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

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

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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38 guns stolen in 2 years of farm hits: Daily Dispatch

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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DA celebrates youth month with swearing in of two new DA MPLs

Today, two members of the Democratic Alliance, namely Andrew Whitfield and Nomvano Zibonda, were sworn in as members of the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature. Nomvano Zibonda is 32-years of age and now becomes the youngest member of the legislature. Andrew Whitfield, at 35 years of age, also highlights the DA’s commitment to recognising the importance of the youth. Andrew Whitfield is the Provincial Chairperson of the DA in the Eastern …


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

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

    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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Uncaring ANC’s poor service delivery leading to lawlessness

There were 1 745 service delivery protests in communities across the Eastern Cape in the last three financial years according to the provincial Department of Safety and Liaison. For the same period, the South African Police Service (SAPS) logged “crowd management incidents” which included a total of 2 991 scenes classified as a “peaceful crowd”, 1 216 cases of “crowd unrest” and a further 754 incidents of “other unrest”.  This year, the trend …


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East London special needs learners get less than three hours learning a day due to lack of transport

Learners at three special needs schools in East London are receiving less than three hours of actual learning a day because the drivers who are supposed to get them to school have not been paid their overtime by the Department of Education since 2017. I made this tragic discovery on Wednesday (13 June 2018) during oversight inspection to special needs schools in the Buffalo City, following media reports of the …


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Special needs crisis deepens: Daily Dispatch

542 vulnerable pupils feel brunt of overtime pay war HUNDREDS of special needs children at three schools in Buffalo City Metro are spending as little as three hours at school because of a go-slow over the provincial education department’s failure to pay overtime. Since the Dispatch team started reporting on the impact of the work-to-rule labour action on special needs schools last week, we have learnt the number of children …


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Letter to the editor: EMS deserve better: Daily Dispatch

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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