It’s symbolic of the growing crime in our town that, over a handful of years, Knysna Tourism’s very visible offices in Main Street, opposite Knysna Mall, have been robbed before. Two failed attempts to break in followed. A shop next door to them even had the female staff terrified as they were robbed and left tied up.
This time the thief or thieves were successful but only if they realise what they’ve got.
Knysna Tourism has been an unwelcoming organisation towards me – my regular readers will know why. However, on Sunday, May 25, Greg Vogt asked me to meet him at their offices so that he could further ‘explain’ why he was right and Lisette Withers was wrong regarding the Knysna Elephant Park scandal. I was was just leaving for a braai with some of the kids from Judah Square which meant me delaying the 2 cars that were waiting to pick me and them up.
It had been a long time since i’d been in the back offices of Knysna Tourism – it looked the same. It was strange that Greg Vogt had chosen this as our meeting place. The building was empty except for the two of us.
Vogt started by telling me that they’d been broken into that weekend and that the thief or thieves has gone past unattached monitors on the floor and grabbed only one item which was the tower case that stored details of Knysna Tourism’s membership. He never mentioned what else was on there (surely more than just an excel spreadsheet). I don’t know who uses that desk now but at one stage i think it was Glendyrr Fick’s, the now office manager.
He suggested it was suspicious and asked my opinion. I said that i’d be suspicious too but, without a thief in custody or proof the info has been used, who can really tell. Maybe the burglar/s heard a noise outside or noticed the box shooting the security beams.
As a gesture of goodwill considering the elephant conversation we were about to have, i said that i wouldn’t blog about it but, now, three weeks later, the Knysna-Plett Herald has published the incident. Considering it had been kept under wraps and that the KPH is printing such old news, my best guess is that Knysna Tourism, strangely, has given them the story.