It’s a long tale of Democratic Alliance corruption that the party has refused to address. The longer the refusal, the more politicians it implicates (from this little town all the way to Cape Town).
The Knysna-Plett Herald published an ‘article’ about my interaction with Helen Zille at a meeting in Knysna on July 22. I consider it to be part of the newspaper’s and the DA’s usual campaign to discredit me, an activist who has fought hard to bring justice to a number of matters in which they are implicated. You can read the real story here.
The newspaper has published a follow-up. This time, some of what i said to Helen Zille is included:
Mike Hampton accused the DA of having double standards:
“Helen, I’m hoping you agree that all corruption is bad?
Our town is in crisis. There is a faction fight within the DA. Half of the [politicians] will not be with us next election.The mayor won’t be the mayor. Our municipal manager is under investigation.
What we’ve never had is an understanding of what has happened in our town… and never had official responses to very serious matters…
As [our] Premier, I ask you to please show more respect to our small town and to treat our issues with the gravity they deserve…”
PREMIER HELEN ZILLE SHOULD BE OUTRAGED
In a democracy, politicians and municipal officials must be held accountable. Transparency should be a given, not fought for. A political party calling itself the DEMOCRATIC Alliance should know that better than most.
Will Helen Zille be outraged at what her underhanded minions have been doing? It may have been 5 long years but I’m still hoping, one last time, that she chooses to be democratic by pursuing truth and consequent justice.
But i’d settle for the DA hanging on to power if it meant that she, later this year, laid criminal charges against her crooked members. Thereafter, if needed, the DA could compete fairly in the by-elections or simply replace a PR councillor with the next on the list.
I’d still sue all involved but would be willing to accept a deal regarding the DA if it included them working with me to stop politicians abusing the law. I’m losing count but i may be facing my 13th legal challenge; all tied to the DA, all tied to preventing truth and criticism. The Constitution requires amendment or, if i’m in ignorance, enforcement.
Will the DA accept a momentary black eye, albeit a big one, so that Knysna can finally try get healthy? Surely that’s the logical, honest way forward?
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PS: The Knysna-Plett Herald has irresponsibly syndicated their previous misrepresentation of the meeting.
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