Today, I expose Advocate Julie Seton’s involvement with Knysna Knews.
As the courtroom is her area of expertise, I fully expect this to give me more legal trouble. There are others who may try jail me in a separate yet related matter. I do this because I believe that Knysna is suffering from a lack of honest government. I do this because, without truth, we live a lie. The truth must come out…
I’ve been under a disinformation attack for a long time. It started when i began seeking answers to the what went wrong at Knysna Tourism, an organisation that had politicians on its Board of Directors whilst it ran year after year at a loss whilst not following the supply chain management process. This was concerning because it was only able to run through the abuse of public funds.
Whilst no one would answer questions, despite me having gathered lots of evidence, those I’d accused flooded me with court cases. As I had no lawyer or legal background, I suffered…. but I’m slowly learning. Those cases involved defamation and harassment i.e. they were meant to act as gag orders, to stop me from writing, to stop me from asking questions.
The most common legal opposition figure has been Advocate Seton. This article must place her in a precarious position as she is the opposing counsel for several clients I’ve associated with the allegations in my submission. Surely, she’s practising misconduct?
Importantly, my allegations of corruption and maladministration have never gone to trial. As I haven’t the finances to pursue this properly, I’ve tried, for a long time, to get Government to step in. Unfortunately, there is no will in a DA-run Western Cape to investigate DA politicians. They have so far been untouchable but there is a crack of hope in that Parliament accepted my submission on February 10 2016.
Over a year ago, an anonymously run Facebook page called Knysna Knews began issuing propaganda articles against me. It seemed obvious that the writer had inside knowledge of the municipality and my court cases.
Advocate Julie Seton must be considered as the prime motivator, or one of the prime motivators, behind that Knysna Knews’ page. Although her involvement has long been common knowledge in some circles, it’s only now that I have proof against her.
Notably, Advocate Seton is married to Deputy Mayor Esme Edge who was a Director at Knysna Tourism whose illegal funding I made a complaint against. Edge and Seton have a court order against me. I was previously given a 60-day suspended sentence for writing one blog during the High Court process. But truth must be spoken to power.
Knysna Knews supports the DA through attacking me with outright lies meant to hinder justice and understanding. Since my submission to Parliament and consequent media coverage, their disinformation campaign, supported by politicians, has gone into overdrive. It’s been a challenging 3 weeks.
This is how I linked Advocate Seton to Knysna Knews, this is how she slipped up with a simple photo:
B1. On Feb 7 2016, an article was posted against me and Parliament. As has happened with other posts, a photo of the Knysna suburb of Brenton-on-Sea was included (Advocate Seton and Edge are residents of Brenton-on-Sea).
B2. The same photo of that tree at sunset, taken from the deck of the Brenton Haven hotel, had been posted on Advocate Seton’s personal Facebook page 2 weeks earlier, on January 23.
B3. On January 23, Edge posted, on her personal FB page, a different picture of the same tree at sunset, at almost the same angle.
B4. Below Edge’s picture, one of her friend’s stated, “I swear that’s Julie Seton’s photo.” Seton responded, “Nope, Esme took that one, guess where we both are :)”
It’s further striking, as secondary evidence, that Seton and Edge have regularly shared Knysna Knews posts about several topics. The timing of the posts and their shares are not coincidental, surely a mathematical long-shot that it’s so often just after the original posting i.e. Knysna Knews must be considered to not only be run by Seton but by Edge too. I have taken many screenshots to assist investigation and the eventual court case.
The first Knysna Knews post was 24 October 2014. For anyone to know it was there, they’d have to be invited or told. There were no comments but there were 5 Likes – those included DA Councillor Ray Barrell, Seton, Edge and another local resident.
It’s likely that 3 out 5 were Brenton residents, connected to one another, meant that the page creator was a Brenton resident too,
It’s possible that the anonymous creator was a member of the DA considering that this very small area votes overwhelmingly DA?
The following the day, the first DA post on Knysna Knews appeared. It was accompanied by a single photo that included ‘That DA Politician’ and Councillor Barrell, the two Councillors who had Liked the page’s first post the day before. More photos of Edge would appear on future posts.
Considering that Advocate Julie Seton Liked the first post and is the longest active user of Knysna Knews, it further suggests that she is the creator.
This fits with common knowledge inside Knysna Municipality i.e. Advocate Seton and Edge run Knysna Knews.
