“The DA-led Bitou Municipality commissioned a report in 2011, into irregularities between itself and a company called Xylophone Investments No 10 CC. The result showed that Rowan Spies, who’d become a DA Councillor in 2016, had been involved in fraud and graft. It was reported that there was ANC connection. At the time, his wife, Eleanore Spies, was the ANC Mayor of Knysna. One payment had gone into their joint account.
After the DA made Eleanore their Knysna Mayor in 2016, an opposing faction of the DA forced an investigation which was conducted by De Swardt Vogel Myambo Attorneys. The 2018 recommendation was that she and top officials be disciplined and held criminally liable for a series of different wrongdoings.
Additionally, Eleanore had arranged for her friend, Fran Kirsten, to become the Municipality’s Communications Manager. It was alleged that it was a trade for the money she didn’t have to pay Kirsten for being her election manager. The Auditor General found the contract illegal to the tune of almost R400,000.
Fortunately, the DA had marketed themselves as the anti-corruption party, and Helen Zille and Mmusi Maimane listened to me. That meant all three crooks were expelled from the party and prosecuted-
-EXCEPT THAT NEVER HAPPENED.
Instead, the DA buried both reports and promoted Rowan and Eleanore to the Garden Route District’s Mayoral Committee (MAYCO). Knysna and Bitou were among the Municipalities that fell under it. Their new boss, Memory Booysen, was Bitou’s ex-Mayor…”
NB: Criminals Eleanore Spies and MEC Anton Bredell are in the same DA faction… yet its been left to him to decide whether or not to remove her regarding her latest crimes. It should’ve happened immediately but the DA, again, has delayed for months. It’s my hope that my blogging puts cronyism in the spotlight and makes it harder for him to keep her. The problem may be that she has dirt on the party. It was alleged that she was a spy for the DA when still in the ANC.
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