History books will record the Great Fire of Knysna. Readers will be disappointed when they reach the chapter about the firefighter’s braai.
A traumatised and very thankful public was told by Knysna Municipality that it wasn’t allowed to hold a braai for the brave firefighters who saved their town, that it was against regulations, that the firefighters couldn’t receive payment from citizens.
Many pointed out the contradiction of the Knysna Municipality asking for donations of food whilst the fire was happening. That fact wasn’t addressed whereas the banning of the braai was repeated.
At what point does common sense get burnt and the government forget who it works for?
Municipal workers should never receive payment if it’s going to affect their performance e.g. cash under the table so as to alter a vote, a discounted Nissan bakkie after awarding a tender for a fleet to the supplier etc. That clearly wasn’t the issue here. When someone does something nice for us, we don’t respond with, “How much do you want? ” When was the common decency of “thank you” redefined in the dictionary as payment?
In fact, thanking bravery happens often enough to be defined as cultural decency.
I remind that on Wednesday afternoon, the first day of the fire when most houses seemed to have been lost, when our leaders should’ve been leaders, our politicians went ahead with a Council Meeting that had nothing to do with the fire.
I mention this again because, at midday, caterers were delivering fancy food for the politicians to reward themselves.
How is that ok but thanking those who risked their lives isn’t?
Our severely corrupt municipality shouldn’t be allowed to choose the Public’s morality.
PS: Why did the Knysna Municipality need public food donations when it’s funded by public cash? Why didn’t they just use money from the budget?