I’m South Africa’s first anti-corruption Mayor, I’m Mike Hampton. Please wait a few seconds for this short anti-corruption video to load…
I’m the new Mayor of Knysna. I’m initiating a zero-tolerance, anti-corruption policy. If you’re suspected of stealing R100, you’re suspended. If you’re found guilty, we will claim legal fees. If you steal millions, we’ll take your house. You will not get another cushy job in another DA municipality in the Western Cape. You will not be promoted to Parliament. You will go to jail!
This is my inaugural address. Listen to my message, and give me your support. I’m going to break down the wall between this Municipality and you… because I am you. My election doesn’t change the fact that we’re neighbours. We’ve got tough times ahead but it’ll be easier if we work together.
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I’m an activist. Our town of Knysna (pop. 86,000) is found on the Garden Route of South Africa. We’re drowning in corruption. In response to my exposing lots of it, the politicians destroyed my life in attempt to silence me. I responded by writing a book about it which may land me up in jail. Recently, the dirty Democratic Alliance (DA), which some of us refer to as the Developer’s Alliance, was involved in a plot to take over our town. We discovered that they’d tried something similar in George, 60km away. In Oudtshoorn, another town in our district, they were caught red-handed. An informant provided me with the secret recording of their meeting, and I exposed their plot online.
We got a new Mayor last week, Elrick van Aswegen. He’s been in politics for 26 years. He knows what’s been going on. Instead of starting on a positive note of action, he read from a piece of paper, praised one of the people who screwed our town, and made no mention of the many corruption scandals. It would appear that he wants business to be as usual, for the politicians and not for us.
If he’s not for us, then he’s against us. That’s a big statement so I want him to have every opportunity to choose the right side. Tomorrow morning, on June 23 at at 7.45am, he and I have a 30-min telephone call scheduled. I made this parody in one take so that I meant what I said. I hope he gets the message, and makes that call a productive beginning against the crime that’s damaging our future, and my life right now.
I hope that Louis Scheepers, our new Acting Municipal Manager, breaks his silence and stands with us too.
We are Knysna!
This is Day #1 of my 100 Days of Activism Against Corruption. If you wondered why I looked up three times, here’s my notes on the wall.