All is not well in DA land…
Grant Easton, the suspended Municipal Manager of Knysna, quit yesterday, March 15 2017.
It wasn’t announced through Knysna Municipality’s website or Facebook but strangely through a press release to the Knysna-Plett Herald.The pro-DA newspaper never provided details of the charges Easton was facing.
Despite Easton’s pending disciplinary hearing and the process having cost the taxpayer almost R2-million, the Municipality accepted his resignation. Despite the gravity of his alleged wrongdoings, no criminal charges have been laid. Without appropriate investigation, the innocence of Easton may never be determined. It may not be coincidence that this also hampers determining the innocent of other municipal officials and politicians.
I have previously stressed that questioning him is vital to investigation into the Knysna Municipality. 10 complaints currently sit with the Public Protector and 1 with parliament. Much of this will relate back to Easton.
Coincidence or not, the Knysna Municipality asked for an extension to the time period allowed for their response regards my complaints to the Public Protector. They were granted until March 26.
Director Planning & Development Mike Maughan-Brown, Easton’s right hand, also needed to be questioned but he abruptly quit in 2016, emigrating.
In consideration of her past submissions, the complaint against Easton, by ex-attorney now citizen, Susan Campbell, would have been well compiled. However, the political parties using it, particularly the DA, were in conflict of interest. It makes me wonder if the DA is cleaning away as much of their mess as possible whilst failing to accept responsibility for millions in losses to the taxpayer.
Whilst damage in Knysna has continued, it must be asked why Parliament and the Public Protector have so long failed to act.
NB: If Grant Easton wishes to break his silence, his response will be posted on this site.