The expectation of truth, however, seems to occur to many South Africans only when it involves the political party they oppose e.g. willful ignorance. In my hometown of Knysna, that expresses itself as several privileged, white DA supporters being mad at me for questioning the lack of truth and transparency we’ve experienced under DA leadership. I’m not against whites (i am white) or privilege (i wish i was). And i’m not a member of the ANC (which is sometimes their absurd deduction for my demanding of honesty from the DA). I expect truth of everyone which particularly includes every politician and every party.
We’re human so we can falter or fall… and rise again so long as we acknowledge our mistake and enact our apology through action. This is what i’m hoping the Knysna DA and its Western Cape leadership will do.
Our town’s economic return to reality (what some may call the permanent recession) is tougher for us, the 68 000, than it is for those in the cities.
We’re a town of small businesses… or, rather, we were. We’re in flux as small businesses die and are replaced by national chain stores in the malls. Our Main Road no longer has the charm that many visited us for. Much of our industrial area emptied. Property, our second biggest industry, bloated with superficiality, took a dive off The Heads with the Lehman Brothers, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Timber, for which we became famous, took the plunge too.
We were already too reliant on tourism and now we are even more so which makes the financial disaster that happened at Knysna Tourism more relevant than ever to our fragile lives. So is the DA’s appalling handling of the situation.
The following email is subsequent to a meeting this month wherein DA members MEC Alan Winde, Peter Myers and Magda Moos promised to get the truth regards my accusation of gross mismanagement of Knysna Tourism (which led to its bankruptcy and its Directors, including DA politicians, getting off without payment or punishment). During the past 33 months, no promises from the DA became reality so it’s impossible for me to get my hopes up but that doesn’t mean that i shouldn’t try one last time… and give them a chance despite the challenges that also arose from meeting them (i’ll tell you more about that later).
For my long-time readers, this not only sums up all my requests (it has been exhausting compiling this list) but adds new facts and queries too.