Knysna Tourism is set to continue crawling in the mud (deservedly so). Shaun van Eck, the ex-CEO, is challenging his dismissal and charging Greg Vogt, the current CEO, with defamation.
The ragged relationship between Shaun van Eck and myself is well known to the greater public, in no small part because of this blog. However, it’s been a challenge keeping this story alive and pursuing justice so i’m pleased that van Eck has finally broken his silence. He gives new takkies to the controversy, hopefully enabling it, as my pending court cases will, to run out of the shadows into the public light.
On both a practical and personal level, I appreciate any valid action reminding Greg Vogt (the current CEO) and those that support him that they are going to have eventually answer for their foul actions that handicapped our town.
Greg Vogt, Deputy Mayor Esme Edge, Grant Easton, Lauren Waring, Nan Raturat, Marion ‘Mack’ McIlvenna, Councillor Michelle Wasserman, Councillor Stephen de Vries, Councillor Richard Dawson, Kathy White and all the other directors and players who hid from responsibility for the bankruptcy of Tourism and the severe misuse of public funds need to be held to account.
Kudos to the Knysna-Plett Herald for not keeping this topic taboo as the previous editor and some reporters did. I hope other newspapers step up to the plate and start helping Knysna understand enough so that the people who live here can make informed decisions leading to support or action.
Shaun van Eck’s interview with the Knysna-Plett Herald is bound to raise eyebrows for many reasons, one of which is that Van Eck says his disciplinary hearing cost [the taxpayer] a whopping half a million rand.
Knysna takes another step towards the possibility of clarity with…
Shaun van Eck Speaks His Mind
In a candid interview on September 22, Shaun Van Eck, tourism specialist and dethroned Knysna Tourism CEO, talked about the two years since he left Knysna Tourism, his battle with depression, new beginnings and future dreams.
At the East Head Café with its spectacular views through the Knysna Heads, Van Eck shared the most private thoughts on his dismissal, his humiliation and the cost to him and his family.
Read the rest of ‘Shaun van Eck Speaks His Mind’ at the Knysna-Plett Herald.
The court will hear Vogt’s charge of harassment against me on November 5. Knysna will hear a lot more from me during that.