Attorney Dalene Willemse, wife of the Democratic Alliance’s Knysna Mayor, Mark Willemse, and an active Constituency member herself, has explosively quit the DA. She’s cited DA threats against her husband as reason. That’s compounded by his recent heart attack, and him being back at work in between operations.
DALENE WILLEMSE’S LETTER
On 15 August 2019, Dalene Willemse made a Facebook comment on Knysna Politics Exposed, informing that she had resigned from the DA.
She shared a letter she’d sent to the DA on 8 August (view at the bottom of this page) wherein she states that her husband was threatened with a smear campaign by the DA if he didn’t play to their tune after his recent heart attack.
The letter is addressed to Constituency Head Dion George and several local councillors belonging to a provincial faction of the DA that has sought to get rid of Willemse and his colleague, Mayoral Committee member Peter Myers. Their motivation appears to be the protection of corruption involving its faction members e.g. Premier Alan Winde, MEC Local Government Anton Bredell, National Assembly staff member Eleanore Spies and ex-Premier Helen Zille.
The letter is CCied to Winde and Bredell.
DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE FUELLING CRISIS
The long refusal by Government and other agencies to address the DA’s corruption has kept Knysna in crisis for years. The latest obstructor is DA Federal Finance Chair Dion George, the new constituency representative for Knysna. He joins a queue of rotten politicians issuing lies that protect, rather than investigate, politically affiliated crime.
George’s first appearances in Knysna were reported to find him severely lacking. I gave him opportunity to respond to a summary of corruption but he’s chosen, per DA rules, to be an irresponsible coward.
THE SPIES INFECTION ROTS THE DA
The Knysna Ward 5 by-election debate in Brenton this week would have re-alerted George to a problem that will build towards the 2021 local elections. People are angry with the DA, and that will result in the loss of the proportional representative votes it needs to hold onto power.
DA arrogance ensured that fraudster and Knysna Constituency Chairperson Rowan Spies spoke more at that ‘debate’ than their own candidate, Hilton Stroebbels. The latter, will likely become like the others, a yes-baas-man for a salary.
Knysna also hasn’t forgiven the DA for promoting ex-Mayor Eleanore Spies, to the National Assembly after the De Swardt Vogel & Myambo investigation damned her for fraud. The DA chose to favour her yet vilify Willemse who requested charges against her. White, coloured and black citizens protested on Willemse’s behalf outside the building housing the Council Chambers.
But the greatest damnation must be reserved for political stupidity.
To hold onto the town in 2016, the DA secretly paid money towards the election campaign of the ANC’s Velile Waxa who then conned his voters by running as an Independent but then signing up people to the DA.
The underhanded strategy, which was against the Public’s right to have their representatives be honest with them, was allegedly under instructions from DA East Region Manager Jaco Londt who probably would’ve been under instructions from Cape Town.
Note that this had happened before, several DA MECs allegedly sponsoring neighbouring Bitou Municipality’s Independent Memory Booysen via a shell company. Booysen became DA Mayor, and then never punished those receiving graft from Rowan Spies. The case also involved sedition which the SAPS conveniently vanished.
Eleanore Spies became Knysna’s DA Mayor. Booysen became Mayor of the District… and promoted Rowan Spies to his Mayoral Committee.
Back in Knysna in 2016, the DA’s slipping-slippery fingers managed to hold onto the town.
It seemed to be reward from MEC Bredell that he failed to act for a long time against Waxa who was implicated in tender interference and publicly threatened a female citizen.
But the bad news for this DA faction is that Waxa became suspect #1 in the assassination of ANC Chief Whip Victor Molosi. After a year, his innocence or guilt has yet to be proven but he’s recently out on bail, those monies and his legal defense funded by an unknown party or parties.
As consequence, the ANC repeatedly protested, the Western Cape suffering as the N2 was repeatedly closed.
Yet the DA continues its shenanigans, hating the Public with every move.
And the Media continues to use silence as their weapon to support DA corruption.
“Dear Dr George et all… Mark suffered a heart attack on 26 June 2019, about 4 days after you warned him that unless he followed DA instructions, the DA would commence with a smear campaign against him, even if that campaign involved lies…
What you are requiring him to do now, is attend public meetings [for the by-election] and to explain the position of the DA Knysna, despite the negative messages being put out about Mark on social media. These are confusing the public and Mark will inevitably be subjected to questioning by the public on his position within the DA.
Knowing Mark, he would not want to be accused of dishonesty and of lacking integrity. His answers would have to be open and transparent, and may therefore portray the DA in a less than flattering light…”
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