My words are more praise than criticism when i state that not since evangelist Jimmy Swaggart was caught with the second prostitute have i witnessed so many upset white people – it was wonderful! Knysna may get black people closing the N2 and coloured, ‘church’ folk marching down the hill against crime but the absence of white protest for people issues has been glaringly absent. The R30-million debt write-off by Knysna Municipality never gained a whisper. The expensive, outside of tender, office upgrades only generated gossip. Corruption at Knysna Tourism, despite it being the representative body of our tourist based … ‘Click here to read full article…’
It was win for the Knysna public that protested against the Democratic Alliance’s push to make designated public drinking areas for the holiday season. The DA’s intention was in stark contrast to alcohol related, accidental deaths and a community problem amplified by severe joblessness. It led to a political mess deeply underscored with racism. It made DA supporters, mostly white (middle class and affluent), bewildered and angry. Bad behaviour and safety beside our waterways was more their concern than alcohol itself. Opposing them with the “Yes Vote” were ICOSA, ANC and COPE politicians. That political lines were thus drawn must … ‘Click here to read full article…’
The KPH reports that ward opinion on designated public drinking areas for Knysna went like this: “Ward 1: No drinking. Ward 2: No thanks. Ward 3: Identify areas. Ward 4: Meeting not held. Ward 5: Rheenendal – Mixed feelings; Brenton – No drinking. Ward 6: Like to have designated areas where drinking is allowed. No discrimination. Ward 7: It’s their town and they must be free to drink in their town. Ward 8: They have the right to be anywhere, anytime. Yes to drinking in designated areas. Ward 9: Majority said no to drinking in public areas. Ward 10. Overwhelmingly … ‘Click here to read full article…’
Keith Hollis (Leisure Isle) and Ralph Stander (Hornlee) spoke at the Ward 9 public participation meeting (held in Hornlee) regarding the proposed public drinking areas during the holiday season. Although both men made several sensible points, the body language of the public suggests disagreement before beginning i.e. whites on one side of the hall, coloureds on the other.