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SocDeV MEC and HOD must take responsibility for abandoning 2 000 children in East London

April 13th, 2017

Eastern Cape Social Development MEC Nancy Sihlwayi and her HOD, Stanley Khanyile, must take full responsibility for the precarious plight of over 2 000 children who depend on the services of East London Child Welfare (ELCW). A caring provincial government would never abandon the most vulnerable members of our society, namely our children.  The DA will continue to fight against the unnecessary difficulties these children and the ELCW has been …


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Transport unions must ensure safety of commuters

April 12th, 2017

The Algoa Bus Company issued a notice this afternoon (subs:  Tuesday, 11 April) that it will be joining a national transport strike following the breakdown of a 12% across-the-board salary increase on Monday (subs:  10 April). While the DA respects the rights of workers to strike, the economy of the Eastern Cape cannot be sacrificed. Our provincial economy is in an extremely fragile state, with a growth rate projected at …


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Finance MEC must explain health department debt crisis

April 5th, 2017

The DA is challenging the MEC for Finance Sakhumsi Somyo to explain why a figure of R1,4 billion of unpaid health debt was not reflected in a reply to a legislature question I asked recently.  For the reply click here: Reply to IQP 40 q 267 .  In March, the MEC for Health, Dr Phumza Dyantyi, told the national parliament that health debts (accruals) amounted to R1,4 billion as at 31 January …


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Metro police passing out parade in DA-led Nelson Mandela Bay

March 30th, 2017

It was a very proud moment for the DA in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro yesterday, when 111 new metro police recruits held their passing out parade.  The event was attended by the legislature’s DA portfolio committee members for safety Marshall von Buchenroder and Bobby Stevenson, who is also Shadow MEC for Safety and Security in the province.  Mayoral committee member, councillor John Best, who heads the safety portfolio in the …


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DA calls on Cooperative Governance MEC to investigate maladministration in Walter Sisulu Municipality

March 28th, 2017

The MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Fikile Xasa, will be compelled to conduct an investigation into Walter Sisulu Local Municipality (Aliwal North, Jamestown, Venterstad, Steynsburg and Burgersdorp) after the Democratic Alliance in the Eastern Cape wrote to him, highlighting instances of maladministration in the municipality. The investigation into Walter Sisulu Local Municipality must be done in terms of section 106 of the Systems Act which states that if …


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