The following speeches were delivered in the Eastern Cape Legislature by DA Shadow MEC for Safety and Security, Bobby Stevenson MPL, the Education speech was delivered by Bobby Stevenson MPL on behalf of Edmund van Vuuren MPL, the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs speech was delivered by Kobus Botha MPL on behalf of Veliswa Mvenya MPL, the Rural Development and Agrarian Reform speech was delivered by Ross Purdon MPL on behalf of Athol Trollip MPL and Marshall von Buchenroder DA Shadow MEC for Transport during the budget vote debates of provincial departments.
Bobby Stevenson, MPL
Shadow MEC for Safety and Security
“The multi sectoral task team established by the Honourable Premier under the head of the department of Safety and Liaison needs to make rapid progress when it comes to eradicating gangsterism in the Northern Areas of Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality.”
- A critical component to fighting gangsterism in the Northern Areas is having a well-established Metro Police Service that can assist in eradicating this scourge.
- Each appointed Metro Police Officer should be issued with a name badge displaying that he is a Metro Police Officer.
- A civilian oversight committee is to be established.
Please click here to view speech: https://www.dabhisho.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Extract-of-Bobby-Stevenson’s-DA-Shadow-MEC-for-Safety-and-Liaison-speaking-on-the-Budget-Vote-of-the-Department-of-Safety-and-Liaison-1st-of-June-2016.pdf
Bobby Stevenson, MPL on behalf of Edmund van Vuuren, MPL
“Education still no better than before.”
- Department has not appointed and paid the 1665 post level 1 educators.
- Jobs for cash scandal.
- Impaired literacy capabilities
Please click here to view speech: https://www.dabhisho.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Education-Budget-Vote-Speech-1.pdf
Kobus Botha, MPL on behalf of Veliswa Mvenya, MPL
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs
“Stabilising ANC run municipalities requires new DA proposals says DA MPL”
- ANC needs stiff political competition for 2016 LGE
- Civil society protest a form of criticism
- Educate local communities in regards to government role and services
- Budget programmes ANC failures and DA alternative proposals
- DA will compile a register for convicted government fraudsters
Please click here to view speech: https://www.dabhisho.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/CoGTA-speech-31-May-2016-2.pdf
Ross Purdon, MPL on behalf of Athol Trollip, MPL
Rural Development and Agrarian Reform
“Our platteland/rural areas and former homelands are literally dying of poverty and unemployment. “
- Land reform for all intents and purposes benefits very few beneficiaries directly and the only people who benefit are consultants, contractors and those who award dubious contracts to them.
- Beneficiaries of rural and land reform projects are left largely to their own devices.
- There is a shameful shortage of skilled extension officers who can provide the desperately needed training in sustainable agricultural production.
Please click here to view speech: https://www.dabhisho.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Rural-Development-speech.pdf
Ross Purdon, MPL
Shadow MEC for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture
“The unemployment rate in the Eastern Cape sits at 42, 5% which is the highest in the country. Sadly most of the unemployed in our province are young people ranging in ages between 18 – 30.”
- The Eastern Cape also has the highest percentage of children living in poverty out of all the provinces.
- Sport also cuts across race, ethnicity and territorial boundaries.
- Under Cultural Affairs, an extra R10 million has been allocated to Museum Services which is a 15% increase. This is welcomed as many of our museums are in urgent need of upgrading.
Marshall von Buchenroder
Shadow MEC for Transport
“Scholar Transport remains one of the biggest challenges in the Department of Transport. “
- The organogram was last reviewed in 2006.
- The current stats are that 114 000 (One hundred and Fourteen Thousand) children are in need to be transported by the department.
- Our Traffic Law Enforcement Officers only work a 5day week shift from 6am to 2pm and 2pm to 10pm Monday to Friday.
Please click here to view speech: https://www.dabhisho.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Speech-notes-by-Hon.-Marshall-Von-Buchenroder-on-Vote-No.-10-–-Transport.pdfhttps://www.dabhisho.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Speech-notes-by-Hon.-Marshall-Von-Buchenroder-on-Vote-No.-10-–-Transport.pdf