Thanks so much to the many people who wished me well for my presentation to Parliament today. It was a whirlwind of a day, a rush in and a rush out.
I almost missed my plane back because the Committee allowed me an extra hour (3hrs in all), seemingly into their lunch period. They seemed genuinely interested and had lots of questions. We could never have squeezed years of sweat, tears and frustration into one meeting so I’m glad that they’ve asked for more information! The goal is an investigation but, with Government, I’ve learned not to count my chickens too soon. But it’s the first time anyone in government has listened… so there’s hope…
There were 4 main issues but over a dozen overall. As you know, the hot potato, from the beginning has been my allegations of maladministration and corruption at Knysna Tourism (renamed Knysna & Partners).
Thank you to Susan Campbell for sharing her knowledge with the Committee. I may have given the ISDF tender scandal legs on the internet but her work on that was invaluable. Additionally, her questioning of Knysna’s Municipal Manager appointment is more succinct than mine. Even though she’d undoubtedly say that it’s not about credit, i feel better that she be acknowledged for her work.
She and I may live in different worlds and not see eye to eye on many issues and people but, today, that got put aside for the issues we agree upon. Imagine if our country’s politicians did the same…
I’m unsure how to tell you the whole story as I have to tread lightly between all the court cases against me. Under normal circumstances, I should be able to share what should be public record. But, as you know, the DA is making my life very difficult. Maybe it’s best if I turn it into an article and give all those involved, those I’ve made allegations against, an opportunity to respond (even though they refused Parliament’s invitation).
2 newspapers have made inquiries so far. It’s important that I attend to them before that article. I also want to send that Committee on Petitions and Executive Undertakings more info as soon as possible – it will require a lot of time.
[Zuma and Malema are bound to hog your attention for a couple of days so the delay will probably be good. May tomorrow’s expected spark start a productive ‘fire’ in our politics. May all respect the Rule of Law]
I was up at 3am. Although today was interesting, it was also hot and tiring. Tomorrow’s another early start followed by a Section80 Finance Committee Meeting at 8am. I did write down personal thoughts before I entered today’s meeting. I can at least share that with you before a movie and sleep.
Again, thanks for the good wishes and Likes on Facebook. It really means something to me when you step out of the shadows of our town which, sadly, has become a fearful one.
We only have a few months to make a difference. I would hate for us to repeat the last 5 years… please think about that!
Please read ‘Troubles Presented to Parliament’.