Leon Naude, the chairman of the Knysna Ratepayers’ Association (KRA), has responded to the protests on the N2 in Knysna (Nekkies/Oupad area) by calling for live ammunition to be used.
His exact words were, “The police is to SOFT they should use rubber bullits or even better LIVE AMO our country is is not going to edge of the cliff WE are STADING ON THE EDGE.” The capital letters and bad spelling are his doing, not mine. He’s obviously serious that poor people who want the Knysna Municipality to listen to their plea for toilets should be shot.
I was on the KRA with Leon Naude. When i quit i posted an open letter in which i said that, “Whether aware or unaware, some of the KRA committee members have an old-school, apartheid era attitude about them. I’m not calling them racists but it felt very much as an “us and them” approach. As a consequence, there was zero motivation to seek organisations from non-white areas to work with.” Naude’s attitude has now been made clear to the greater public but the KRA committee that has kept him as their leader for a year did so knowing what type of person he is – that says something negative about the KRA leadership!
I never named anyone in that letter but i will state now that Naude was the biggest racist of all. Additionally, his opposition to the mosque in Knysna was not because of a heritage site being the possible location but, apparently, because he was simply appalled at the notion of a mosque. [For full disclosure, note that i have a grievance with Naude because of him opposing me when i asked Helen Zille to answer questions about Knysna.]
Kevin Grinaker responded to Naude with, “Kosie? Can I borrow your D10 for two hours, please?” I do not know if by ‘D10’ he is referring to the Soviet tank or the Caterpillar bulldozer but the fact is that he was unconcerned by the call for violence. He was being supportive.
Until earlier this month, Grinaker was the Chairman of the Ward 10 (Knysna central) Committee. He is a fundraiser for the DA. This was the same man who illegally refused to accept my complaints regarding definite maladministration and possible crimes by DA politicians and the Knysna Municipality regards the ISDF tender and Knysna Tourism’s bankruptcy.
Their comments were posted beneath the Knysna-Plett Herald’s article, ‘Unrest on the N2’. In case they are removed or altered, here is the proof:
It is obvious that tragedies such as the Marikana Massacre and the Soweto Uprising of 1976 do not cause some to blink. Blinded by hate, maybe, ironically, they don’t see that their hatred is only likely to breed more hatred. What is certain is that these are not the kind of leaders Knysna needs or wants. These are the kind of people that cause problems, not solve them. They are not who we want quoted in our local newspapers as supposedly representing us and Knysna.
Kevin Grinaker is apparently leaving Knysna – good riddance.
Leon Naude, unfortunately, seems to be here to stay so i request that the:
- Knysna-Plett Herald never quotes him as a representative of Knysna again.
- Knysna Ratepayers’ Association not only removes him from the position of Chairman but also bans him from membership in the association. This is particularly addressed to committee members Richard Thorpe and Ian Uys.