My dreams for South Africa, and my place in the arms of her future, were seriously challenged when the death of apartheid was replaced by the ANC’s anti-white autocracy. Like a fledgling who’d fallen out of a nest, i transferred my hopes to the DA.
For those who haven’t read it before, my early days in Knysna found me wanting to be a DA volunteer but that was dashed as soon as i asked for information about the party, its role in our town, and was told that i couldn’t get any. The Knysna DA’s original secret was that it was a party without a plan.
5 years later, you and i live in a Knysna that is neck deep in DA secrecy; a DA that blocks my emails; a DA that refuses to answer the most important questions affecting our lives. Helen Zille, who i once admired, and who is well aware of our problems here, has become just another politician in a hive of South African killer bees with no tolerance for questions or criticism.
Behind the doors of secrecy, are we being protected for our own good or are they protecting their corruption?
It’s difficult to find one’s place in this maze where the minority seek power at the great expense of the majority (which is us).
Through twists and turns, i became an activist by seeking answers to all that the Knysna Municipality hid from us. I became the go-to guy for people seeking help, far too often for those who weren’t prepared to help themselves. It has been a tiring challenge, sometimes more a roller-coaster on broken tracks than a journey with a destination, but there have been victories – even my biggest critics, haters and loony bin candidates cannot deny that, collectively, this blog has provided more access to important information than Knysna’s political parties and municipal staff have ever allowed.
To those who believe that the image of our town’s tourism is more important than the problems that threaten to kill our future, i beg you to forsake the convenience of your selfish shortsightedness. I could have used kinder words but in light of the dangers we are facing that would have been akin to dishonesty and a crime against our neighbours and ourselves. Do you want to treat the world as a stage and prance upon it as an actor or actress, an empty shell of living that hasn’t realized that opinion is proportionate to knowledge and belief proportionate to action? Hiding from reality will only damage or kill us.
Whilst tik crawls bigger, crime looms, pipes burst and roads tear, our politicians are silent when they need to be shouting loudest, pointing fingers of blame instead of playing the game of life they were voted into.
National media has forsaken our small towns. It’s as if we don’t exist, as if we aren’t South Africans.
Who are we to rely upon if not ourselves and each other?
The seeds to these thoughts began growing when i read the Right2Know’s 2014 Secret State of the Nation report. They state that “existing research shows that access to information mechanisms are failing: the most recent monitoring report of the Civil Society showed that only 16% of requests resulted in full release of information. This is the lowest success rate since monitoring began in 2009. There is too little proactive release of information.” You can hide from reality or empower yourself with knowledge – download the full report here.