KNYSNA CORRUPTION CONTROVERSY
The Knysna-Plett Herald has re-written their article on the Knysna corruption scandal involving Knysna Municipality, Parliament, Susan Campbell and me.
It’s interesting because the newspaper, without drawing conclusion, does show that Knysna Municipality LIED about the ISDF tender and the ILLEGALITY of the appointment of previous Municipal Manager Grant Easton.
MUNICIPALITY MISLEADING THE PUBLIC
The Municipality claims that they haven’t been idle regards my allegations but severely neglect to mention that they ignored me for years and are only acting on Campbell’s complaint after a DA faction war. In no way, is the Municipality and Acting Municipal Manager Johnny Douglas voluntarily doing the right thing.
Bizarrely, the Knysna Municipality said, “The Knysna municipality has written proof from local media houses that these media houses did not mandate Susan Campbell to speak on their behalf during the parliamentary committee hearing. In fact, one media house said that prior to this issue they did not even know who Susan Campbell was. Not one of the media houses complained that the Knysna municipality tried to gag them by withholding their advertisement.”
At no stage did Campbell or I state that we were speaking on behalf of any newspaper. I made it very clear that I believe that our local media is corrupted, Knysna-Plett Herald atop that pile. Again, the Municipality seems to want to distract from what is actually happening.
SMALL STEP TOWARDS TRUTH
I think this small step by the newspaper towards the truth confirms the rumour that Fran Kirsten, their ex-reporter, now the illegal Communications manager of the Knysna Municipality, is fighting with them. Maybe the newspaper is realising that they’re no longer going to get away with supporting this corrupt government.
Unfortunately, their song and dance routine cannot be ignored. Another political lie may be suggested with, “Knysna mayor Eleonore Bouw-Spies did not appear at the hearing after having requested a postponement which, by all accounts, was not granted by the committee,” but it’s notable that they left out Spies’ nefarious role in this mess, that she lied to the Committee about working on the budget but was, instead, in Beaufort West, campaigning for the DA. Even the photo of me, taken by Editor Elaine King, excluded the bottom part of my shirt which had Spies name on it. All King had to do was ask for a photo-
-but, unfortunately, this is the third article on the subject that the newspaper has failed to ask me for comment whilst ignoring my information. We’re likely headed for the Press Ombudsman again whilst, now, I’ve gained more evidence for when I sue them. I would’ve already if it weren’t for my mind and hands being full with fighting the corruption of the Democratic Alliance and the Knysna Municipality.
PS: ‘Knysna Corruption Controversy’ is the sub-header used on the front page of the newspapers printed edition.