I currently face 11 legal actions in the Cape Town High Court, George High Court and Knysna Magistrates’ Court which are intended to shut me up and prevent justice being delivered on corrupt politicians and municipal officials in Knysna. The sheer abuse of the law is astounding and defies our Constitution.
Blogging this will undoubtedly result in arguments of sub judice and contempt of court but if i don’t then they will have won before getting to court. Freedom of speech is a right and when it is in the public’s interest (here, it involves the deliberately misspending of public funds) it trumps personal dignity. Politicians claiming defamation as a defence against their crimes should be laughable but it’s who can afford the lawyers’ fees that gains the upperhand in our justice system that doesn’t favour the poor (which includes me).
Seemingly, half the time, public opinion is decided by absurdity and falsehood e.g. the DA can’t be wrong and i must be ANC to defy their presumed Western Cape holiness. Such is more often than not shouted without evidence from fake profiles. Anyone believing in equal rights trumping political hatred would accept my blogging reality where my distaste for ANC corruption is clearly evident. Anyone looking at the greater history of mankind will realise that corruption is a human trait available to every race, religion, political party, corporation and country. A crime is a crime no matter who commits it. The “can’t see the woods from the trees” argument is diluted by repeated criminality and the fear that our entire leadership structure, no matter what it claims to represent, is compromised on behalf of power an big business.
Blatantly, all of these cases have the maladministration of Knysna Tourism in common. For years, the organisation ran at a loss which was illegally covered by grant-in-aids issued from public funds. On the Board of Directors, who were ultimately responsible for the organisation’s conduct, sat many DA Councillors and the ANC Chief Whip. It’s no surprise that both the DA, who rule our town, and the ANC (who are so useless they cannot be called “opposition”) won’t investigate and the Municipality chose to block communication with me. Political image and hanging onto jobs has been placed before morality and duty.
Unstopped crime breeds arrogance which, in turn, breeds bigger crime. Several of the people attacking me have other major issues to answer to. For example, the ISDF, the 30-year plan for our town, was illegally awarded by seriously compromised people to a property company with the most conflict of interest. Furthermore, there are other tender questions, illegal funding of ANC councillor studies and the illegal appointment of Grant Easton as the latest municipal manager. You can click the links to learn more. I will blog more about them here in future.
There is no rule of law for public officials in Knysna. With the forthcoming addition of a new ward, the control of Knysna is up for grabs and these parties will not risk a scandal by doing the right thing which is outside intervention that investigates and punishes so that we have, at least, a grey slate, going into local municipal elections next year.
Where have the media been? Locally, i was banned by 3 newspapers for years until a new editor stepped into the Knysna-Plett Herald for 8 months. I pursued the Knysna Tourism story that they had refused to publish and, eventually, 4 years late, it was going to be their front page 15 days ago. But when the newspaper appeared, it was 5 hours late on the stands and there was no sign of that story. One week later, the Editor resigned without explanation and the new edition ran positive ‘articles’ about the DA. I believe that Knysna Municipality withdrawing most of their advertising the previous month played a big part. If so, Group Editors and Director Nicole Moolman, the owners, have put profit before truth and our town.
The cases are initiated in the applicants’ personal capacities but no reasonable person would consider this as as anything but politics abusing power.
- DA Deputy Mayor Esme Edge (Interim Order High Court)
- DA Deputy Mayor Esme Edge (Interim Order 2 High Court)
- DA Deputy Mayor Esme Edge (Contempt of Court High Court)
- CEO Knysna Tourism Greg Vogt (Crimen Injuria)
- CEO Knysna Tourism Greg Vogt (Harassment)
- DA ‘Activist’ Magda Moos (Crimen Injuria)
- DA Councillor Richard Dawson (Interim Order High Court)
- DA ‘Activist’ Magda Moos (Harassment)
- DA ‘Activist’ Magda Moos (Civil Claim R100 000)
- ex-Knysna Tourism CEO supporter Baden Hall (Crimen Injuria)
- ex-Knysna Tourism CEO supporter Mark Allan (Civil Claim R100 000)
There are ridiculous aspects to these cases such as a man i have a Protection Order against suing me me for R100 000 and the High Court applicants repeatedly objecting to me naming their romantic interests as “boyfriend” and “girlfriend” (they want “partner” or “spouse”).
