Bottom of the barrel, where Those-Who-Could-Do-Better can be found, is where you will find Jaco Londt. I am responding to his absurd and unhelpful DA response to my letter in the Knysna-Plett Herald last week.
Understand how important Jaco Londt is. He is the DA Constituent Leader for Knysna! He is the DA Manager of the Eastern Region (Klein Karoo/Garden Route)! He is a member of Parliament!
Somehow, incredibly, most DA voters don’t know who he is (that is the way the DA likes it as they manage us from faraway). Despite Londt’s power, he chose NOT TO ADDRESS A SINGLE ISSUE AFFECTING KNYSNA. It is reminiscent of Helen Zille’s and MEC Alan Winde’s empty trips here last year. She told mostly pensioners in blue shirts how great DA/AGANG was (you know how that worked out) instead of mentioning anything directly relevant to Knysna. Winde would not hand over the recording of our meeting and the DA’s stated intentions towards Knysna became nothing.
What is the state of Knysna’s finances? Do we have money or do we not? Grant Easton, the Acting Municipal Manager, reckons rates must go up to double digits. Yet there is so much wasteful expenditure by Knysna Municipality. Let us look at some of the contradictions:
Why can our potholes not be fixed? If we do not have money then how could 8 municipal officials and DA politicians go on an expensive trip to Cape Town at our expense? Why do our wastewater works and water supply keep getting into trouble? Why is there not a publicly available map of our pipes with their age for replacement? Why does the water stink alongside George Rex Drive? What weed killer is the Knysna Municipality using (gas-masked workers don’t look Naturally Knysna)? If we are not broke, then why could we not find 1% of our budget for emergency repairs only 2 months into the financial year? But borrowed R15-million which will require R30-million paid back. What of those fancy office upgrades and new furniture, DSTV and big screen purchases whose final cost they won’t reveal? If we do not have money, then why do municipal salaries keep going up?
Why have they never held a single person accountable for the publicly funded finances of Knysna Tourism running into the red but instead rewarded some of those involved? I know that I am a stuck parrot here but let me repeat: WHY HAVE THEY NEVER HELD ANYONE ACCOUNTABLE? Why did they illegally allow ratepayer’s money to fund the organisation’s debt?
Who exactly benefits from the money from the Knysna Pick ‘n Pay Oyster Festival? How much is paid in salaries, particularly to the Cape Town-based company, Worldsport? How can we not know what is happening with the biggest tourist event in our tourist town?
Why do they keep repeating we had a “clean audit” for Knysna Municipality when the proper term is “unqualified”. Why do they not mention that the Auditor General queried 3 major issues which included R9-million in incorrectly awarded tenders and a municipal manager whose husband was the main private contractor for the Electricity department? Does that sound “clean” to any reasonable person?
What happened to the ISDF, the 30-year plan for our town that was given to those with the most conflict of interest? What happened to that investigation? So delayed it must be considered that they’ve tried to bury it. Our town’s planning has been greatly delayed without it.
Why will the DA and Knysna Municipality not answer my questions yet keep saying they have answered them? Why are my emails blocked? Why will Chris Bezuidehout, the Communications Manager not answer me? Did he even gain his job legally? Why will municipal employee, Richard Meyer, hypocritically a well-known pastor, not answer the questions I collected from the public regards the Traffic department? Why are anonymously authored press releases that favour the DA being released on anonymously run social media sites? Why are DA members, including Deputy Mayor Esme Edge, supporting them and Mark Allan, who consistently, on behalf of the DA and others opposing my questioning, breaks the Protection Order I have against him? Why are the DA being so ridiculous and childish in using criticism of my old poetry as the reason why they don’t have to address real issues? Why did the DA refuse to respond to my challenge to public questioning after 38 000 of you had seen it and I had delivered printed versions to their office?
Why are DA politicians and DA members such as Ward Councillor Richard Dawson laying numerous court cases against me over the same matters? Why are DA politicians abusing the law by approaching the High Court after the Chief Magistrate turned their applications down? Why does the DA keep lying that I’m ANC? Why is the DA so desperate to bury me? Why does the DA not believe in communication? Why does the DA destroy truth?
Why is the DA not first to uphold the Constitution but instead the first to destroy it in Knysna? Why is Jaco Londt holding a match and a can of petrol?
Jaco Londt forsakes honesty, failing to mention that he met me a year ago, promising to look into matters, and then did nothing! There were emails before and after. That smacks of the same dishonesty practised by MEC Alan Winde and Magda Moos when they promised answers too – they never have!
Jaco Londt is either a manager with management over nothing or he is an informed boss encouraging damage to our town. Either way, he is a fraud, an empty shell coated in political sweet nothingness. He has deliberately continued the DA’s policy to fail Knysna and serve itself. In doing so, he is also failing DA supporters who still cling to the hope that the DA is better than their fear of anything else.
The crimes of the ANC do not make the DA right – it makes both very wrong! There has to be more to our lives than the gang colours of political parties and skin colours that divide us so as to conquer any chance of our understanding.
Why are there different rules for the DA? Why is the Democratic Alliance not accountable? Is Jaco Londt and our Council possibly working for someone not us?
Please, Knysna, think for yourself!