If South Africa’s Democratic Alliance (DA) is liberal, then liberalism is corruption… or will Liberal International and the Africa Liberal Network act against the crimes of the DA and its boss, Helen Zille?
I’m Mike Hampton, an anti-corruption activist who authored, ‘Same Shit, Different Government’ (SSDG). It was released on 28 March 2019 and recently surpassed 3,000 downloads.
It’s the first book about crime and maladministration involving the Democratic Alliance (DA). It has entrenched me as the target of their unscrupulous politicians and allies. They aim to imprison me and destroy the evidence against them.
THE DA AND LIBERAL INTERNATIONAL
The impact of the DA’s protection of criminals and suppression of critics is compounded by them being South Africa’s official opposition party and a major representative for Liberal International.
The DA is a full member of Liberal International which claims human rights as a foundation. The associated Africa Liberal Network (ALN) represents 35 political parties from 24 African countries and was run for years from the DA’s offices in Cape Town [update: office currently JHB].
The DA has failed to be the party to turn to for help. They’re complicit in damaging liberalism and the global decline of democracy. They’re a repeated destroyer of citizens’ rights, especially mine. If the DA is liberal, then liberalism is corruption.
Locally, accusations of them being a racist party cost them votes in 2020. However, they’re in majority control of the Western Cape province and its 7-million citizens. For me, that’s where this terrible saga and pursuit for justice began.
‘Same Shit, Different Government’ was almost banned via an interdict by the Western Cape High Court despite it not having a copy. An effort to squash the book and close my website continue.
Consequently, in the Public interest, I gave it away for free. It was a warning to the Public, an attempt to protect them and myself.
In addition to the over 3,000 downloads, approximately 1,000 digital copies were emailed to journalists and politicians. Only two responded, both from small publications. The SSDG book was ignored by mainstream Media which has long favoured the DA. They report on its unavoidable scandals. They do not report on its corruption. Notably, some media have been sponsored by overseas liberal organisations.
The beauty of liberalism seems to have become nothing more than a marketing campaign for undisclosed interests. Consequently, I can no longer call myself a liberal. I prefer honesty.
THE DA WILL AGAIN TRY TO SILENCE ME, 10 MARCH 2021
For 10 years, I’ve fought corruption mostly involving the DA.
Why the DA and not the ANC is a question only white people ask me in our polarised nation. The fact is that the DA ruled the town where I lived – the tourist-based economy of Knysna in the Western Cape. Like the DA gutting the label of liberal out of me, so they ensured that I no longer call Knysna the prettiest town in South Africa. I’ve been forced to close my Love Knysna website and Love Knysna Projects (for children).
I turned to the DA for help when I first discovered the abuse of Public funds. Unfortunately, the DA was the main abuser. That they had no political opposition may have been the result of the ANC leader having his studies illegally paid for by the DA-led Municipality. I considered it a bribe.
I was in the wrong place at the wrong time when I witnessed cronyism and the mishandling of millions of Public funds given annually to Knysna Tourism, a private company. The DA Council had approved the funding. Some of their councillors, and the ANC leader, were further compromised by being on its Board of Directors.
Unlike others who’ve confronted them in many towns, I refused to let go after they turned my world upside down. Their pressure and my stubbornness created a domino of exposures that now implicates national and provincial leaders.
It’s possible that I’ve publicly revealed more DA corruption than any other citizen.
The criminals have long sought to silence me with imprisonment. I will never bow to pressure because that would be the same as me sharing their crime.
As they’ve proven powerful, the odds are against me. The next Court date, which involves the SSDG book, is on 10 March 2021.
CORRUPTION AND ITS PROTECTORS
The Democratic Alliance (DA) are protected. They have acted unlawfully with impunity.
They responded to my revealing blogs and articles by falsely tarring me as a sociopath and paedophile. They threatened businesses if they dealt with me. They bullied my Facebook subscribers with harsh comments and legal threats.
Advocate Julie Seton and her married partner, ex-DA Deputy Mayor Esme Edge, issued a ridiculous R1-million demand against a poor woman who called me a hero and shared a link to my book. That intimidation became extortion when they offered to leave her alone if she paid them R20,000.
Several of the DA members implicated in the corruption I uncovered have been promoted. That includes National Assembly Member Eleanore Spies, George MAYCO member Rowan Spies, Western Cape Premier Alan Winde and DA Federal Executive Deputy Chair Anton Bredell (who doubles as Western Cape MEC Local Government).
