It needs to be pointed out what Allan is attacking so as to query his true motives for damaging my image. Was there a political motive as well? He has constantly made references, without proof, whose intent is to disparage my attempts to bring transparency to Knysna Tourism which, at the least, was severely mismanaged at a loss of millions to the Knysna public. If such reason existed, I believe that he has gone far beyond that into a personal obsession that fits many definitions of cyberstalking.
The false identities of Mark Allan’s were boosting Shaun van Eck’s side whilst disparaging me and the Tourism Board. They used me as a distraction from the issues at hand. He seemed to have an agenda to help Shaun van Eck as his CCMA case approached. I wondered whether Shaun van Eck was aware of this so i contacted him. Surprisingly, he responded to me (thanks), saying that he wasn’t. He did, however, say that he now knows of Mark Allan as Allan’s helping him promote his new business on the net. Mark Allan definitely did approach van Eck’s ex-right-hand, Nicci Rousseau-Schmidt, who was the Public Relations head for both Knysna Tourism and the Knysna Municipality, in an attempt to work with them along with an offer to drown me out. They turned him down so he turned against her in a blog. He went to Greg Vogt, the director most responsible for van Eck’s removal, for support against me and, before and after that, trashed Vogt too.
There is vindication for me against the attacks by Mark Allan i.e. Shaun van Eck was found guilty by an independently chaired disciplinary inquiry for Dishonesty, Insubordination, Negligence and Poor Corporate Governance. He was relieved as the CEO of Knysna Tourism (if anyone is to stand up for themselves, it has to be Shaun van Eck but he got paid a lot of money to keep quiet). The topic is complicated as the Tourism Board is complicit but the relevant point is that Mark Allan defecates without proof on a continuous basis.
The article ‘Knysna Corruption’ not only summed up my position on that topic up until that date but was sufficient to have the Public Protector take on the case. Mark Allan never presents such pertinent facts as his sole intent is to defame me.
There was an attempt to settle the matter. Keep in mind, that I had let Mark Allan get away with his defamation of me for 14 months. I wasn’t immediately aware of it but once I was I placed other matters I was pursuing for Knysna ahead of it. But he never stopped so I eventually had to address him. Even then, the goal was to avoid going to court.
One of my lawyers, Yogesh Pama, gave Allan the opportunity to stop and print a public apology. Allan, instead, pretended to play along. I warned Pama that Allan’s nature was not to be amicable. I was proved correct as Allan immediately ran behind our backs to Knysna Tourism which prompted a call from Greg Vogt (Tourism Board Chairperson) which approximated as, “What the hell is going on ?” and, “We don’t want to be involved.”
Allan’s duplicity was further expressed by these 3 contradictory comments:
- Mark Allan to Yogesh Pama (23.01.2012): “That is a challenge I made to your client on 8th October 2011 and it is now dated. I accept that. Your client has not only built himself a small business but he has managed to make himself useful. And for that, I am willing to accommodate him. However, I am not entirely sure what it is he considers to be slanderous. I have been nasty. I have been discourteous, contemptuous and have ridiculed him. But I believe that at the time whatever I said was fully justified. And I have no problems retracting anything he believes is unfounded. More than that I cannot do.”
- talktown a.k.a. Mark Allan (24/01/2013 17:00:21): “Ironically enough I am now corresponding with Yogesh Pama of Mosdell Pama and Cox. They have the dubious privilege of representing “the mouth”. And I have been duly informed that I am to be sued for R100,000 for defaming his client, the Knysna Tourism Board and the manager of the Knysna Elephant Park.” Note that he is still negatively associating me with The Tourism Board and Greg Vogt (Tourism Board Chairperson and then Manager of the Knysna Elephant Park). Only i’m being represented. This is an extenuation of the conspiracy he’d previously presented. The irony is that Greg Vogt has become the focus of my pursuit for truth about Tourism.
- talktown (26/01/2013 17:15:18): “Wicked Mike is going to listen to what I have to say even if it has to be said in court…And not being a Christian I don’t have to turn the other cheek.”
Mark Allan’s plea was so contradictory to every bad thing he’d said that it’s like ending with a joke:
“The defendant (Mark Allan) denies having used false identities or to have made any false statements or to have intended to defame and/or injure the dignity of the plaintiff (Wicked Mike)…The defendant submits that it was his intention, and always has been, to encourage the plaintiff (Wicked Mike) to use his skills in a constructive way and to make a positive contribution to the society and community he believes he represents.” [does anything in this blog remotely give that absurd statement the ring of truth]
I won’t thank Mark Allan for his “kind” attempt to assist my moral direction but I will GIVE great thanks to Donald Curtis and Yogesh Pama, the lawyers from Mosdell Pama & Cox who believed in my case enough to help me. They have also faced many ludicrous and defamatory attacks by Mark Allan. Thank you, Sirs!
Mosdell Pama & Cox did not want me to publish this blog and wanted to reduce some of the accusations against Mark Allan so as to get the easy win. After all, I’d told them that the victory was more important than the money. I can’t fault their logic but for me, this is far bigger than that. I don’t want the easy win. I want to expose every lie that Mark Allan has spewed. I have given up almost everything in my pursuit of truth for Knysna and how can I insist others stand up for themselves if I fail to do so too. Additionally, others will be coming at me too. Elections are approaching which gives weight to the fact that I’ve been told more moves will be made against me. As difficult as it is, I have to send a message that I will not be intimidated into silence! Consequently, I have made the difficult decision to seek new legal representation. Or I may represent myself. Either way, I will not delay the case. Others have made that happen twice already.
There’s more that hasn’t been included here. One of his recent statements about me was: “Wouldn’t you rather take a look at “die tronk” in Rio St. I believe that is the other one and wouldn’t I like to see you with an uncertain future, clapped in irons and locked away?”
Sometimes, when Allan drives past me with his primary school son, his face contorts into a rage and he gives me the middle finger. Once he did it walking.
With Mark Allan not stopping, I will have to report on this again, at some stage, but, for now, I need to focus back on Tourism lest this distraction stops the truth from finally coming out.
I hope to leave the political activism one day and focus on Love Knysna and Love Knysna Projects. I could never have imagined that asking for the Knysna Tourism budget would’ve led me down a 29-month black hole. For now, I’m stuck trying to tie up the ragged loose ends of this and more.
But I can summarise this blog with these definitions of cyberstalking:
CyberAngels: “The following features or combination of features can be considered to characterize a true stalking situation: malice, premeditation, repetition, distress, obsession, vendetta, no legitimate purpose, personally directed, disregarded warnings to stop, harassment, and threats.”
Lambèr Royakkers (Technology ethics professor): “Stalking is a form of mental assault, in which the perpetrator repeatedly, unwantedly, and disruptively breaks into the life-world of the victim, with whom he has no relationship (or no longer has), with motives that are directly or indirectly traceable to the affective sphere. Moreover, the separated acts that make up the intrusion cannot by themselves cause the mental abuse, but do taken together (cumulative effect).”
Mark Allan fits all of that. Mark Allan is my Knysna cyberstalker.
Things got more bizarre when the Democratic Alliance started working with Mark Allan against me.