wounded by municipal officials and politicians who have placed self-interest before our interest. We have drifted away from democracy to where our ‘leaders’ have replaced duty and morality with authoritarianism.
In no sane society would questions be met with legal actions intended to force silence yet that is exactly what Deputy Mayor Esme Edge, Councillor Richard Dawson, Knysna Tourism CEO Greg Vogt and CPF Deputy Chair Magda Moos have done to me. Speaker Eleanore Spies has joined their ranks, illegally refusing to answer questions of the most serious nature, instead (bizarrely) writing a letter to the Knysna-Plett Herald last week saying she would not answer – such arrogance. They copy their leadership – as Jacob Zuma won’t answer parliament so Helen Zille won’t answer Knysna in her role the Premier of the Western Cape.
In no fair society would evidence of crimes be so blatantly ignored. In no just society would criminals be rewarded. In a democratic society, EVERYONE would be held accountable.
Why was the ISDF (the 30-year plan for our town) illegally awarded to property developers? Why was Knysna Tourism’s debt illegally funded by ratepayers’ money? Who benefited from the R30-million debt write-off? Why did Knysna Municipality shout ‘clean audit’ but not tell us about over R12-million in tender irregularities the Auditor General reported to Treasury? Why would Mayor Wolmarans try push Grant Easton, the Financial Director involved, into the Municipal Manager’s position? Why would he be prepared to take a R300 000 to R400 000 pay cut to do so? There are these issues and many more…
There is too much cover-up. There is much we need to understand. There is no punishment.
Sadly, the public mostly choose sides by their social circles or the colours of their skin and political parties. Such unthinking loyalty only entrenches the misdeeds of those who were elected to help us… but helped themselves instead. Citizens are the majority so when they are biased or fearful they become the biggest crime of all.
Is there is anyone left in the Western Cape government or any department of policing and justice who believes that the difference between right and wrong is more important than the DA/ANC war for power or the media images they seek to portray? If so, please help us.
I plead with the people of Knysna to realise that opinion should be proportionate to knowledge and belief should be proportionate to action.
Think for yourselves.
Do not be bystanders.
Help your families, friends and yourselves by demanding answers.