I have especial distaste for their legal representation. Carl Jeppe Attorneys has been involved at some stage, or is still involved, in all of the cases. Carl Jeppe cohorts with Advocate Julie Seton who is the romantic “partner” of the very same DA Deputy Mayor Esme Edge who has applied for two interim interdicts and a contempt of court against me in High Court after the local court refused to entertain her. I will speak about the underhandedness of these attorneys in detail in a future blog but for now you can read about how Seton has been supporting an online propaganda campaign against me. I will soon blog about Edge’s role in that too.
When i criticise Premier Helen Zille, MEC Alan Winde and Eastern Region Manager Jaco Londt, people online react as if i’ve defecated in the Holy Grail of Hope instead of wondering why they, who are very aware of my situation, belong to a DA that has blocked me nationally instead of pursuing truth (which should be defined as not my truth or the local DA’s truth but a Truth that has weighed all sides and then been acted upon for the sake of our town and Constitution). Instead, they, who are paid very well by the taxpayer, have chosen a course the opposite to duty. There is no Holy Grail. There are only politicians who do right or wrong… unfortunately, i have only encountered the latter so far.
38 000 people saw my Facebook challenge to Mayor Wolmarans and her cronies. She never responded.
We have to be thankful for a South Africa that allows strong criticism and words. It remains a positive testimony to our democracy (even though it has been under threat so much lately). Because of it we have, for example, laudable cartoons by Zapiro which are a good example of the spirit and effect of our democracy and constitutional rights to freedom of speech. That must be protected strongly!
What can i do? I have no money or car. I have no lawyers (that will another blog). Donations are very few. I had to borrow just to pay the latest printing for court so i can’t imagine couriering legal papers or travelling to courts that the politicians have deliberately chosen far away. Plain survival (rent, lights, internet connection) is paramount too. So, what can i do? I CAN BE AS LOUD AS POSSIBLE. To be silent would be a crime in itself. I have to hope that national media will eventually pursue this story and that Constitutional lawyers and advocates will be attracted to my cases. It’s a dangerous gamble because it will likely mean more charges being laid against me and possibly Judges and Magistrates upholding sub judice and contempt against me. But, if i don’t, i lose for sure.
I have to hope in the fairness of the justice system. I have to hold faith in the impartiality of our Courts because no fair Judge or Magistrate would believe that issues affecting the well-being of the public should be silenced. No Judge or Magistrate, with their role demanding impartiality, would be affected by media.
I’d intended laying charges against many last month, as i promised Helen Zille, but delayed such as someone high up in the Hawks had said he’d respond. Unfortunately, he hasn’t. Maybe it’s because the Hawks have their own crisis at the moment. I will proceed with or without him next week.
Love Knysna, save Knysna. Stand against corruption.
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PS: I can’t stop comment bashers but if you’re a fair critic, please follow the many links i’ve included in this blog. Not only will they back up what i’ve said with facts, they will contain more links. Hopefully journalists find interest and it aids their research. I will also happily provide the contact details of all those people i’ve mentioned so that they can hear the other side so as to arrive at his or her own opinion. I can be contacted through my website.
PS2: I repeat all the links that were included in this blog. Ask yourself if any of my questions deserve answers and, if so, is it right that they refuse to answer and instead sue. Look for facts beyond my blogs too. Think for yourself.
Update Moos vs Me: We appeared in Knysna Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Goosen on May 6 2015. I defended myself. Advocate Seton, under instruction from Attorney Carl Jeppe, represented Moos. My case seemed to go well but, strangely, judgement was reserved for 6 weeks time, on June 17. There were major revelations in the trial, confirming my suspicions and giving me more evidence for forthcoming trials involving the DA. However, i keep quiet until judgement has been delivered.