Knysna Councillor Richard Dawson has resigned owing to poor health. A nonsense press release is doing the rounds claiming what a great man he is. In the Knysna context, that’s a load of bullshit. It’s a political eulogy that has nothing to do with Knysna’s reality.
No surprise that the press release is composed by Fran Kirsten, the ex-full-time journalist for the Knysna-Plett Herald who refused to report on my info about Knysna Tourism for years. No surprise that Dawson was on the Board of Directors for Knysna Tourism and that Kirsten has been doing work for Knysna Tourism (she was one of the people who would not allow me to attend the announcement of the last CEO which turned out to be – no surprise, again – Greg Vogt).
Do not let people such as these write themselves into positive history after damaging our town.
I remember Dawson as the DA Councillor who, with help from his great ineptitude, persuaded me not to join the DA.
I will remember Dawson as my Ward Councillor who promised to help but became only a liar.
He was also the man the Ward 10 Committee reported to, the same people who unconstitutionally will not accept my queries.
Dawson has been part of the blackout and cover-up. He did Knysna a great disservice. Good riddance!
I’m fully aware that he can use this in his High Court case against me. Shutting up and pretending to be courteous only hurts Knysna. Say it like it is! Protect our democracy from the undemocratic!
Yes, Dawson has ill health and should have left office ages ago. But this is also another part of the changes afoot within the DA as they know that they’ve screwed up in the Knysna public’s opinion. First Lauren Waring, the ex-Municipal Manager, left. Now Dawson. I expect Councillor Michelle Wasserman will be next (that was rumoured last year already so i expect it will be sooner than later). All 3 involved in the Tourism mess and discussed in my blogs.
What next? Ward 10 is the centre of Knysna, arguably the most important. It’s a no-brainer winner for the DA – white residents rule and they vote DA. Will the DA put in another compromised person (heaven forbid it be another person from the ward committee or someone from the Knysna Ratepayers’ Association). Maybe that dude from the Knysna Sports School, Mark Willemse – he’s been hanging around a lot.