NEWS FLASH


The DA calls on Eastern Cape Social Development MEC, Nancy Sihlwayi, to explain why she has instructed her officials to drop nine elderly women at Middelburg’s Silwerjare Old Age Home in the middle of the night. She has given no explanations for this move. This information surfaced last weekend when I conducted an oversight visit to the old age home. I discovered that the women were removed from the controversial Seven Angels …


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SPEAK OUT


THE DA is saddened by the high spate of accidents and fatalities on Eastern Cape roads last weekend. Our heartfelt condolences go to the families and loved ones of those who have passed away. As shadow MEC for transport in the Eastern Cape, I have long advocated the employment of traffic law enforcement that operates 24 hours a day. The DA believes that the lack of visible law enforcement is …


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IN THE NEWS


THE DA in the province yesterday called on education MEC Mandla Makupula to put a moratorium on his plan to merge all small schools in the Eastern Cape. Makupula announced the plan to “rationalise” more than 2 000 schools which had less than 200 pupils two years ago, saying the best thing was to close small schools and move the pupils to the next nearest school. But the DA’s Edmund …


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LATEST PRESS RELEASES


The Democratic Alliance in the Eastern Cape condemns the manner in which HIV testing was conducted at Alfonso Arries Primary School and Woolhope High School in Port Elizabeth. It is alleged that learners’ HIV statuses were announced by an NGO called Kheth’Impilo in front of other pupils. According to the law, a child may be tested without consent from a parent if he or she is 12 years of age or older, …


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A total of 135 learners, ranging in age from 20 to 25 years, are sharing their Grade 10 schools desks with their teenage peers at the Makukhanye Senior Secondary School in Lusikisiki because they have nowhere else to go. The DA agrees with the concerns of parents for the safety of their children starting high school at the age of 14 at the same facility as adult 25-year-old learners who …


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The Democratic Alliance condemns the lack of planning, consultation and efficient communication by the Department of Education in the closure of Rietbron Primary School in Rietbron. The school had 43 learners in total and was identified as non-viable due to enrolment decline. Rietbron Primary School’s Principal was allegedly informed by the Graaff-Reinet District Office in November last year that the school would not be closing down yet it had emerged in …


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