The South African High Commission in Namibia is supposed to have a second meeting with me today but I haven’t been told the time (despite it being 10.30am already). I tried to find out but their after-hours, emergency number is non-operational. Consequently, to keep readers informed of what’s been happening, this was was my letter to High Commissioner William Archie Whitehead:
Attention: High Commissioner (Namibia)
Date: 3 May 2019
ASK PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA TO PROVIDE ME PROTECTION
AND ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE CORRUPTION I’VE REPORTED
It was an uncomfortable experience being stuck at the airport in Windhoek for 35 hours, knowing that no one will assist and that I’m a citizen that our Government doesn’t care about, except to hurt. I’m hoping you’ll prove to be an exception. Thank you for your telephone call yesterday. I recap what we discussed and fatten context.
I’m an activist fighting political corruption. That began in Knysna, where I exposed a string of crime and maladministration stretching to the leadership of the DA in Cape Town. After the Great Knysna Fire in 2017, and more intimidation, I relocated to Durban.
The consequence of my whistleblowing has been my persecution – propaganda, attempts to bankrupt me, strategic lawsuits against Public participation (SLAPP), intimidation and threat.
It’s glaring fact that not one person I’ve exposed has been punished. Opposingly, some were promoted, and I’ve been hounded as if I’m the criminal. This has been accomplished with the assistance of compromised police, courts, various legs of government and the ANC. The DA appears protected.
Consequently, the only person I believe who can deal with this widespread mud is President Cyril Ramaphosa. However, his repetitive words against corruption appear to be political rhetoric. Does he too secretly support the DA leadership or is he the President, submitting to duty to all South Africans? I want him to answer.
He and his staff’s failure to act on my complaint allowed matters to escalate and left me with few options. It was either give-up or write a book that would hopefully warn the Public against those officials and politicians seeking to damage them. I chose the latter although I knew that I would be breaking court orders meant to silence me and protect the blueness of the DA.
I finished the book in Namibia. On 27 March 2019, before I published it, I was emailed a High Court order instructing the Sheriff to arrest me, the book to not be published and my website taken down. I was then supposed to appear in court to explain why I shouldn’t spend 60 days in jail.
The order was on behalf of Esme Edge (now Esme Jefferys), the DA’s ex-Knysna Deputy Mayor who has been involved in the corruption. It was sent to me by her lawyer, Graeme Veldsman (Sohn & Wood Attorneys). To date, the Sheriff has never contacted me. From experience, I’ve no doubt that my evidence will be ignored, the DA’s mention erased, and that I’ll go to jail. I doubt I’d survive that. No one would want me testifying in the many cases that will arise from that situation.
Without a copy of my website or book, the order was draconian, benefiting cover-up and not justice. Additionally, the Sheriff doesn’t have the power to arrest me. It was an obvious move against the Public interest. I responded by publishing the book online, giving it away for free. I’ve emailed it to approximately 1000 people and its been downloaded 800 times so far.
On 18 April 2019, Colonel Piet Bergh from the Hawks (DPCI) in Cape Town, sent me an email, asking me to meet the police in Durban regarding a fraud case I’d submitted there. That was suspicious in that it was out of his jurisdiction and the case had already been handed to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA). He’s also the man I hold most responsible for the whitewashed analysis of my detailed complaint. I believed that it was a set-up, and that I was likely to be arrested.
On 20 April 2019, 5 policemen in a car and a bakkie paid a visit to my father in Durban. Through family overseas, I heard that my father had felt intimidated. It was clear that the officers were unclear. Maybe they meant to be. My father was unsure if they were serving me, arresting me, or both. But they wanted me and my laptop. Furthermore, my father was under the impression the lead, Miles Mowat, was a detective but when I googled him, he was listed as Metro cop and private detective. Mowat stated that I’d upset the politicians, that people in the UK were tracing my laptop, and that a “hit” could be put on me.
Again, extraordinary effort and expenditure of taxpayers’ money to address me who has no criminal record but a solid record in exposing bad people.
My request to you is to contact the President.
Your goal is to gain clarity and assistance for me. That begins with the President explaining why he has failed to act vigorously on the information I’ve sent him.
- My Love Knysna Petition in Parliament, which has had 3 hearings, hasn’t concluded after 4 years.
- It’s obvious that COGTA needs to be involved so why did COGTA Deputy Minister Nel deny assistance?
- It’s obvious that matters stretch beyond COGTA so why did the Presidency refer my entire complaint to COGTA Minister Mkhize. And why has Mkhize done nothing?
- Why has Public Protector Mkhwebane not acted on my complaint against corruption in the Chapter 9 she leads?
- Why have Minister Cele and General Lebeya not responded to my complaint against the Hawks’ whitewashed analysis and other police member ‘discrepancies’?
- Why did SALGA illegally and publicly state their support for local government suing me, a citizen. And why did they threaten to sue me directly too?
- Why has the NPA not responded to me?
- Will the President grant me safety and assistance?
I dispute your claim that you are only a “postbox”. I’m sure you are well paid to be capable of more. More importantly, if you have passion for South Africa and empathy for me, you can be more.
Will you do your best to meaningfully help me? I’d appreciate you responding to that question first.