Pants down, skirts up, caught playing with their political selves? The Knysna East Head lease scandal continues thanks to three people supporting what must be considered deception. Two were expected, the third will surprise.
Let’s make a quick cappuccino with what’s happened so far…
The East Head is the most iconic geographical location in Knysna, the #1 attraction on Tripadvisor. At its base, on the Estuary side, on public land curated by the Knysna Municipality, are a scenic deck and walkway, and two restaurants with a parking lot in between. I emphasise the words “public” and “curate”. It’s owned by the people of Knysna who have essentially hired the Municipality to look after it for them. National, provincial and local laws protect that trust.
Cornuti’s won the previous tender but fell R4-million in arrears. Court battles are rumoured to have summed the total loss to R7-million. Strangely, no heads are rolling out the Municipal door. The East Head Café is in the uncomfortable position of subletting, paying rent to Cornuti’s which doesn’t get handed over to the Municipality.
However, the East Head lease ends on December 31, awkwardly in the middle of holidays in a tourist town. Since the Municipality is unsure whether Cornuti’s will keep fighting, a separate lease was given to East Head Café. The problem is how they did it, seemingly against those laws protecting public assets.
There’s an argument for and against. I’m going to increase my understanding and present that to my readers next year, after submitting to the Public Protector.
This blog is about 3 lawyers seemingly trying to sell me a false impression.
The Municipality’s Legal Adviser Melony Paulsen lied to me that she’d deliver the info requested. Deputy Mayor Advocate Peter Meyer’s presented the falsehood that I’m acting for the ANC’s agenda (I act for the truth wherever it goes, something well known to have cost me relationships). When met with unsupported belligerence, alarm bells ring, encouraging me to dig deeper.
In Council, Chief Financial Officer Lourie Fourie had said he was going to report the Council for pushing the 3-year (renewable up to 6 years) lease. He referred to his 7-page ‘physical’ report which the Ordinary Council Meeting ignored. He was bizarrely belittled, publicly scolded that he wasn’t a lawyer, ignored that he’s the CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER.
Paulsen and Myers played with words, refusing to answer me directly regards the existence of that report. Paulsen stated no such report.was left off any agenda. Myers repeatedly supported her reference to only “oral reports”. His friend, attorney Susan Campbell, stood with them, stating on Facebook that there was an “oral report”. Telephonically, she repeated the belittling that Fourie wasn’t a lawyer.
A whistleblower has given me the 7-page report.
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Some definitions of “Deception”:
1. To give a false impression.
2. The act or statement intended to make people believe something that isn’t true.
3. To deceive someone and disappoint them.
4. Not being loyal to someone
In order for conduct to be misleading or deceptive, it must constitute a misrepresentation, and it must also take into account all surrounding circumstances.