NEWS FLASH


The desperate shortage of ambulances in the Eastern Cape is a crisis that is costing lives. I challenge the MEC, Helen Sauls-August, to spell out clear action steps to overcome this disastrous state of affairs. People are dying on your watch, MEC. In response to questions set in the Legislature, the MEC for Health, Helen Sauls-August, acknowledged that the province requires 656 working ambulances in order to comply with the national norm …


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SPEAK OUT


The DA is deeply disturbed to read (Daily Dispatch: 14 06 18) that Paramedics and EMS staff are suffering and unprotected. Our Paramedics and EMS staff suffer firstly because they not safe at work and secondly because they are not accompanied by Security Guards despite the dangerous nature of their work. Thirdly complaints from EMS staff include delays in the payment of overtime work and dangerous working conditions in which, for example, …


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IN THE NEWS


IN THE past two years 38 guns were stolen in farm attacks in the Eastern Cape. Police have recovered nine of them. MEC for safety and liaison Weziwe Tikana told the Bhisho legislature, in a response to written questions by DA legislature leader Bobby Stevenson, that 21 guns were stolen in farm attacks in 2017 and 17 in 2016. Tikana said it was not clear whether the stolen firearms had …


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LATEST PRESS RELEASES


The local police station in every community is the first line of defence against criminals. However, over the past seven years, a staggering R225.6-million was paid out for civil claims against the South African Police Service (SAPS) in the Eastern Cape. Over the past two years, the numbers remained high, with 1 150 claims costing the province R73.2-million.  Communities want to be able to trust the police unconditionally and feel safe and protected …


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The Democratic Alliance has written to the MEC of Roads and Transport, Weziwe Tikana, again after having received no response to our request for an urgent investigation into alleged serious maladministration in terms of roads contracts in Chris Hani District Municipality emanating from contracts awarded in 2014. The DA believes that a functional road network is necessary for local economies and jobs to flourish and for the safety of our …


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The growing number of violent protests in the Eastern Cape is symptomatic of the failure of the ANC-government to deliver services and at the same time take firm action to prevent the violent nature of these protests. On the one hand the ANC-government is failing to deliver services and on the other hand, it is failing to maintain law and order.  The government’s inaction in both areas is fuelling the …


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