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Second Bethelsdorp Police Station needed now, more than ever

The need for a second police station in Bethelsdorp has never been more urgent. This is why the Democratic Alliance welcomes the response to a question for written reply that Park Homes will be provided in the 2019/2020 financial year, as an interim measure, while the construction of the police station commences. The escalating shootings over this weekend, which have claimed the lives of at least five individuals and left …


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Failing ANC has no respect for the dead

A family from Engcobo who booked a deceased young male for a post mortem at the Mthatha Pathology Laboratory are reeling from the shock that the body of the deceased has gone missing from the facility. And now, several weeks later, the police are seemingly no closer to tracking down the body of the deceased. Is this the way that the government cares for its dead? I have submitted parliamentary …


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Bold changes needed to turn Eastern Cape around

MEC Oscar Mabuyane’s maiden budget speech, introduced in the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature today, did not highlight any bold changes needed to arrest the high unemployment trajectory of the Eastern Cape, which has resulted in 1,5-million people leaving this province since 2006. This outward migration, together with the mismanagement of our economy, which only grew 0,8% last year, has resulted in the equitable share allocation of the Eastern Cape shrinking …


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Provincial Budget: Big shift needed away from Consumption Expenditure

The Democratic Alliance expects the MEC for Finance, Oscar Mabuyane, to introduce a provincial budget for the 2019/20 financial year, in the region of between R82 and R83 billion, on Tuesday, 5 March, in the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature. MEC Mabuyane must clearly outline how a shift is going to take place; from consumption expenditure to investment in infrastructure and economic growth. This is a key task, given that unemployment …


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132 civil servants double dipping

A total of 132 Eastern Cape civil servants are unlawfully engaged with business dealings with the province and national government How do they think that they can get away with this? This is simply an extension of state capture! This is according to a response to a question for written reply from MEC for Finance and Provincial Expenditure, Oscar Mabuyane, who reported that 120 civil servants were doing business with …


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Social Services grind to a halt as DSD frantically seeks new offices

Thousands of people across the province are being deprived of their basic human rights to dignity, as social services grind to a halt as a result of the failing ANC government’s inability to ensure a safe working environment for their own staff. Over five hundred staff members, the bulk of which are from the Department of Social Development, have had to seek new premises after being forced to vacate their …


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Makhanda drowns in sewage

As the municipal workers’ strike continues unabated in Makhanda, residents are being forced to live in conditions that are not even fit for animals. While severe water leakages continue to plague the drought-stricken town, sewage has begun bubbling up out of manholes and running through the streets of the town. Municipal sewage pipes lie broken with polluted water running into the yards of private homes, exposing residents to enormous health …


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DA welcomes Fezeka Mbiko as new MPL

The Democratic Alliance would like to welcome Fezeka Mbiko as our newest member of the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature, after she was sworn in at the beginning of today’s house proceedings. Fezeka will take the place of Celeste Barker, who has been medically boarded. Born and raised in rural Dutywa, in Gwadana, and currently based in Butterworth, Fizeka, 60, has a passion for serving the people of the Eastern Cape. …


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Speech Notes by Marshall von Buchenroder (MPL): Response to SOPA 2019

Honourable Speaker Honourable Premier Honourable MECs Honourable members of the house Ladies and gentlemen in the public gallery I greet you all today It is a great honour to stand before you to debate on the empty state of the province address. Like many residents that go to bed on a empty stomach. This is not a good story to tell. They say give credit where it is due. Unfortunately …


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Speech Notes by Bobby Stevenson (MPL): Response to SOPA 2019 – Building One SA for All

Bobby Stevenson

The President, during SONA, used the phrase; “Watch this Space!” a few times. When he said this, it made me think of the DA seats in the provincial legislature, after the 8th May. I just had this picture in my mind of ours seats getting more and more… so I say Hon. Premier, watch this space! After the 8th May. When the SAPS members blew their trumpets for the Speaker, …


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