I don’t believe that politicians, especially a mayor, get to ignore one of our biggest problems and fears.
Sure, the SAPS are primarily responsible but it’s become far too easy for elected leaders to pass all the responsibility onto them. It’s even worse if the Democratic Alliance does it because that’s basically shifting the blame onto the ANC, a convenience of politics.
A real leader doesn’t do that. A real leader leads the best they can.
Knowing where Mayor Bouw-Spies stands on important issues such as Knysna crime is important. Add that to her action and we start to know who she is.
Subject: Is Knysna the murder capital of the Garden Route?
Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2016 08:46:25 +0200
From: Love Knysna – Mike <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Organization: Love Knysna!
To: DA – Eleonor Spies <email@example.com>, KM Communications – Christopher Bezuidenhoudt <firstname.lastname@example.org>
These crime questions are for Mayor Eleonore Bouw-Spies? Please will she answer below each:
Is Knysna the murder capital of the Garden Route?
Do you confirm 36 people killed this past crime-counting year?
That would give Knysna a 53 to 100,000 murder rate, one of the highest in the world. How do you respond to that as our town’s leader?
How many of those murders happened in your home area of Hornlee?
How many murders have their been in Hornlee the past 5 years and how many remain unsolved?
Where do you stand on the murders attributed to Van Rooyen, who is either Hornlee’s most famous murderer or the worst framed man?
What have you done regards this issue since you’ve been a Democratic Alliance Councillor?
Since crime is the one topic all race groups are worried about, why was crime not a major part of your election campaign?
Why did the Western Cape not install their drug program as promised years ago?
Do local Democratic Alliance politicians dodge crime as a serious topic because it’s difficult?
How many local law enforcement (municipal) officers do we have and how many of those, on a daily basis, are assigned to walking patrols, not for ticketing but to stop crime. I ask because they’re almost always invisible?
When last were health checks done on local law enforcement? What is the standard? How many passed?
How is the money collected from fines spent?
Have you had a formal meeting with the Knysna Station Commander to discuss the latest crime statistics? If so, where can we read about it?
What is your plan regarding crime over the next year?
Mayor Bouw-Spies, please respond by 5pm Monday, Sept 19.
Yours in the spirit of transparency, communication and standing against crime together.
Knysna, the Prettiest Town in South Africa