My political activism in Knysna is generally tough. Consequently, i define the past week as odd simply because there was communication. Probably because political forces are realigning so that battle lines can be slightly altered.
1. An editor of an outside newspaper responded to me in the evening whilst he was on holiday. By morning, one of his reporters followed up. I’m unsure which story or angle they’re following as i’ve sent enough to full the whole newspaper. Maybe we’ll discover what this week.
2. Two ex-Cape politicians asked to meet me as they’re considering investing in our area, Knysna and Plett. Over a braai, there was political talk too.
3. One of the national leaders of a smaller but respected party said he’d see me later this month.
4. A provincial leader of a major party said he’d too see me this week.
5. A secretary of Parliament’s Select Committee on Petitions & Executive Undertakings said i’d be contacted this week.
6. An out-of-town lawyer may soon see me, the purpose to advise on who to most successfully sue first.
7. I met the ACDP’s local councillor Shakepeare Arends to discuss local issues. Although not in detail, he became the first councillor to mention my ‘Elephants in the Room’ complaint which has been ignored by Council for 33 days.
8. More odd, was having coffee with Knysna Deputy Mayor Peter Myers on Thursday.
9. Far odder than that, the next day, was having a meeting with Knysna Mayor Eleonore Bouw-Spies, Acting Municipal Manager Carl Mattheus and several others.
10. Keeping up strange was Knysna-Plett Herald’s editor, Elaine King, giving me a call.
CONVENIENCE VERSUS HOPE
Few seem to want to address the past. They’d rather, too conveniently, look forward. There’s some selfishness in that. I find it unacceptable but whilst i pursue past issues i’m entirely willing to work together on future challenges and minimise conflict.
I don’t hold my breath for any person or matter but it’s practical to live with slim hopes of better things so that life is worth living. I hope for better relations with all BUT honesty has to be the starting point.
Too normal is that i’m back in court this Wednesday in a case involving the Sedgefield Fire Station Commander. I consider the case politically motivated as two municipal staff and two ex-DA politicians have supported his case against me.
Thanks to the anonymous donator of R400 last week! I had R2 in my account and coincidentally needed exactly R400 for emergency service of legal documents the same day.
This week is better – rent and lights paid; 3 restaurant meals behind me (2 freebies) and at least 10 days canned food in the cupboard. I’m happy that i can keep the fight for better things going.