The CXpress newspaper printed a one-sided story about me, at the beginning of this month. It related to the High Court order to shut down my website, stop my book, and arrest me. You can read it in the pdf reader at the bottom of this page (thanks to it being reposted in ShowMe Knysna). Nowhere therein does anyone mention freedom of speech, especially that special sub-category, INFORMATION IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST.
The propaganda piece was instigated by regular protagonists, married couple ex-Knysna DA Deputy Mayor Esme Jefferys and ex-municipal employee, Advocate Julie Seton. Naturally, those ‘ladies’ never mentioned the long-running corruption they’ve been involved in, or that I’ve regular exposed them.
Seton skipped the fact that I have a protection order against her which she’s broken more times than I can count, most often to threaten to sue my subscribers. That normally happens late evening when they’ve been known to drink too much wine (fact, not slander). You can read much more about this twisted couple in my book, ‘Same Shit, Different Government’ (which you can still download for free).
Jeffery’s and Seton’s goal in the CXpress was to paint me as a criminal and a coward – I’m neither. I fight criminals like them, and, although I get frightened sometimes (as I was the past week), I have yet to let that stop me fighting.
Of course, they left out another major point which should have stopped the article from existing i.e. – THE SHERIFF HAS NEVER CONTACTED ME. If the Sheriff ever obeys the law, I will explain the threat I’m under and ask what the Court will do to ensure my protection.
The point here is that CXpress agreed to my right of reply, something Media rarely allows me. A similar article appeared in Knysna-Plett Herald but they (and their bosses, Group Editors and Caxton Newspapers) are so deeply embedded in the DA’s arsehole that they may never see the light of impartiality. Not all writers are journalists, some are just copywriters to power and submissives to advertising revenues.
Unfortunately, CXpress has refused to tell me who wrote their ‘article’, and has deleted the majority of my response, citing bullshit legal concerns despite me having backed myself up with evidence. Furthermore, they never voluntarily gave me right of reply and were thus happy to trample on my rights, and support Seton breaking the order I’ve got against her.
This is what I said:
Anti-corruption activist Mike Hampton: Why is blatant DA corruption getting a Media-free ride?
This is my response to CXPress’ anonymously authored article – ‘Knysna blogger’s arrest ordered by high-court judge’
I’m targeted. The latest court order against me is continuation of the 9 years I’ve been in hell. My crime has been the exposure of corruption. I have clearly been more successful at that than any other in the district. Yet the response by Media has been to only report the side that opposes me, and continuously deride me as only a ‘blogger’.
Knysna has been sliced by selfish politics. That’s not opinion, but well-known situation. DA factions shift across party lines, either to hang onto power or try grab it. Last in line has been the citizens they’re supposed to serve.
Not even the assassination of Victor Molosi could provide a wake-up call. Instead, there are Capetonian plans to seize control of the town, away from rebel Mayor Mark Willemse whose been miscast by a few as the town’s saviour. Desperation cannot wipe clean the fact that he never acted on any of the corruption I reported to him.
I’ve been proven, for example, correct about:
– The illegal funding of Knysna Tourism, a private company, granted taxpayer funds, without tender, whilst politicians sat on its Board (the Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr investigation proves I was right). That illegality has been replicated by the DA across the Western Cape, hundreds of millions with the permission of Premier Candidate Alan Winde.
– The illegal awarding of the ISDF tender to property developers who never won the bid. Approved by MEC Anton Bredell despite him being in possession of a damning Treasury investigation. He then committed perjury, three times on video in Parliament, so as to try protect himself.
The response, a flood of court cases, threats against me and my subscribers, a fake psychiatric diagnosis of me as a sociopath, and a slithering propaganda campaign falsely labelling me a paedophile.
Helen Zille’s response to my complaints was to threaten to sue me too, illegally using Public funds like ex-Mayor Eleanore Spies did (found guilty but promoted instead). And Advocate Julie Seton, who I’ve a protection order against, appears in this newspaper to complain about me.
Judge Mantane ordered the Sheriff to arrest me although that would be illegal for a Sheriff to do. The Judge banned my book, ‘Same Shit, Different Government’, despite not being in possession of it.
Where am I? I’m rightfully scared.
This is what CXpress and editor Esther de Villers printed instead, also removing the DA from the title:
Several pdfs below, so give each time to load and check for extra pages in each viewer…
The anonymously authored article the CXpress published without contacting me for comment:
Emails to CXpress editor Esther de Villiers. Mote that she at first never published and then promised to do the following week. Therein, you can also see the info I sent her.2019.04 CXpress political bias Esther de Villers emails with Mike Hampton