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First quarter crime stats still show worrying trends for EC

Despite the overall decline in crime incidents, which can be attributed to the strict lockdown measures that were put in place, there are still areas that bucked the trend the Eastern Cape. This was revealed in the first quarter police crime statistics, which were unpacked by MEC of Safety and Security, Weziwe Tikana-Gxothiwe, today. The DA welcomes the long overdue quarterly release of statistics, as this will play an important …


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Speech notes: Draft resolution: Provincial government must undertake a thorough investigation into the outsourcing of services to the private sector

Bobby Stevenson

The following speech was delivered by Bobby Stevenson, MPL in support of a motion tabled in the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature, on 23 July 2020. The global pandemic that we are currently undergoing has issued in a new approach to the delivery of services, not only in South Africa but also throughout the world. It is no longer government as usual but rather the COVID-19 ushering in, what one would …


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Dramatic rise in Eastern Cape farm attacks

The number of farm attacks in the Eastern Cape have risen three-fold over the past four years, highlighting the brutal assault that continues to take place on Eastern Cape farmers. These attacks are a warning flag of the increasing violent crime in rural communities in the Eastern Cape, and once again highlights the urgent need for a Rural Safety Summit that can address the issue. The latest statistics, provided by …


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Urgent need for Eastern Cape Rural Safety Summit

The Eastern Cape urgently needs to host a rural safety summit, to develop measures to curb farm murders in the rural areas and address the rampant stock theft taking place, along with the high rate of crime in these communities. It is therefore encouraging that the MEC for Safety and Liaison, MEC Weziwe Tikana-Gxothiwe, has indicated her support for a rural safety summit, as well support for farm murders to …


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Stock theft soars during lockdown in Eastern Cape

Eastern Cape farmers are being bled dry by brazen stock thieves. While other crimes might have declined during the government’s lockdown in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, there has been a massive surge in stock theft across the province. This is dealing a crippling blow to the already struggling agricultural sector. In response to a parliamentary question, MEC Weziwe Tikana Gqothiwe, revealed that, from 27 March until 22 June, 5 …


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Staggering EC crime figures shows bloody crime wave continues

The crime statistics released today show that the bloody wave of violent crime continues to sweep through the Eastern Cape, bringing little hope to residents who continue to live in fear of the criminal element that stalks our communities. Despite bucking the national trend in murders, with a slight decrease of 2,2% year on year, 3 879 people still lost their lives at the hands of criminals in the province. …


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Dringende optrede is nou nodig om skandalige sluiting van die Helenvale-kliniek aan te spreek

Die Helenvale-kliniek se deure is al meer as ‘n jaar en ‘n half weens geweldsmisdaad in die omgewing gesluit – dit ten spyte daarvan dat die kliniek net 200 meter van die Gelvandale-polisiekantoor geleë is. Die sluiting van die kliniek het ‘n katastrofiese impak op die Malabar-kliniek aangesien dit nou mediese dienste moet verskaf aan inwoners van Helenvale ook. Ons kan eenvoudig nie terugstaan en toelaat dat bende-aktiwiteite en kriminele …


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Helenvale clinic closure a disgrace, urgent action needed

The ongoing closure of the Helenvale Clinic, which is located a mere 200m away from the Gelvandale police station, needs to be resolved as a matter of urgency! The clinic has been closed for over a year and a half due to the violent crime in the area. This has had a catastrophic knock on effect on the Malabar clinic, that has seen its case load double as Helenvale residents …


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Speech Notes: Safety and Liaison Portfolio Committee Report and Budget 2020/2021

The Democratic Alliance welcomes the change in name of the department to the Department of Community Safety. This gives greater clarity as to what the role of the department is and will certainly resonate a lot better with the public and is aligned with other provinces such as the Western Cape. Any name change costs can be phased in over time. With reference to the budget, what is of great …


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Speech Notes: Provincial Legislature Oversight Committee Report Speech

At a time like this, our country and province face an unprecedented humanitarian crisis fueled by the health pandemic as well as the meltdown of our economy. The Eastern Cape was in a crisis prior to COVID-19. We are now dangerously close to going over the edge of the cliff while being pounded by the forces of a perfect storm. These two overarching issues are not only going to heavily …


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