The Knysna Fire disaster continues, now with the Democratic Alliance versus the victims.
Tonight, the meeting at the Angling Club was definitive proof that the DA doesn’t care about Knysna. I’m not making political statement, as i don’t support any of our politicians, but here the DA rules. It was made perfectly clear that Peter Myers, Ward 10 Councillor and Deputy Mayor, was the ‘Them’ in the ‘Us versus Them’, instead of being our elected representative.
It was disgraceful that Mayor Eleonore Spies wasn’t there, maybe because there were no TV cameras. Only one director, Marlene Boyce, bothered to turn up.
It was poorly organised, small speakers and no roving microphone despite it guaranteed to be a full house. In fact, the public couldn’t fit inside, some forced to stand in the foyer and in the road. At times, most battled to hear what was happening.
But I was in the middle and heard most of it… and it was utter bullshit.
I came with clear questions and suggestions but realised that they weren’t going to be answered as person after person got fed indefinites and nonsense. WE WERE GIVEN NOTHING TO HOLD ONTO.
Myers showed utter disregard for the homeless, even when a woman appealed for her and two children (ages 5 and 11) who’d been put on the street that day. Knysna’s has had lows the past 8 years I’ve been here but, with that, he owns the lowest so far.
I held in my anger for over an hour but let it out after Myers failed to answer my question and gave the microphone to his fellow Councillor Dr Martin Young. Not everyone is an internet regular so some wouldn’t have understood why I labelled Young as scum who doesn’t deserve to speak.
Last week, when I made a call on Facebook for fire victims to stand together, Young tried to discredit me, essentially saying that I was defrauding disaster victims for profit, pretending to be a fire victim. Of course I’m a victim, having lost almost everything. Additionally, I refuse to be a useless citizen – I’ve done my daily part in helping people and keeping our town informed.
Furthermore, it was clear that Young had no sympathies for rentees who’d been made to suffer in the fire’s aftermath. He’s an evil little man who sometimes pretends to be nice to try win supporters but his devil’s tail has appeared far too many times for him to be the Christian he claims to be or anything other than the shittiest of human beings. Google him to discover evidence to strongly support what I’m saying. I’ll never let anyone forget that he emailed me: “You seem not to realize that you are in no position to negotiate. I’m surprised you even tried. We hold all the cards, and have all the power to make your life really and truly miserable… jail is more than likely your next Knysna destination.”
Why has the DA allowed this rot to continue… into our fire disaster. When we needed the best people possible, we got the compromised.
After I sent a complaint about Young to the Knysna Council and the DA Federal Executive, Young posted an apology to his cruel subscribers but didn’t explain why he was apologising. No apology could suffice. After all, he ignored that the latest sin was only part of his 17-month propaganda campaign against me, wherein I’ve been associated with child abuse and other horrid things.
The DA plays dirty. Here, the last thing they want is victims to get organised and stand up for themselves. They tried to discredit me, lost that round, and, consequently, tried to mitigate the situation.
Stop being biased and know your DA. If this crisis isn’t motivation enough for you then you don’t deserve help. Sometimes we need to change our thought pattern to become the better people we hope to be.
Now let me get into what should have happened at the meeting rather than the nothing that did.
Myers is absolutely wrong when he stated that the Municipality’s role is only in dealing with electricity, rates, sport etc. He’s an elected representative whose supposed to show leadership and moral duty. If ever that was needed, it’s during this crisis.
He dismissed accommodation, the greatest need by victims, saying that it wasn’t Government’s responsibility.
All over the world, when there’s a disaster, people step in to help with emergency shelters. That includes government helping. In the past, in Knysna, when there have been shack fires, temporary shelters are provided. Why not here? Were the people in the hall tonight too damn white?
Why hasn’t the Municipality taken over a sports field and erected Wendy houses accompanied by electricity and port-a-loos? Why hasn’t the Municipality opened up a place they own like Cearn Hall or unused government buildings?
Even though there’s only R800,000 in the disaster kitty, why hasn’t that being used to rent accommodation?
The only answer is that the DA doesn’t want to help those in need. Maybe they want the poorer white folk of Knysna forced out of town. It’s not an odd thought considering the name of the game has been property in the past.
Our town is ruled by cliques and money that isn’t helping the majority.
I understand the catch-22s of holding this year’s Oyster Festival, even supporting the decision to go-ahead, but cannot understand how business gets supported but human rights don’t.
Maybe part of the problem is that Deputy Mayor Peter Myers is a wealthy man who has no consideration for the poor and middle class. On the day of the fire, it was clear that his concern was for his home in Brenton-on-Sea, 23km away from the mostly white ward where the DA strangely made him their cannot-lose candidate councillor. My home area of Kanonkop was, by percentage, was one of the hardest hit, if not the hardest-hit area yet, two weeks after the fire, i had to request that he finally visit it.
The Disaster Meeting at the Angling Club tonight was a disaster because HE AND THE KNYSNA MUNICIPALITY DO NOT FUCKING CARE!
Hopefully, that will reflect at election time, every damn one of these self-serving councillors kicked into the gutter (like homeless people) but we, as either caring citizens or citizens in need, cannot wait until then.
I again make a call for the better side of Knysna (we’ve witnessed that this past 3 weeks), and those in desperate need, to STAND TOGETHER. We must unite and collectively decide what we need to do to gain a result. Let’s have a real meeting, a meeting about us.
But, first, fill in this form. We have to first decide who’s who and who needs what. You don’t have to be a fire victim, you can simply be a loving neighbour to us all.
There’s much more to discuss.
Read the sequel: DA Labels Homeless Whites Asking for Help as ‘Lynch Mob’