It is already obvious that the local municipal elections, in 2 years time, are going to be fierce. I’d expect nothing less considering that Knysna and Plettenberg Bay have been held by both the DA and the ANC the past two terms. And, looking at the general election’s voting patterns, it suggests that the ANC may take back Plett and the DA may cling onto Knysna.
Nothing is set in stone. There were many ulterior plans afoot the last time round so that we only knew for certain who our leaders were once all the chips had been eaten. The battle for Rheenendal and Brenton, which i will go into more detail on next week, gives us a taste of how hot it’s going to be. As entertaining as it is, the quality of real lives should be foremost in our minds.
The problem with people not talking is that all sides don’t get represented. I often present my opinions to my readers but much prefer doing so after they, and me (especially) have been able to weigh up ALL the sides. When people don’t respond or refuse to do so, i hammer the point home so that they are more likely to. There isn’t a person in our local government who isn’t aware of that so it confounds that some still choose not to, ensuring that whoever opposes them gets to run on higher ground. Not talking also looks damn suspicious.
In the case of Eleanore Bouw-Spies, i’ve spoken to civilians, the DA and the ANC. After the monumental cock-up that was that Knysna-Plett Herald article, it’s dismaying that i only have the ANC on record. I have held back for 2 days because i’d hoped to publish theirs and Eleanore’s simultaneously… and then follow that up with an article expressing many views that lead us closer to the truth of the situation.
I believe that both sides are prepared to stretch the truth when there’s so much at stake. For the ANC, it’s to take back Knysna. For the DA, it’s to hold onto it with the long term plan possibly inserting (i’d think, at the very least) Eleanore on the Mayoral Committee (which is where the real local power lies). And if the DA can’t find a decent black or coloured face, Eleanore may just become Mayor again, surely one of the few to have done so for both sides. The stakes are already high but i want you to consider that they may even be higher.
Politicians do not have the option not to talk. Not if they want to be our leaders!
Consider this a prelude to ‘The ANC Responds to Eleanore Bouw Queries’.