Knysna Municipality responded to my attempts to gain answers by blocking communication with me. They blocked my emails for years and would not assist me regards important issues when i visited in person [I even tested them by visiting several departments repeatedly, having assistants sign to say that i had been there – Comm1 & Comm1a].
Recently, Director Bevan Ellman started unblocking my emails but i feared that it wasn’t to start communication when he CCied Grant Easton, the Acting Municipal Manager. I suspect that it was to pretend to be cooperative whilst waiting for Easton expected appointment as Municipal Manager which had been delayed. I even stated such to him. Ellman’s professed intention to answer questions so that i did not flood him with PAIA (Promotion of Access to Information) requests has been untrue in the 2 months that has passed.
The Eden Corruption line would not respond nor the DA’s corruption reporting system on their website [Comm2]. Helen Zille failed to acknowledge this and many matters, including a long letter to her [Comm3]. When she was at a public meeting in Knysna, she said she knew who i was but instead of willingness to answer questions, she threatened to read from a file on me that she had brought with her. I have nothing to hide so i had no objection to that so long as i could ask questions. Zille was rescued by MEC Alan Winde who said, in front of everyone, that he would have a meeting with me the next day regards Knysna Tourism and other issues. Winde, too, had previously failed to assist and had also acted bizarrely by ignoring all the facts to instead tell me that my brand was bad. The meeting was a sham. Winde and the DA members present did not act and Winde refused to hand over the recording of the meeting, an act i believe is to protect himself as it is a record of him being aware of the complaint and thus makes him further culpable [Comm4]. It is possible that the Chairperson of the DA Constituency that accompanied him may be running for office.
My Ward 10 committee, headed by Councillor Richard Dawson who has taken me to High Court, will not answer questions. They act as a political subsidiary and not as a service to the public.
I have over 4700 subscribers on my Love Knysna Facebook [Comm5] with a Facebook reach greater than all three local newspapers combined. Knysna Keep has had 395 000 page views [Comm6] and i have blogged approximately 900 000 words across my sites. I have tried to force dialogue with the DA and the Municipality but they have remained uncooperative and defied public will. They refused to acknowledge a petition on salaries signed by over 200 people. I cast a challenge to them to have a public debate but they refused to respond despite 38 000 people viewing it on my Facebook.
Instead, their reaction has sought to discredit me through the local newspaper, the Knysna-Plett Herald. Both Mayor Wolmarans and Deputy Mayor Edge have done so. The latest was a 900-word letter by Speaker Eleonor Spies who also refused to meet me. Compare my letter calling for an investigation [Comm7a] to her attack on me in the paper [Comm7b] that had nothing to do with any of my content.
Anonymously authored press releases that favour the DA and seek to discredit me are being released on an anonymously run social media site. It’s a serious propaganda campaign devoid of truth and facts. DA members, including Deputy Mayor Esme Edge and her girlfriend, Advocate Julie Seton, are fervent supporters of that web page. They associate with Mark Allan, a cyber troll who i have a Protection Order against (that the police, who are also not fans of my criticism, refuse to uphold). There’s DA Constituency Officer, Mark Willemse, contract worker for Knysna Tourism, Martin Hatchuel, and many more.
When the Knysna-Plett Herald’s new editor began publishing valuable stories about problems in the Municipality, the Municipality pulled their advertising. Two issues ago, the front page was going to finally be the Tourism story i’ve waited for for years yet it was pulled and the newspaper release delayed by approximately 5 hours.
In response to a detailed legal objection to the fraud that is the ISDF tender (that appeared in the Knysna-Plett Herald on June 12 2013), the newspaper stated that Mayor Georlene Wolmaran’s response was to threaten “that the Knysna Municipality may choose to take legal steps against persons and/or publications should they publish any information deemed “defamatory” about the municipality and/or its officials.”
I have an incredibly long list of public office bearers who have not helped. I have proof of that as well as the blocking of my emails. Their inaction seems to be to protect political image which has only led to more illegalities and wasted more public funds.
WHAT WOULD MAKE THEM FORSAKE THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY?
WHAT ARE THEY HIDING?
Read the conclusion at ‘Trouble in Knysna 6: Please Help’.