I’m asking you to stand up for Avitha Sunkar, the Budget Manager for Knysna Municipality, who has been victimised after saving our town millions. You’ll also be standing up for yourself cause it’s your taxpayers’ cash that the Municipality’s been wasting.
Simultaneously, you’ll be standing against political bias and perverse journalism.
Knysna-Plett Herald, as headed by Editor Elaine King and Director Nicole Rimbault, has repeatedly delivered articles killing facts, fairness and honesty. An omission is bias too, arguably support for the cancer of the questionable and corrupt in our town. It infects minds with wrong impressions that encourage sickness to continue. Chemotherapy is needed.
To summarise, Sunkar saved Knysna lots of money. Instead of a reward, she entered a period of victimisation. I detailed that in ‘Worker Suspended After Saving Town R40-million‘, essential reading because you need to compare it to the rubbish that the newspaper posted.
Yolande Stander’s article pretends Knysna Municipality’s actions against Avitha Sunkar are justified. They aren’t.
Shame on the Knysna-Plett Herald, Acting Municipal Manager Johnny Douglas, and the political faction (DA and ANC) that supports Douglas.
The most shame falls on Mayor Eleanore Spies and Speaker Georlene Wolmarans. They have allowed the DA circus to continue – scandal after scandal yet their only response is to arrogantly give us, the public, the middle finger.
Where’s Premier Helen Zille? It’s her job to look after us. Zille is aware of our towns nasties and nastiness yet does nothing.
SUNKAR IN THE DARK
I contacted Sunkar who said, “No correspondence has been forwarded to me to notify me about the continuation of the disciplinary hearing scheduled to take place in May 2017. Knysna-Plett Herald never contacted me for comment in 2016, nor 2017, to obtain my comments prior to them publishing both articles.”
That’s makes this situation more serious.
The Municipality, which has delayed Sunkar’s right to defend herself at a cost of over R800,000 in stay-at-home pay, never informed her of her disciplinary hearing! Or, if they sent it to her lawyer, did so just before the public holiday so that she never received it before publishing.
The article wasn’t urgency and too late for inclusion in the newspaper’s printed edition so why was it rushed online unless to vilify Sunkar and consolidate the Municipality’s false position as ‘good guys’.
In 2016, the newspaper and Municipality attacked Sunkar with front page – www.knysnaplettherald.com/news/News/General/168980/Knysnas-chief-financial-officer-resigns. Sunkar wasn’t allowed comment, again unable to defend herself.
This feels like a set-up.
I hope Avitha Sunkar sues the hell out of the newspaper.
I’ll be reporting the newspaper to the Press Ombudsman.
The Knysna-Plett Herald may send me another lawyer’s letter but I’ve enough evidence against them to embrace challenge. If I can do that, you can at least make a comment of disapproval on their Facebook at www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1379048102187143&id=104958529596113.