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PRESS RELEASES ANDREW WHITFIELD


Municipalities in the lurch as millions diverted for Masipathisane programme

January 18th, 2019

Municipalities are no longer being assisted by officials from the Department of Co-Operative governance and Traditional Affairs, after millions of rands were diverted from the Municipal Public Participation (MPP) directorate, to pay for the controversial Masipathisane programme. This is according COGTA MEC, Fikile Xasa, who confirmed in a response to a parliamentary question that, despite not having a budget allocated to the programme, the department spent R2,119 million on it …


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Fundamentally flawed EC Consumer Bill passed

December 5th, 2018

The failing ANC Government has passed the fundamentally flawed Consumer Protection Bill in the Eastern Cape Legislature on Tuesday, even though it is at odds to the national Consumer Protector Act. The Democratic Alliance recognises that the rights of South African consumers must be protected, the recent listeriosis outbreak is just one example of how the lives of ordinary South Africans can be put in danger through the reckless behaviour …


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DA welcomes ruling in favour Eastern Cape community in historic mining rights case

November 22nd, 2018

The Democratic Alliance welcomes the historic ruling in favour of the Amadiba Crisis Committee and the people of the Umgungundlovu area of Xolobeni on the Wild Coast, which declared that the mineral resources minister must obtain consent from the community, as the holder of rights on land, prior to granting any mining rights. This judgement has hopefully brought closure to a community that has been fighting against the exploitation of …


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Secure our oceans, before it’s too late

November 20th, 2018

Tomorrow (21 November 2018) marks World Fisheries Day – a day meant to create awareness for our oceans and their precious resources. The Eastern Cape has the potential to be a leading player in this sector by supporting small scale fishing operations and securing our waters from foreign fishing vessels, but we need to ensure compliance with legislation. While Fisheries is a national competency the Eastern Cape MEC for Department …


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Xasa fiddles while Stutterheim Burns

November 16th, 2018

Ongoing violent protests and community unrest in Stutterheim are beginning to drastically affect the economy of the small town, which is fast becoming a no-go zone. Despite having written to Co-operative Governance and Traditional affairs MEC, Fikile Xasa, calling for the town to be placed under administration, there has been no intervention. The failing ANC leadership, including President Cyril Ramaphosa, have opted to rather give the town a wide berth. …


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Still no sign of Coega’s Annual Report – what are they hiding?

November 13th, 2018

There is still no sign of the Coega Development Corporation’s (CDC’s) 2017/18 Annual Report, even though it should have been tabled in the Provincial Legislature over a month ago. Failure to table the report is in direct violation of the Public Finance Management Act and appears to be a deliberate attempt to avoid accountability for gross under performance and possible corrupt activities. If Coega has nothing to hide, why are …


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DA calls on MEC Xasa to act after more violence erupts in Stutterheim

October 31st, 2018

Today, 31 October 2018, chaos again erupted in Stutterheim after angry community members clashed with public order police between Mlungisi township and Stutterheim. All roads to the township were blocked with burning tyres and rubble and arrests were made. These violent protests are ongoing and there seems to be no end in sight. Two weeks ago one person was killed and 18 arrested after young people protested against a lack …


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DA calls on MEC Xasa to place failing Amahlathi Local Municipality under administration

October 29th, 2018

Following the recent chaos that erupted in Stutterheim the Democratic Alliance in the Eastern Cape is calling for the Amahlathi Local Municipality to be put under administration in terms of Section 139 (1) (b) effective immediately. Less than two weeks ago one person was killed and 18 arrested in violent protests in Stutterheim. Young people protested against a lack of jobs, nepotism and bad service delivery. I visited the town …


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Rhino poaching is destroying the livelihoods of people in the Eastern Cape

October 11th, 2018

The scourge of rhino poaching in the Eastern Cape is getting worse, with an estimated 100 rhinos poached in the province over the last eight years. The recent senseless slaughter of two critically endangered black rhinoceros at the Great Fish River Nature Reserve has brought the number of rhinos poached in the Eastern Cape to 15 this year, up from 12 killed by poachers last year. These poachers are not …


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Deputy President passes the buck on unlawful council meeting

September 7th, 2018

Yesterday during a sitting of the National Council of Provinces I challenged Deputy President, David Mabuza, to come clean on the situation in Nelson Mandela Bay. I asked the Deputy President, as the leader of government business, whether he believed what happened in the council last week – where an unlawful sitting of council directed by MEC Fikile Xasa, illegally removed the legitimate coalition government – was really in the …


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