Knysna Ratepayers are absolutely delighted with the election of Mark Willemse as Mayor and Ricky Van Aswegen as Deputy Mayor this evening. They are both men of principle, focussed on doing what is right for all of Knysna’s disparate communities, black, brown and white. They are intelligent, hard-working, decent men who genuinely care for their fellows, and will do their utmost to restore our town to its rightful place as the jewel of the Garden Route. We are confident that with the support of the people, they will be able to pull Knysna out of its downward spiral and set us back on the path of good governance and effective service delivery, reversing years of maladministration and neglect. Gentlemen, we wish you well. You have our full and unconditional support.