“The thought of returning to live in Knysna turns my stomach. The energy there is seriously dark and disturbing. The DA have turned this fabulous town into an appalling parody of politics, estranging an entire town and tainting so many years of careful crafting and building of the brand. This selfe-made debacle will be the trigger that implodes the DA country-wide. Even in the face of such enormous public pressure to back down, the DA’s hubris and arrogance, so ingrained, will be the cosh that delivers the knockout blow…”
Those are the words of an ex-resident of Knysna echoing the political crisis that has has resulted in thousands of comments by white people against the Democratic Alliance. Let’s not pretend that horrid identity politics isn’t real, and that white people protesting isn’t particularly relevant regards the DA.
Despite the scandal, the DA continues to put its interests ahead of those screaming blue at them. It’s extreme political arrogance versus the Public in extremis.
The DA’s disciplinary hearings against their two members, Mayor Mark Willemse and Councillor Peter Myers, will go-ahead this weekend. To try overcome the De Lille ruling which found the Federal Legal Commission unconstitutional, the DA has switched to a provincial disciplinary committee instead. But surely the provincial committee falls under the FLC and is, thus, unconstitutional too?. And, of course, the DA has conveniently ignored the continuous request for investigation into their corrupt ex-Mayor Eleanore Spies who was deposed by Willemse and Myers.
Corruption doesn’t matter to the DA. Who has power does.
The DA’s disciplinary hearings aren’t about its Party’s integrity, fairness for the defendants or justice for the Public. This is only the DA determined to support a single provincial faction and maintain the long-running cover-up of corruption that implicates its national leadership.
I’m not blind. I haven’t forgotten that Willemse and Myers were long part of the same rotten Council that sought to destroy my life. And Willemse has yet to tell the Public why he took power, failed to explain the corruption that he claimed motivated him… which would surely have to include the corruption I reported that he failed to investigate for years. He hasn’t even mentioned the ruling by Parliament on my Love Knysna Petition-
I have to forgive the fervent supporters of the Willemse/Myer’s faction because they’re desperately in need of hope. Practically, it’s unthinkable to not support Myers and Willemse in the current situation that offers no other options. Two smaller devils who refuse to explain their history or their present are better than Hell itself in Knysna, which is what would happen if they were kicked out. If the current, flawed situation isn’t clung onto, Knysna would be damned for years.
PS: Where’s Mmusi Maimane as DA leader? Where’s Helen Zille in her role as Premier? They’re not irrelevant. Are they just hiding whilst pulling the strings of their puppets on the ground? What is certain is that they don’t care about us, that everything they’ve ever said about fighting corruption and standing for transparency was a lie.