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Protests in the EC continue to rise as chaos trumps law and order

September 18th, 2019

Service delivery protests are on the rise in the Eastern Cape and continue to contribute to an environment of chaos and disorder, with almost two protests taking place every day. MEC of Safety and Liaison, Weziwe Tikana, said in response to a parliamentary question, that 674 service delivery protests took place in the province between the 1st of April 2018 – 31st March 2019. This is a staggering increase of …

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Eastern Cape crime stats show police are losing the war in a brutal, violent society

September 12th, 2019

The latest Eastern Cape crime statistics highlight what a brutal and violent society we are living in, where we are haunted by the fear of the criminal element and our general feeling of the lack of safety. We are losing our moral values and basic humanity. There is no longer respect for human life, with people engaging in senseless and brutal crimes. Criminals clearly no longer fear being caught. We …

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NMB Gunshot Warzone

August 22nd, 2019

Nelson Mandela Bay has become a brutal warzone which is characterized by extreme gun violence. It is time for a comprehensive rescue plan to be implemented to save our metro from this carnage! 20% of all deaths recorded at the Nelson Mandela Bay mortuary, over the last three years, are all gunshot related. In response to a parliamentary question the MEC for Health, Sindiswa Gomba, said that over the last …

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Live streaming legislature sittings will make proceedings more accessible to the public

August 14th, 2019

Live streaming sittings of the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature could dramatically assist with increasing and promoting public participation in its affairs and will certainly allow more people access to what is happening in our institution, particularly relating to house debates. We need to make the Legislature a thoroughly modern institution walking in step with the fourth industrial revolution. By live streaming the sittings, you can the witness first-hand what your …

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Brutal assaults on EC farming communities continue to rise

August 5th, 2019

The latest, alarming statistics on farm attacks in the Eastern Cape show that our rural communities are continually under siege and the brutal assault on the farming community continues to rise. In the 2016/17 financial there were 26 farm attacks. Over the last three years there have been 113 attacks. There has been an 84% increase between 2016/17 compared to 2018/19 In response to a parliamentary question, MEC for Safety, …

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R2,3 billion in claims against police in the Eastern Cape

July 11th, 2019

The fact that R2,3 billion in current claims against the police in the Eastern Cape are pending is a shocking indictment of the state of policing in the province. See IQP 5 qq 70 In response to a parliamentary question, MEC for Safety and Liaison, Weziwe Tikana, said that claims paid out by the Eastern Cape SAPS in the 2018/19 financial year was in excess of R45-million. This is up …

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Adapt or die – Call for Eastern Cape to actively prepare for Fourth Industrial Revolution

July 4th, 2019

Today I tabled a motion in the Provincial Legislature dealing with the preparedness of the province for the Fourth Industrial Revolution that is sweeping through the world. (See Motion Attached) The province needs to be fully prepared for the massive change that is already impacting on how we learn, how we communicate, how we work and how we govern. The period referred to as the Fourth Industrial Revolution entails the …

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Second Bethelsdorp Police Station needed now, more than ever

May 21st, 2019

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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Bold changes needed to turn Eastern Cape around

March 5th, 2019

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

March 4th, 2019

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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