Helen Zille is now the Chair of the national DA. Her choice for Leader of the Party, John Steenhuisen, won overwhelmingly. In effect, she is the DA leader and was whilst she was Western Cape Premier. Alan Winde and Anton Bredell were her underling ‘Provincial Ministers’. Both owe their current lofty status to her.
In between her two powerful posts, Zille was the Constituency officer for Knysna.
Zille is aware of the corruption I’ve reported. I will emphasise that further on but first the DA’s partners in crime…
PARTNERS IN COVER-UP
The Hawks (SAPS DPCI) and Office of the Public Protector have whitewashed several reports. Without supporting argument and evidence, they have contradicted official investigation findings by the Western Cape Treasury and forensic lawyers procured by Local Government.
The Public Protector’s Manager of the Western Cape was hired by then-Premier Helen Zille’s office.
The little the Hawks referred for investigation was never investigated. After one year, the investigating officer, who never contacted me once, killed herself.
The SAPS failed to investigate a threat implying my assassination. The threat came from a private investigator hired by the local ringleaders in the court cases against me. I took it seriously because I testified against the DA’s coalition partner, Velile Waxa, who is now in prison for the assassination of ANC Chief Whip Victor Molosi.
Minister Justice Ronald Lamola, Hawks Head General Godfrey Lebeya, Minister Police Bheki Cele and Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane have failed to respond to my request for assistance and complaints against their staff.
Parliament held three hearings before becoming unresponsive. Worryingly, their investigator into my petition was also hired by the DA to a staff position in the National Assembly.
The Director of the Presidency Hotline contacted the President’s adviser and subsequently held a meeting with an attorney from the President’s Office. He then refused to explain why there has been no consequent action despite him obviously believing the matters I presented were serious.
Separately, The Presidency instructed the Ministry Justice and COGTA to act. Neither have despite the former querying the Presidency, and the latter sending me four letters of acknowledgement on behalf of the Minister.
I approached COGTA again in 2020. They’ve since handed my complaint or parts of my complaint to the elite Special Investigating Unit (SIU). COGTA has provided no clarity on what issues were handed over, and SIU has not contacted me. My complaint includes a secret mp3 recording of the Anton Bredell plotting to illegally take control of the town of Oudtshoorn.
My complaint to the Zondo Commission against state capture was acknowledged and then ignored.
My Promotion of Access to Information requests (PAIAs) have been denied.
THE CONSTITUTION IS DEAD
Many NGO’s such as Corruption Watch have suspiciously failed to help.
The only logical explanation is that the DA is still the pretend representative for liberalism. Most NGOs are funded by overseas liberal organisations that have politically aimed at the DA’s enemies.
Mainstream Media has ignored major stories I’ve broken, ignored evidence sent, and the book which is only part one in the bigger picture. They won’t touch Helen Zille and the DA when it matters to Public safety. There’s no Fourth Estate in South Africa. Or, at best, it’s crippled.
I must be one of the best candidates for pro bono assistance from Legal Aid, both personally and because the matters I have exposed affect many citizens and Constitutional rights. Despite that, Legal Aid refused for no substantive reason.
It took me 2 years to receive a pro bono lawyer from the Legal Practice Council who did no preparation and dropped me just before trial.
The Cape Bar went further by protecting an advocate involved in the propaganda campaign against me.
All pro bono organisations have turned me down with vague reasoning or avoidance.
Consequently, corruption has flourished.
HELEN ZILLE IS PROTECTING THE DA AT THE EXPENSE OF THE PUBLIC
Helen Zille and the DA Federal Executive are protecting corruption and thus directly implicated via PRECCA. In a democratic society, that act would have resulted in them being incarcerated. But South Africa is an exceedingly corrupt country, and unpunished provincial capture isn’t more serious than unpunished state capture.
I have presented evidence in person to councillors, couriered evidence to the DA Federal Executive, emailed many repeatedly, and spoken to several leaders telephonically.
The DA’s intimidation plot to silence me included SLAPP, the acronym for ‘Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation’. They flooded me with Court cases.
Corrupt judiciary granted protection orders against me. That claim of corruption is justified when, in one case, a Magistrate refused me entry into the Courtroom to be on record and found me guilty via email. In another, the Magistrate refused to accept my detailed affidavit and hundreds of pages of evidence, bizarrely finding me guilty on the “balance of probabilities”. My complaint to the Magistrates Commission regarding many irregularities favouring the DA was referred to the local Chief Magistrate I’d complained about, who obviously never acted.
