This is about the Democratic Alliance (DA) most of you don’t know… and more of you don’t want to know…
When Knysna was taken over by the DA in 2011, I felt positive about it. The next 5 years turned that feeling inside out and me upside down.
I discovered the abuse of public funds, turned to the DA for help only to watch them protect their politicians involved. Consequently, I became an activist… and their biggest critic as I discovered more and more of their wrongdoing.
Their response, via the Knysna Municipality, was to unconstitutionally block my emails. Their response was to lay crimen injuria and harassment charges against me and sue me. Those involved in those cases included two DA councillors on the Mayoral Committee, a DA candidate councillor, the CEO of Tourism and a nasty propagandist/cyberstalker the DA are intimately associated with.
Three of the people involved in a Facebook propaganda campaign (that outrageously associated me with a missing child, being a danger to children, a murder, working for a third force and the destruction of our town’s economy), have been made candidates for the 2016 Municipal Elections.
One is an advocate and married to a member of the Mayoral Committee. She has, in some way, being involved in all the cases against me [i deliberately leave out links to articles about her as our heads of argument are to be submitted to the Magistrate this Friday].
The ex-ANC Mayor, now the DA Speaker, who refused to investigate the bad conduct of DA councillors, is now the DA’s Mayoral Candidate.
NO MATTER THE COST
Their motives and alleged misdeeds are obvious… so why is it that Premier Helen Zille, MEC Anton Bredell, MEC Alan Winde and DA Eastern Region Manager Jaco Londt, who are aware of our town’s problems, have failed to step in for years? Instead, each have played a serious role in wronging our town. Londt wouldn’t even respond to the threats I received, choosing instead to announce the perpetrator, Dr. Martin Young, as a candidate.
All the court cases were aimed at gagging me. Having no money and no legal representative, i started by losing in the High Court and Lower Court. It’s important to note that those cases concerned defamation and not the merits of the issues of corruption I’ve presented. In the most important case, my evidence (hundreds of pages) wasn’t considered. In another, which i believe that i’d overwhelmingly won (i even caught the complainant in perjury), the magistrate made no mention of my extensive evidence in his judgement. These actions were so glaring that it must be asked why???
For me, it’s been a trial of fire, having to try learn the law whilst on the go, discovering that the constitutional right to fair trial is absent whilst technicalities and seeming bias rule the day.
The negativity is further emphasised by police who won’t investigate and the local Public Protector office who knowingly accepted a lie from local government so that he would, i believe, have an excuse not to investigate.
THE SYSTEM IS ROTTEN
It’s not about right and wrong. It seems to be about loyalty to power. As those in Limpopo serve the ANC, so those in the Western Cape serve the DA. The result is that bias is destroying South Africa.
Although the corruption of power has never favoured one race, party or country, there is general disbelief by white people that the DA can do wrong. Maybe it’s their desperation in clinging to hope in a country spiralling out of control.
Their disbelief, initially, made my activism journey so much harder – try being a white person criticising the DA in a small, conservative town seemingly controlled by a rich minority.
DON’T GIVE UP
But I never gave up…
I stopped them from taking my computer, cellphone, books and CDs. I gained a Protection Order against one and an interim protection order against another (however, our corrupt police have not arrested them despite those being repeatedly broken).
In February, I presented my allegations of corruption to Parliament. The Democratic Alliance refused to attend and were instructed by Parliament to apologise. When they finally turned up, I wasn’t invited so never got to present simple questions that would have exposed them. I have no idea what’s truly happening in Parliament because the Committee involved doesn’t respond. However, I have proven the DA/Knysna Municipality’s Parliamentary response to be a massive lie.
Why are there are double standards, fingers pointed at ANC crime but never at DA crime? Shouldn’t all crime be judged equally in our democracy? Or is it just that there’s a war on for our country, a power struggle that’s got more to do with big business than citizen rights, more to do with self-interests than serving those who elected them?
Each time the DA does something bad to me, they make me more stubborn. I’ll not let go until justice is served on those who did our town wrong in so many ways. But being stubborn doesn’t mean that they won’t stop me. They’re playing with most of the balls and they own the referees.
I have to hope that Parliament steps in. I have to hope that COGTA steps in. I have to hope that there’s an advocate, somewhere, who believes in my constitutional right and isn’t afraid to give me advice.
In the meanwhile, for me, there are more court cases ahead and I worry that I’ll be hurt in other ways.
As for our town of Knysna, August’s local elections are likely to reelect the same Democratic Alliance circus, consolidating the power of some of those who have done us wrong.
If I were the Devil in South Africa I’d whisper to Helen Zille and Jacob Zuma that they should never listen to the public… but ironically yell as loudly as they can to the public, “We are listening!” so that is all that they hear;
I would convince the people that right and wrong are determined by a few who call themselves authorities and refer to their agenda as politically correct;
I would convince people that character and community service are not considerations when choosing leaders and that all that matters is DA blue or ANC gold;
I would delude their minds into thinking that the power they have entrusted the self-serving politician with are blessings from voters who dared to hope of service;
I would promise the voters austerity and transparency and then laugh as I did exactly the opposite whilst knowing they are powerless to seek justice for another 5 years after they failed to seek justice the previous 5 years…
Read the rest of ‘If I Were the Devil’.