South Africa’s anti-corruption Media and NGOs are missing regards DA corruption. Either they’re hiding or they’re a marketing falsehood like our politics. Despite hopelessness water-boarding my hope, I’m reaching out again as time is running short for me. I’m providing this simple guide to the errant journalist or lawyer seeking light beyond bias and corporate interest.
DA CORRUPTION GUIDE
INTRODUCTION TO DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE CORRUPTION
I’m Mike Hampton. I discovered corruption in Knysna. When the Democratic Alliance (DA) wouldn’t help, and instead blocked me, I realised they were hiding more. I became an activist and discovered lots more maladministration and crime.
Through my ex-lawyer, Hardy Mills, the DA offered me a monthly bribe of R20,000p/m for as long as they were in power. They offered him R100,000p/m in business. When I rejected the ‘offer’, they switched to intimidation through propaganda, cutting me off from business and repeatedly taking me to court. Mills left me in the lurch, him ironically owing me R8000 he’d borrowed.
My DA has sought to destroy me. That will be discussed in brief furtheron.
SAME SHIT, DIFFERENT GOVERNMENT
On April Fools’ Day 2019 (somewhere in the world ahead of South African time due to restrictive court order), I officially released ‘The Corruption & The Intimidation’, the first book in a series called ‘Same Shit, Different Government’. The date will prove relevant.
I sent over 1000 politicians and journalists a free digital copy. As of today, only two non-mainstream journalists responded. My nine-year experience has found the DA protected by your bias.
The book explains how I became a activist, introduces corruption issues implicating MEC Alan Winde and MEC Anton Bredell, two well-known DA figures. It also implicates Helen Zille for knowingly allowing two criminals to become councillors. A section of the book relates the intimidation I experienced. I repeatedly reported the offenders to the DA Federal Executive and Mmusi Maimane. That they were allowed to act against me with impunity can only mean that it’s what the DA leadership wanted. The intimidation was part of the cover-up. Under the Prevention & Combating of Corruption Act (PRECCA), many more are guilty and should be facing jail.
The book is a dense read, deliberately so that it can stand alone as evidence.
Certain that the DA would respond with attack, and wanting time to try reach President Cyril Ramaphosa, I left home for Namibia to finish and release the book. My act was one of desperation for justice.
MY ARREST ORDERED & THE BOOK ESSENTIALLY BANNED
Esme Jefferys, previously Esme Edge, was the DA’s Deputy Mayor of Knysna (2011-2016). She and her life partner, Advocate Julie Seton (who also uses the surnames Lopes and Jefferys), were instrumental in the nasty campaign against me.
In 2015, Edge gained a gag order against me through the High Court. That case was irregular as were many more against me. Nevertheless, the result of her using it was that Judge Babalwa Mantame, on 27 March 2019, ordered that I be arrested, my website closed down and the book not be published.
Notably, Judge Mantame had no proof I’d been served, and she wasn’t in possession of a copy of the book or website. ‘Banning’ it rather than an aspect of the book relating to applicant Esme Edge favoured the DA as a whole…. again. Notably, she ordered that the book couldn’t be released on April 1 or after. I released it before.
There are other active protection orders against me too. Others have expired. All given to a group of colleagues in Knysna linked to the DA, all exposed by me:
- Julie Seton (ex-DA candidate, municipal employee and married to ex-Deputy Mayor Esme Edge) – involved in the propaganda campaign against me, and ringleader for the court cases against me.
- Dr Martin Young (ex-DA councillor) – involved in the propaganda campaign against me.
- Eleanore Spies (ex-DA Mayor) – involved in the propaganda campaign against me
- Wayne Sternsdorf (Fire Chief and neighbour of Edge and Seton)
Seton previously represented others against me – Mark Allan, member of their propagandist cabal, ex-DA councillor Richard Dawson and ex-DA Branch Manager.
The many court cases form a SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation). Corporates are known to use it against activists. Essentially a person with little or know money is beaten into defeat, fair justice impossible. There are no anti-SLAPP laws in South Africa. We haven’t court up with some Western countries.
The Protection from Harassment Act (PHA) has been repeatedly used as a cheap gag order. That is not supposed to be its purpose. I’ve never been allowed the Act’s truth in the Public interest defence. I’ve been denied witnesses and evidence. In one case I was refused a defence, found guilty within minutes. The Knysna Magistrates Court has taken monstrous steps to protect the DA. With the book, I break four of them. I did so because I believe in what you’re supposed to believe – TRUTH IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST,
History suggests that I’ll be railroaded instead of receiving a fair trial. Unless the President steps in, I may spend years in jail… for exposing corruption. That’s how fucked up our country has become. That’s how much dark power the DA has despite being the opposition party. That the ANC are protecting them turns our politics upside down. Maybe it’s about who funds who… or all… but I’m happy for someone to provide me a less conspiratorial answer.
THE BIG PICTURE
It’s logical that the owner of the toe nail clippings on your breakfast table needs a smack. To report, in isolation, on any of the many toe nails of corruption would be injustice to context. Everything that happened is linked because the DA leadership allowed it and, in some cases, promoted crooks and cover-up.
What happened in Knysna implicates the DA leadership and exposes the DA as a monster concealed behind a continuous marketing campaign. They’re a dangerous lie to South Africa.
WE DON’T MATTER
Honest journalists and lawyers, the kind that values truth above all else, would report on all corruption. They’d fire in every direction, doing their best to be South African. Instead, serious corruption involving the Democratic Alliance (DA) has been ignored. The darkness of the DA leadership has been given a get-out-of-jail free card by organisations pretending to protect our country.
Smaller parties such as the ACDP, COPE and Freedom Front Plus are guilty too. they have the evidence yet have been silent, maybve wanting to keep future alliance doors open. Their inaction supports DA crime, hurts citizens and is also in contravention of PRECCA.
I’m 100% for ANC corruption being punished but those NGOs and Media only aiming at the ANC can only be explained by hidden agenda and bias.
I’m not defending the ANC. They deserve to be damned.
I know the Media and NGOs bias personally. They’re the weight added to the sack that the DA are drowning me in. My book, ‘Same Shit Different Government’, and the order for my arrest had been ignored. Justice and morality are absent. Power, greed and bribes disguised as salaries are terrible things.
And since the DA rules the Western Cape, a province the size of Greece, the people there don’t matter too.
I’ve been on a hunger strike for 72 days. Two days ago, I handed myself into the police. It was meant to be to IPID‘s Acting Director Victor Senna but he never responded. So I visited other police who never arrested me but, after hearing my evidence, asked for advice from Pretoria. However, detectives from the regular SAPS went searching for me the same week.
“Hope is an optimistic state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large.” – Wikipedia
People may rarely change but they always have the ability to do so. May Media and NGOs find their hearts and professionalism to follow the truth. Hopefully when you first entered your industry, it was with the intention of making a difference.