The DA loved to work with Mark Allan against me despite my protection order against him. After I asked, in comment section of Knysna Knews, for the Admins to identify themselves, Allan responded:
“This is silly. You [Hampton] know who Admins this page. I know who Admins this page. Most people know who Admins this page. And it is totally irrelevant.”
and, in another comment,
“One Admins name is common knowledge. If it really is that important, you surely already know it. Why do you not address her, instead of skipping around the question?”
It is further notable that statements made on Knysna Knews suggested inside knowledge, a connection to local government. It included photos taken in the Council Chamber.
The language used is sometimes that of a person from the legal profession. Additionally, there is an insight into cases, and claims of having read those cases, which can only mean access to those cases, either through being involved or through interaction with those involved.
Before posting my submission to Parliament online, I sent it to a handful of people, asking for comment. These few, on 12 February 2016, included Advocate Julie Seton and Attorney Carl Jeppe, as legal representatives of several people I’ve mentioned in my submission (ex-Speaker, Deputy Mayor and a DA Branch Manager). It’s important to note that Knysna Knews, the following day, February 13, kept referring to the contents of the submission, obviously having read it before I posted it publicly on February 15.
In response to my request for comment by 3 of his DA clients regards my submission to Parliament, Jeppe sent me a strongly worded letter (February 15 2016) that I considered to be a threat.
“[We] afford you the caveat that the attachment certainly contravenes both an existing high court interdict and harassment order and the appropriate steps will be taken.”
That said despite anything submitted to Parliament being in the public domain (a week later, I discovered that the Committee had posted it online themselves, along with an audio recording of the presentation).
As Jeppe’s response was sent as an unsigned attachment, as they have mostly been, I wanted to be sure that Seton wasn’t acting as his secretary, as has been rumoured. I asked that a signed version be sent. Despite a follow-up email, that hasn’t happened the past 14 days.
Instead of stating the obvious which is that that That DA Politician was previously a Director of Knysna Tourism for 3 years in question, and thus asked to helpfully attend Parliament to answer questions regarding that major part of the submission, Knysna Knews took a conspicuously personal and approach with:
“Reading the submission it would appear [Hampton] wanted Edge… simply to ask a question about her personal life.”
The smaller reference is to me asking the Committee to ask Edge what her relationship is with Seton i.e. she would have had to answer that they are married.
Who is linked to who will be relevant to investigation. How they can deny such simple knowledge from the Public is one reason why I criticise how my cases have been handled in Court.
As Advocate Julie Seton is an advocate (not an attorney), it’s odd that she appears in the Lower Court against me on behalf of several people linked to Knysna Tourism.
Admittedly, my knowledge of the law is scant but as far as I’m aware, there’s a legal separation between the professions of Attorneys and Advocates.
The Knysna Magistrate Court, which I consider to be extremely unfavourable towards me, has been seemingly allowing her to act illegally as an attorney.
Advocate Seton operates from the offices of Attorney Carl Jeppe.
When I asked, as was my right, to view the taxation (costs) of the trial involving Edge and me, the secretary was unable to do so, phoning Seton and not Jeppe for answers i.e. Seton illegally instructed Jeppe’s secretary.
Although I’ve witnessed Seton appear many times alone, even answer to the call for Jeppe by a Magistrate, it was only on 24 February 242016, that I inversely got the matter on record (case no. 732/2015) i.e. the supposed instructing Attorney Jeppe seemingly implicated himself and Seton when he briefly presented himself to ask for the case to be delayed because:
B5. Seton was unavailable (having accompanied Edge to visit her ill sister).
B6. Jeppe had another court case happening at the same time (which translates into him not being available in the courtroom as instructing attorney).
Relevantly, that court case finds Seton suing me for defamation on behalf of Mark Allan. Why – because I exposed 10 of his fake identities because he has been the biggest propagandist against me, on behalf of the Knysna Municipality, the Democratic Alliance and Knysna Tourism (who is now in possession of his business which he alleges he gave them before emigrating to Thailand where he now acts against me with impunity).
Despite the Protection Order I have against him, he’s Facebook friends with the politicians mentioned, as well as Advocate Seton. They comment with him on the Knysna Knews Facebook page and he comments and likes on their pages. They allow the association. The DA benefits from his lies about me.
DA Eastern Region Manager Jaco Londt has so far not responded to my previous complaint.
This story is far from over. I expect the disinformation campaign against me to continue.
NB: Owing to the Court order against me, this post originally didn’t mention Esme Edge by name.