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Police must act against protestors threatening lives and destroying property

April 15th, 2021

The South African Police Service must take immediate action to safeguard the lives and property of residents and businesses making use of the roads linking Gqeberha to Kariega. It is simply unacceptable that police have stood by watching the destruction of property, as protestors burn out trucks and busses and damage road infrastructure on the R75 and the R335. I challenge the MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison, Weziwe Tikana-Gxothiwe, …

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Eastern Cape Easter road death toll small comfort

April 6th, 2021

The relatively low road deaths for the Easter Weekend are small comfort for the families who have lost loved ones on the roads over the long weekend. At least 20 people have died in road accidents across the province since 1 April 2021. While this is significantly down on the 68 individuals who lost their lives on the road over Easter in 2019, it is significantly higher than the eight …

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Thousands of Eastern Cape learners to be stranded

February 11th, 2021

Today it has been revealed that 37 247 Eastern Cape learners, who previously received assistance to get to school, will now be stranded at home with no transport whatsoever, because of budget cuts. This was revealed during a school readiness presentation to the Eastern Cape Education Portfolio Committee. Last year the Eastern Cape Department of Transport, which is responsible for scholar transport, was able to provide assistance to 124 247 …

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Political interference deprives Nieu-Bethesda residents of emergency services

February 2nd, 2021

Residents of Nieu-Bethesda are being deprived of life-saving emergency services because political interference has brought the upgrade of the main road between the town and Graff Reinet to a standstill. Although three-quarters of the road has been tarred, the last stretch into the town has been abandoned, and the deteriorating condition of the road has made it difficult for ambulances and police vehicles to traverse. The contractor abandoned the site …

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Premier must release report on Transport MEC

January 20th, 2021

It has been more than eight months since Premier Oscar Mabuyane requested the Provincial Treasury to investigate several allegations against Transport MEC Weziwe Tikana-Gxothiwe. The Premier cannot continue to drag his feet on this matter. There must be zero tolerance for corruption and maladministration if we are to build a capable state! What are you hiding, Mr Premier? In response to a parliamentary question posed in November last year, Premier …

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More needs to be done for road safety as multiple truck pileup claims lives

October 22nd, 2020

The Democratic Alliance is deeply saddened by the unnecessary loss of life following a multiple vehicle pileup on the N10 between Golden Valley and Cookhouse earlier today. At least three trucks are said to have been involved in the collision. The road is notorious for the number of motor vehicle accidents that occur, and more needs to be done to ensure the safety of road users. Road infrastructure also needs …

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24-hour traffic law enforcement fails to launch

October 15th, 2020

Transport MEC, Weziwe Tikana Gxothiwe should hang her head in shame, as the 24-hour traffic law enforcement that she has been promising for years, and which was supposed to come into effect at the beginning of October, has failed to launch. Twenty-four-hour traffic law enforcement is desperately needed in the Eastern Cape if there is to be any hope of returning law and order to our roads and saving lives …

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24-hour Traffic Law Enforcement must hit the ground running

October 1st, 2020

As we enter Transport Month, it is clear that drastic action needs to be taken to address the ongoing carnage on the Eastern Cape roads, which is once again spiralling out of control as lockdown measures are eased. The DA therefore welcomes Transport MEC, Weziwe Tikana Gxothiwe’s announcement that her department will be rolling out 24-hour Traffic Law Enforcement on nine routes across the province, starting today. In a parliamentary …

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Scholar Transport still not finalized for the 2020 academic year

September 25th, 2020

Learners have been back at school for almost a month and the Eastern Cape Department of Transport is still in the process of finalizing contracts for scholar transport operators. I am calling on the Eastern Cape MEC of Transport yet again to take immediate steps to rectify the ongoing issues with Scholar Transport or hand the programme over to the Eastern Cape Education Department, which is better suited to identify …

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Premier Mabuyane must act as more evidence mounts against MEC Tikana-Gxothiwe

August 13th, 2020

Premier Oscar Mabuyane cannot delay any longer. He must act now and remove Transport MEC Weziwe Tikana-Gxothiwe from office. Two damning front page news reports this morning have revealed further evidence of how MEC Tikana-Gxothiwe has allegedly abused her power as a member of the provincial executive. The first instance, relating to a recording of the MEC, she openly admits that she was instrumental in the appointment of unqualified individuals …

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