In her autobiography Not Without a Fight, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says of her former colleague (and my neighbour) Theuns Botha: “He had a different face for each constituency, but they each had the same nickname for him: Leuens (Lies) ”. She goes on to describe how, whilst he held a senior position in the DA, Botha led a secret right-wing group within the party, plotting to either take it over or destroy it. Leaked documents reveal his method, which Zille describes as a “vilification campaign”, with Botha telling his fellow turncoats: “Just make 100% sure you remain anonymous. Thanks. Theuns”.
This struck a chord because I’ve been vilified by Theuns Botha myself recently. He says that I lit a fire to deliberately endanger his thatched house, that I drove through his garden to demolish his outside lights and sprinklers and that I tried to murder his wife and his two police bodyguards.