You will have been aware of my protest since i kindly gave you the opportunity to explain yourself, you responding by issuing a ‘press release’ of lies against me, the same weekend your DA ran a nasty propaganda campaign against me. The latter was a crime you’ve refused to address so it’s only logical that i consider you to be the prime suspect for its motivation.
WHO CONTROLS KNYSNA?
Why do you not respond? Why is that wherever we look, Deputy Mayor Peter Myers pops up? Does he speak for you or is he the Mayor as some say? It’s an important question since others in the Knysna Municipality believe that your ‘ex-husband’, Rowan Spies, and Velile Waxa, the ex-ANC Chief Whip who became your DA coalition partner, are actually running the show. Truth sometimes arrives in bits and pieces so maybe it’s a combination of all that.
That would mean that you’re not running the Council. Is that true?
If so, that becomes more worrying since the KUC’s Welcome Salaze and the ACDP’s Shakespeare Arends seem to have become the voting lapdogs of what in Knysna can only be considered to be a false Democratic Alliance.
It’s commonly stated by municipal staff to me that the Administration, the body they work for, is being illegally run by the Council a.k.a. the politicians. The separation that is supposed to exist between the two for the sake of oversight has become dangerously missing.
EAST HEAD LEASE CONTROVERSY
In the midst of this mess is the latest scandal, the East Head lease, strangely the only item where the ANC have acted as opposition. Arguably, it’s the most expensive asset the public own [yet is strangely valued at only R9-million].
Peter Myers and Legal Adviser Melony Paulsen seem to have become obstructive with regards me gaining info regards it. Although it would literally take a minute for me to be given the mp3 of the PUBLIC (i.e. not supposed to be secret) meetings, they won’t give it to me. And when i visited the Municipality yesterday, to listen to it, i was told by a staff member that Paulsen had instructed that i could listen but not record for the public.
PROTESTING AGAINST THE DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE
So i came out of 2 months ‘retirement’ to make a noise against the DA in protest.
When i think the word “Mayor”, i don’t think of you as a leader but rather as someone hiding.
Well, i’m not playing hide-and-seek with you. I expect you to buck up like an adult and step forward to tell the public where you stand on every controversial issue; not statements but positions backed by evidence. That would include answering questions.
Do you serve another or are you our Mayor? Are you a fugitive from public questioning or are you our leader?
Let’s start with that East Head lease:
I submitted an official request for the written legal arguments of Legal Adviser Melony Paulsen and then Acting Director Planning Marlene Boyce (who were advocates for the lease), and for Acting Chief Financial Officer Louis Fourie (who was against it). Boyce, Fourie, Acting Municipal Manager Bevan Ellman, you and a host of others have failed to respond. But Paulsen and Myers stated that no written reports exist. I find that odd, made more suspicious by the public meeting recordings being withheld.
1. Were there any written legal arguments regarding the East Head lease? If not, why not?
2. Will you instruct Paulsen to supply everything i requested via PAIA as well as answer all my questions in the follow-up email?
DA FEDERAL EXECUTIVE
I expect you to answer. The CC is for witnesses and as possible future evidence. It’s also in the hope that some of them will begin calming my worries about the management of our town.
The DA Federal Executive and leaders are included [as receivers of this email], as they will be in future, because they have failed to act in the interests of us, their party and South Africa. I want to ensure that if they continue to do so, that they are implicated in every poor decision they allow you to make.
If you don’t respond this morning, i’m escalating my protest action. That’s not a threat. That’s my love for our beautiful town and my objection to those who seem to repeatedly disregard the law whilst bruising her like a battered spouse.