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EC civil claims against SAPS remain at a high level at staggering R225.6-million over seven years

July 16th, 2018

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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Money spent on roads despite their poor condition

June 28th, 2018

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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Violent nature of protests is fuelled by ANC’s inaction to deliver services and to maintain law and order

June 27th, 2018

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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Social Development services in Port Alfred and Alexandria hampered by lack of vehicles

June 26th, 2018

    Social services such as placement of children in foster care, home visits and the monitoring and evaluation of social grant recipients are grinding to a halt in Port Alfred and Alexandria due to a severe lack of resources, including vehicles.  There are only two vehicles for over 20 social workers, both of which are out of operation, one for almost a year. The DA believes that social workers …

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School principal withholds learner’s NSC for more than 2 years due to non-payment of voluntary donation

June 22nd, 2018

A school principal in the Cofimvaba area withheld a learner’s National Senior Certificate (NSC) for more than 2 years as the parents could not afford to pay an outstanding R200 donation fee to the school. It is illegal for any government school to demand a voluntary donation from any learner or parent. Adam Maqobolo wrote his NSC examination in December 2015. His father, a pensioner, was forced by the principal …

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