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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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Escaped prisoners in Elliot must be brought to book

October 1st, 2020

The South African Police Service must pull out all the stops to rearrest the individuals who managed to escape from the police holding cells in Elliot last night. The Democratic Alliance has reliably learnt that seven detainees, who were allegedly being held on charges ranging from house robbery to attempted murder, managed to escape the holding cells and take a police officer’s firearm in the process. One cannot allow these …


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Eastern Cape becomes jobs slaughterhouse of SA

September 29th, 2020

The latest Quarterly Labour Force Survey statistics, released today, show the devastating impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the economy of the Eastern Cape. Although the provincial unemployment figure has improved slightly, from 40.5% to 36.9%, these figures have been skewed, as Stats SA excludes those who have given up looking for work from the official unemployment rate. It is the expanded unemployment rate that shows the true …


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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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Provincial Anti-Corruption Council fails to meet for over a year

September 21st, 2020

The Eastern Cape Provincial Anti-Corruption Council has not held one meeting over the last financial year and, to date, has not sat this financial year either. This highlights the sheer lack of political will of the provincial government to tackle corruption. This was revealed by Premier Oscar Mabuyane, in response to a parliamentary question from the Democratic Alliance. SEE: IQP 22 question 510 The council is meant to coordinate and …


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