I submitted a petition to Parliament against Democratic Alliance corruption in 2015. Three hearings followed (2017-2018). Yet to be concluded. Much drama in between.
It’s handled by the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), one of the two arms of Parliament. Specifically, it’s allocated to the Select Committee Petitions & Executive Undertakings which dubbed it as the ‘Love Knysna Petition’.
The DA tried to have it dismissed at the first hearing, before I presented my case. They failed.
LOVE KNYSNA PETITION
After the third hearing, eight provinces voted for the the Office of the Public Protector (OPP) to explain itself within 60 days. The only province to oppose was the DA-ruled Western Cape.
If the OPP’s response was the report I saw around the same time, it was a blatant whitewash, proving my claim to NCOP that the Western Cape OPP was protecting their own staff who were protecting the DA. Suspiciously, the OPP manager for the province had taken a job in Premier Helen Zille’s office,
I delivered a 68-page complaint to NCOP Chair Thandi Modise and Public Protector Busisiwe Mkwebane, demolishing OPP investigator Gideon Landman’s report. That will be discussed in a separate post later this month. Relevant here is that Oupa Segalwe, a senior in the OPP, appears to be blocking that report reaching his boss, Mkwebane.
NCOP was supposed to finalise the petition with recommendations for action, and who would handle that. That would be tricky as there are other agencies such as the Hawks (Bellville) protecting the DA. But it should’ve been concluded in 2018.
NCOP hasn’t acted and Modise has repeatedly failed to answer my complaints. My subsequent complaint to President Cyril Ramaphosa was then misdirected to COGTA Minister Zweli Mkhize. His assistant sent me four letters over half a year, each time stating he’d bring it to his attention as soon as possible.
Not even the people who are supposed to be the opposition will bring the DA leadership to justice. It’s the circus I’ve been in for almost 9 years.
In between, the Committee Petitions issued a warning against the intimidation I was experiencing. I was separately promised support. They lied. The Committee allowed the DA to destroy my life and seriously damage Knysna. Not even an assassination of an ANC councillor or the Great Knysna Fire made them blink. DA MEC Anton Bredell perjured himself in the provincial Parliament. The DA’s Sharna Fernandez and the ANC have failed to act on my complaint.
It must be asked who our politicians truly work for, beyond the parties they pretend to serve. I consider all of them to be traitors to South Africa.
As of 7 April 2019, the date of this post, the Parliamentary process remains unfinished.
As quick introduction, download a summary of the issues as submitted in 2017. It also appears in the online reader below (allow it several seconds to load). Watch SABC news videos in Media: TV. Further documents at the Parliamentary Monitoring Group (PMG). Or view all the files.2017.04.07a Love Knysna Petition update & summary