Sound clip in English:  Suspension – English Sound clip in Afrikaans:  Suspension – Afrikaans Civil servants who have been placed on precautionary suspension by provincial departments have cost the province at least R 4 million.  According to a reply to a legislature question I asked Premier Phumulo Masualle, eight officials were on suspension at the end of the second quarter of the 2015/16 financial year (30 September 2015), costing R3 981 664.30 …

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DA Eastern Cape provincial chairperson Veliswa Mvenya MPL and provincial leader Athol Trollip MPL.

Yesterday the DA showed strong growth in the Ward 5 by-election in Kroonvale, Graaff-Reinet.  DA candidate Glenda Mackelina retained the ward for the DA. What was extremely significant was that the DA’s share of the vote went up 9%.  In 2014, that DA polled 50.17% and this time, we polled 59.17%. In 2014, the DA won a total of 38% of the vote in the Camdeboo municipality.  With a growth …

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THREE years ago, DA education spokesman Edmund van Vuuren wrote a letter to then Eastern Cape premier Noxolo Kiviet, warning her about the growing threat of school closures and listing proposals on how to fix the education crisis in Port Elizabeth’s northern areas. But nothing was done and, instead, the situation deteriorated, hundreds of parents who attended a crisis meeting on education, hosted by the DA in West End, were …

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MPLs Bobby Stevenson and Edmund van Vuuren at the by-elections in Kouga Municipality on Wednesday, 27 November 2013.

ANC MPL Christian Martin’s must show some political will and ask the Eastern Cape MEC for Education, Mandla Makupula, to resign instead of taking action against the wrong people.  This morning, MPL Martin laid criminal charges against the Department of Education in connection with the closure of schools in the northern areas due to teacher shortages. The ANC is so confused about what the solutions are that they are now …

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DA Shadow MEC for Education, Edmund van Vuuren, tries out the desks at the new Jeffrey's Bay Comprehensive School.

Eastern Cape education MEC Mandla Makupula continues to pay lip service instead of acting to bring an end to school closures by parents in Port Elizabeth’s northern areas.  Had the MEC considered my proposals, which I have made repeatedly in letters, legislature speeches and statements in the media, we would have avoided this situation entirely.  The MEC is playing politics with the shortage of teachers in the northern areas and …

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The DA believes that the provincial Department of Safety and Liaison and the SAPS should launch an exciting recruitment campaign to boost the number of police reservists in the Eastern Cape.  According to a reply to a legislature question I asked the MEC, Weziwe Tikana, there are only 2 031 police reservists in the province. Response to Question 365 This is far too few in a province where crime is far …

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