The Knysna Undemocratic Alliance (DA) has banned me from their Facebook for asking a question they do not want to answer.
They keep digging themselves and democracy deeper into the dark, away from factual debate and responsibility, reinforcing their political party’s one-way tunnel with dictatorial arrogance.
The DA made a post about the ISDF. It’s full name is the Integrated Strategic Development Framework. It’s the long-term plan for Knysna, first said to involve 30 years, now readjusted on Facebook to be relevant up to 2030. It’s possibly important to the whole Western Cape because Knysna has been rumoured to be the DA’s test case for all towns and cities.
As it decides everything, from where businesses are placed to where people settle and what the urban edge is, it’s integrity is vital. In the wrong hands, wrongful profits can be made.
The ISDF has been held up for 3 years, mired in controversy because the original tender wasn’t given to the winning bidder. The wrongful situation was reinforced by various wrongful actions by lumineered DA politicians from Knysna to Cape Town who seemingly took sides with big business against the public interest. Complaints against them currently sit with the Public Protector and Parliament. It will undoubtedly be one of the issues presented against suspended Municipal Manager Grant Easton who is facing his disciplinary hearing on Valentine’s Day. Instead of the DA being in the dock with him, they decide his fate.
So, this week, when the DA told the public to look at the ISDF plan, conveniently ignoring the unresolved controversy, i made the “fatal” mistake of asking the following reasonable question:
“It’s beginning was an illegal tender. The protest against that has led to the hold-up of ISDF implementation for years. Please explain where we stand with the investigation. Is MEC Bredell’s, then Mayor Wolmarans’, and the Planning Department’s and the Legal Department’s role being questioned too? Please show that this is no longer being whitewashed or conveniently (and only) dumped on suspended Municipal Manager Easton. Please identify yourself when answering. Thank you – www.knysnakeep.org/minister-anton-bredell-mayor-georlene-wolmarans-knysna-tender-scandal-1.”
When the DA deleted my comment, i questioned them on it, saying that poor actions will be reacted to.
They deleted my comment… and a third…
…and made a new post saying that i was banned for “grandstanding”.
Not content with their infringement of freedom of speech, responsibility and their own constitution, they dug themselves deeper with a long comment saying that the public should consider a poll to decide whether i’m right or wrong, and that they will take it to their Constituency to decide whether to support or not. It must be considered as threat. They’d rather say something as daft as that on their biased page instead of simply answering a simple question or debating with evidence.
Know your deceitful, Undemocratic Alliance.