The dominant faction of the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Western Cape is corrupt. It includes MEC Local Government Anton Bredell who doubles as the DA’s Provincial Chairperson. Others are Western Cape Provincial Leader Bonginkosi Madikizela and East Region Manager Jaco Londt. They act like a mafia, protecting members of their faction even if they commit crime. It’s caused chaos in the small but famous town, Knysna.
Mayor Eleanore Spies was involved in corruption I exposed, She was also involved in the DA’s insidious propaganda campaign against me. The Auditor General found that I was right in one matter, she having illegally appointed her friend, Fran Kirsten, as Communications Manager – approximately R300,000 in illegal expenditure.
A faction fight in the party led to Councillor Peter Myers fighting for his survival and instigating an investigation into her. That was supported by his buddy, Mark Willemse, who had replaced Spies as Mayor after the ANC voted him in. The investigation was undertaken by well known law firm, De Swardt Vogel & Myambo. It’s rumoured cost was R600,000.
Eleanore Spies, Municipal Manager Kam Chetty and Legal Adviser Kam Chetty were my enemies. That report found them involved in a host of crimes. The recommendation was that they be disciplined by local government and criminally charged. Bredell delayed the disciplinary, the DA protecting Spies by promoting her to the Mayoral Committee of the Garden Route District, making the Local Government disciplinary impossible because she no longer worked for it.
Kam Chetty quit.
Melony Paulsen has stayed on the past year. How can she be Legal Adviser for a town when she illegally backdated the Municipal Manager’s contract to try legitimise him illegally approving R4-million for Knysna Tourism, a private company that hadn’t tendered. And that after another expensive report, by Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Attorneys, stated that they couldn’t fund it without a tender process, nor with politicians on its board of directors i.e. conflict of interest.
If the DA were the good governance political party they claim to be, why didn’t they cancel Spies’ party membership? They didn’t because she’s in the same evil faction which then promoted her to the National Assembly this past election.
The Knysna Magistrates’ Court has long been in cahoots with the DA, always ignoring my evidence and granting protection orders to them against me, basically ordering me to not mention their names for three years. Eleanore Spies received one too, and it included her husband who was a fraudster involved in graft – I’ve got that forensic report too.
I’ve written about this and more before but my focus here is on that De Swardt report. Before the Knysna Fire I’d anonymously received two-thirds of its pages, left at my home door by an anonymous person. Two months ago, I received the full report. Download as zip file or read read it below.
Weep for the Western Cape.