A fiery website fueled by citizen’s rights was launched in Knysna today. www.KnysnaCrimeWatch.co.za is publicly confronting the alleged corruption in their local SAPS station and municipality.
“Our goal is a safer Knysna!” stated the website’s founder, Mike Hampton. “Our police and municipality have failed to put the public first, not only refusing transparency and accountability but issuing bizarre statements such as crime is down. Knysna’s coucillors are complicit because they will not address the problems as they consider the image of tourism more important than our lives. If anything, the statistics are being dumbed down and bad cops have permeated the justice system. We live in a culture of greedy politicism, corrupt cops and public fear that will only be corrected by a more informed public united in bravery. We need to be counted together. We need to stand up and be responsible for our lives and all that we love.”
Mike is more well known (or infamous) by his nickname, “Wicked Mike.” He is an an activist for truth and a promoter of this well known, tourist town on the Garden Route. He owns and runs Love Knysna which encompasses a bunch of websites such as it’s namesake, www.LoveKnysna.com, which applauds the beauties of his home, and www.KnysnaKeep.org which tackles serious issues such as dishonest public officials and modern apartheid. He’s irked most of the powers-that-be, from Mayor Georlene Wolmarans (whom he claims wasn’t democratically elected) to MEC Alan Winde. The municipality has effectively being “shut” to him. Even Western Cape’s Premier, Helen Zille, will not respond.
Mike has been a repeat victim of crime and alleged bad policemen. Several local residents he knows have had similar bad experiences. His final motivation for forming Knysna Crime Watch was when a local woman approached him after allegedly being falsely arrested, molested and robbed by a policeman.
Visit www.KnysnaCrimeWatch.co.za for news on crime, hard-hitting blogs and information that can assist you. You are encouraged to submit your crime experience.