PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
MikeHampton
 
Comments: 0
Article views: 253
 
 
Latest Badges:


 
View all MikeHampton's badges.
 

That 'Damnable' Lawyer, Hardy Mills

07 January 2014, 07:50

I know druggies, alcoholics, waitrons, marketers, politicians, business owners etc. but the one relationship guaranteed to spin the rumour mill is the one with Hardy Mills, even more so than if i have a coffee meeting with the ANC’s Ralph Stander. I have previously spoken about how Hardy and i met but that was totally ignored by some who wanted to brand me as ANC (considering my beliefs, a ridiculous notion), a disinformation campaign aimed at discrediting the validity of my arguments against DA corruption in Knysna (suggestion: rather counter with information and facts).

Having successfully instituted court action against the DA, Hardy Mills is seen as the devil by some. Being a country that sees skin and political colours instead of people, the importance of the court cases have been ignored by many who are super quick to tar and feather. Much has been said about Hardy which hasn’t been true but, if Hardy were ever my lawyer (one of the lies is that he and the ANC are paying my court fees), i’d consider myself lucky to have him as he’s not only astute but the only political lawyer i know on the Garden Route.

I don’t know him too well but we have kept in almost monthly touch via phone and mail for the past 2 years, rarely getting the chance to sit down and chat because he’s a busy guy (even busier than me). However, i have seen the proud dad and husband, admire his intelligence, laughter, court victories and strength to face the aftermath that follows. Like me, he has his flaws and have no doubt that we’ve had strong arguments (i’m no fan of the ANC and hate the enormous fees lawyer’s earn) but i see the bigger picture, the bigger man.

When Plett rioted and burnt businesses, not one politician from the DA or ANC dared to go in as the rioters had banned all politicians (for all had failed them several times). Hardy Mills was the guy who went in to find out what the rioters demands were. I recall him telling me how scared he was (bravery is when you overcome it). For that service, some in power ‘paid him back’ by spinning the lie that he had helped instigate the riots. Politics, far too often about money and power, is vicious!

Overall, i appreciate the passion he has for his home town of Plettenberg Bay, maybe also because it reminds me of mine for Knysna. It's nice to have someone who understands.

Last week, i saw him for the first time in almost a year (we’ve both being far too busy fighting our own wars). If he deserves to be cursed for anything it’s for buying me too much I.T.A. (tequila beer with 7% alcohol in an almost quart-sized bottle) under a ridiculously hot sun.

It was nice to relax without pressure but being the intense characters we are, we were rude to our companions when we inevitably switched to politics, definitions of morality, criminality and, especially, the Plett Small Boat Harbour Development, nowadays the main topic of conversation for everyone in that town.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Joe Johnson789
Celebrity deaths bring violent cr...

The eyes of the world were on South Africa for about ten months the trial of Oscar Pistorius lasted. It was reported as one of the most watched media events in recent history. Read more...

8 comments 459 views
Submitted by
Manny Obi-Wan Meyer
The pleasure of finding things ou...

I have often wondered how the events of my past have structured my life in the present, my various skills and propensities, my way of reflecting upon the world at large. Read more...

7 comments 431 views
Submitted by
capetowndoll
God is tangible

I am writing this to let every atheist know what happened to me when I was deeply concerned about my mother. Read more...

244 comments 2471 views
Submitted by
Inspired Parenting
10 Tips for helping our matric st...

As more than half a million matrics in South Africa begin their exams, the hopes and dreams of our country rest on their shoulders. Read more...

9 comments 476 views
Submitted by
Percy_Makholwa
Mindless seriousness

The work place is at times defined by mindless seriousness, at least this is my experience in the South African workforce.  Read more...

5 comments 446 views
Submitted by
Enzo Ball
God ran out of time

We are constantly told that god is this that and the other, he is, he was and will be, plus other really amazing stuff.  Read more...

112 comments 1093 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to R2100 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

TV Series – 2 for R299

Loads of hot titles to choose from. Shop now!

Hot offer: Up to 50% off irons

Save up to 50% on all Philips irons. While stocks last. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Toys 4 for the price of 3

Buy 4 toys and get the cheapest FREE! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2014 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.