DA Councillor Dr Martin Young, one of those most involved in the propaganda against me, was incongruously granted an order to protect him from me. He and Advocate Julie Seton had compiled a fraudulent psychiatric analysis of me as a sociopath who is a danger to children. Like many important facts, that damaging propaganda was irrelevant to a Court obviously serving the power that seeks to hurt me for exposing it.
No judgement addressed my evidence. Effectively, the judiciary erased the DA from the responsibility of history. It’s as if those involved in the cases against me weren’t DA or DA-linked.
However, four were councillors, two candidate councillors, one a high-ranking municipal employee, and another the CEO of that Section 21 company illegally receiving Public funding approved by the Knysna.
One case was for Mark Allan, a private businessman in league with several of them. He randomly and repetitively associated me with a missing child. He implied sexual abuse.
Baden Hall, Allan’s associate, had previously opened a criminal defamation case against me which is ironic considering he would falsely state that I had molested children in Durban and Pietermaritzburg. Their Facebook page claimed I’d raped one of the admin’s children. The absurdity and lie were clear because the comment said I’d done it in the father’s presence.
The SAPS failed to act on contraventions of the protection orders I was granted against Seton and Allan whilst Seton posts on Facebook that I am a fugitive.
Advocate Seton, the local organiser of the SLAPP, was a municipal employee, had thrice been a DA candidate, and is married to DA Deputy Mayor Esme Edge aka Esme Jefferys. Seton has been directly or indirectly involved in all the cases.
Continuing her conflict of interest, Seton now works for the latest lawyer against me, Attorney Richard Sohn. He’s a property developer. He’s alleged friends with other property developers who have proven to not be fans of mine and the Knysna Ratepayers’ Association (KRA) because we’ve stood against their questionable plans.
The biggest tender, the ISDF, was strongly supported by the DA. That would’ve resulted in property developers deciding the future of Knysna for 30 years. I believe that property is the heart of the mess I’m in. MEC Anton Bredell was involved in the cover-up of the damning investigation by his own department and Provincial Treasury.
Sohn is currently representing a DA ally in allegedly suing the Ratepayers’ for a ridiculous R8-million. He also threatened Independent Newspapers for their prelude to the last court case in which Edge and Seton sought to silence me forever. It’s that case which will continue 10 March 2021.
Helen Zille has pretended ignorance but that’s a calculated lie. I’ve met her twice and have couriered and emailed evidence to her. She, Winde and Bredell threatened to sue me.
I can prove that I’ve contacted most of the DA’s leadership.
HIGH COURT CASE
I currently face 60 days in jail for breaching an interdict with my book and website.
On 9 November 2020, Judge Desai heard my application for rescission. Suspiciously, for the second time in this case, the court files went missing. Notably, the counsel for Edge and Seton were unaware that the papers had been found by my short-lived lawyer who dropped me immediately thereafter. Consequently, they argued for dismissal which would have resulted in me becoming a prisoner.
Instead, Judge Desai acknowledge the threats against me and postponed the case to the 4th Division where he won’t preside as he retired two days later. That also means that my request for representation wasn’t judged.
The Legal Practice Council has failed to explain why the pro bono lawyer they supplied dropped me based on a lie. They asked her for comment which they won’t share with me.
‘SAME SHIT, DIFFERENT GOVERNMENT’ (SSDG)
My book has the subtitle of ‘Part 1’ because it is only the beginning of the story.
Nevertheless, it presents two important issues, the illegal funding of a Section 21 company with Public funds, an action that was replicated provincially, and the ISDF whose first tender was illegally given to those with the most conflict of interest. Knysna was allegedly the testing ground for the ISDF which was supposed to be implemented provincially. It also introduces the intimidation campaign against me, Helen Zille, Alan Winde and Anton Bredell.
The book can be downloaded in pdf format for free.
For a summary of the bigger story, visit the ‘Easy Guide to DA Corruption’.
Corruption is war. South Africa remains enslaved by political crime. Truth must never be silenced.
Please will someone help me help the Western Cape and fight the false image that the DA has damagingly marketed to South Africa. They are not an anti-corruption, good governance party!
Liberal International claims “to counter human rights violations, especially those against political parties and activists.” The DA is a corrupt, liberal political party. I’m an anti-corruption activist robbed of ideology. Which will Liberal International and the African Liberal Network choose? In that answer, the purpose of liberalism in South Africa will be morally decided.
NB: I desperately need help with coverage, printing and travel costs to Court etc. The DA has destroyed my life. May kindness find its way to me.