I’ve yet to receive anything from Parliament. Parliament hasn’t responded to my supplementary evidence or messages for a while. I don’t believe that the PP is the best course but would, of course, accept that route, if true. However, after 5 years of letdowns, i don’t trust anything until it’s made black and white
It has been reported in two newspapers that Parliament has asked the Public Protector to investigate my allegations of corruption involving the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Knysna Municipality.
I believe in truth so rather than me blow up party balloons for a victory without result, let me stick to telling you how it is…
HOW IT IS
I don’t have Parliament’s report in my hands. They haven’t contacted me and they’re currently in recess. The Parliamentary Monitoring Group (PMG) confirmed telephonically that a decision was made but don’t have a copy.
I was hoping the result of mine and Susan Campbell’s presentation to Parliament would be the instruction to SALGA to investigate as it contains municipal investigative lawyers and accountants. Before he became Finance Minister again, Pravin Gordhan had set it on a good path.
I’m guessing that Parliament made a political decision to distance themselves from possible (false) claims of my allegations being an ANC plot. Of course it isn’t (and i’m not ANC) but that hasn’t stopped white conservatives from being fanatical in my comment sections. Some forget that the DA is a bunch of politicians and not gods of purity.
Handing the matter over to the Public Protector, whom DA supporters love, could be a political decision by Parliament to distance themselves from possible accusations of bias.
Nevertheless, the Public Protector is an appropriate investigative organisation, of government yet simultaneously external. They attend to “misconduct in any state affairs and all spheres of government including that of public administration in the country.”
I admire Thuli Madonsela, the head of the Public Protector. Many of you do too but the mistake that the public often makes is to personify an organisation. Thuli isn’t THE Public Protector, she’s A Public Protector, the head of an organisation with approximately 300 people (ironically, for me, they are understaffed, the result of national government cutbacks).
As i’ve discovered through the actions of the Public Protector office in George, the Public Protector can be bad.
In the Western Cape, there are many, from cops to magistrates, who bow to the power of the DA.
Concurrently, it’s noticeable that national newspapers have refused to report on these DA crimes for 5 years… and have yet to do so…
HOPE FOR JUSTICE
I don’t know which Public Protector will be appointed but hope that he or she is from outside our province and is willing to investigate their own and the highest levels of the DA.
I’ve experienced too much hardship to breathe relief… but that i’m still fighting must mean that i’ve still got hope in me.
The evidence is overwhelming, most of the work done. It would be easy for any investigator with integrity to deliver results. I hope that the Public Protector is fully committed.
PS: Read ‘Counting Chickens’.