Referring to the “sober Kidbrooke perspective” (Hermanus Times 23 April), herewith another hopefully illuminating perspective.
Whereas all Kidbrooke residents are hoping for peace and harmony to return to our lovely village, this will not happen as long as biased opinions, be they pro or anti the “dethroned king”, are being aired in public. Who, outside Kidbrooke, except perhaps someone thinking of moving there, is really interested in what happens here? And how are these prospective Kidbrooke residents going to make up their minds, while being told how badly the place is being run by a biased management committee (which has been democratically elected by a majority of life-right holders), who had a mandate from this majority to go to court after only two or three Trustees who were asked to resign did so, and Norman Walton, who was accused of a number of wrongdoings, refused to do so, claiming that he had done only good for Kidbrooke. However, the facts presented to the Cape High Court were well substantiated, resulting in a verdict of “guilty as charged” and the removal of Norman Walton as a trustee of the Hudd Trust, which he had been running since its establishment.
I sincerely believe that not a single Kidbrooke resident would deny that Walton did a wonderful job creating this beautiful retirement place. Unfortunately, however, while doing this, he made wrong decisions as was proven in court. The two trustees who supported Walton, did so to the extent of approving the payment of his legal fees (estimated to be in the region of R2 million) out of the Trust’s funds, something which could not by the widest stretch of the imagination be termed to have been in the interests of the beneficiaries.
This action of theirs, is the basis of what the anonymous “grieving Kidbrooke resident” calls a “vendetta now being extended to the Hudd trustees”, a twisting of the facts if ever there was one. One would think that anyone, if involved in and/or supportive of such wrong