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Claims against EC police approach R8 billion

December 13th, 2021

The Eastern Cape police are facing a staggering R7,992 billion in claims against them for 6 528 cases of alleged wrongdoing in the province. Despite the ever-increasing claims brought against police, the government has failed to capacitate the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID), which is tasked with investigating police misconduct, with only one office to service the entire Eastern Cape. The DA wants to see a fully resourced and disciplined …

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Nqaba Bhanga sworn in as official leader of the opposition in EC Legislature

December 9th, 2021

Today the Democratic Alliance’s Eastern Cape Provincial Leader and former Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor, Nqaba Bhanga, was sworn in as a member of the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature. Bhanga returns as the official leader of the opposition in the legislature after having moved to the Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) council in March last year and serving as NMB’s mayor since December 2020. Bobby Stevenson will return to chief whip. Bhanga’s …

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New solutions needed to fix unemployment in Eastern Cape

November 30th, 2021

The latest unemployment figures, released today, show that the Eastern Cape still has the highest levels of unemployment in the country. It is clear that we need new solutions if we are to create new hope. The Quarterly Labour Force Survey statistics, for the period between July and September 2021, have revealed that the Eastern Cape’s unemployment rose to 47.3%, while the expanded unemployment rate is sitting at 54.5%. Government …

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Vehicle shortages crippling EC Flying squads

November 24th, 2021

Residents across the province are being denied rapid police response when they need it most, because of a crippling vehicle shortage affecting Eastern Cape flying squad units. This must be particularly terrifying when your home is being invaded by robbers or rapists. In response to a Parliamentary Question from the Democratic Alliance, Community Safety MEC, Weziwe Tikana-Gxothiwe, reveals that of the 48 vehicles allocated to the six flying squad units …

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Rape and murder continue to skyrocket in Eastern Cape

November 19th, 2021

Residents of the Eastern Cape are living in fear of violent criminals, who continue to murder and rape with impunity. The crime statistics for the second quarter of the 2021/22 financial year, between July and September, released by National Police Minister, Bheki Cele, paint a dismal picture of runaway crime across the country. There were 1 000 people murdered in the province in three months, a staggering rise of 9.1% …

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Government fails to stem jobs bloodbath in Eastern Cape

August 24th, 2021

The Eastern Cape provincial government has failed to stem the tide of the jobs bloodbath across the Eastern Cape, as a further 66,000 jobs were lost in the three months between April and June. The latest unemployment statistics show the province’s unemployment figures have shot up 3.3% quarter on quarter, from 43,8% to 47,1%, the worst in the country. The province’s expanded unemployment rate has reached a staggering 53%! Even …

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Eastern Cape bleeds as damning quarterly crime stats released

August 20th, 2021

The skyrocketing increases in violent crime in the Eastern Cape are a real cause for concern. Our province is bleeding as residents are being slaughtered, raped and abused. The crime statistics for the first quarter of the 2021/22 financial year, between April and June, released by National Police Minister, Bheki Cele, paint a dismal picture of runaway crime. There were 1020 people murdered in the province in three months, a …

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Worrying trend in attacks on Hankey farmers

August 20th, 2021

The second attack on farmers in the Hankey area in as many weeks should be sounding alarms, and police should be pulling out all stops to bring these assailants to justice. The first attack saw A 72-year-old farmer shot in the leg during a shoot-out with attackers on his smallholding on Wednesday last week [11 August 2021]. The assailants fled the scene and no arrests have been made. Last night …

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Violent onslaught against women and children still prevalent in Eastern Cape

August 11th, 2021

The brutal criminal onslaught against women and children in the Eastern Cape has shown little to no signs of stopping, with tens of thousands of cases of violent crime against women and children reported annually. The lives of our women and children are not respected or valued. Societal norms in this regard need to rapidly change! In response to parliamentary questions from the Democratic Alliance, MEC for Community Safety, Weziwe …

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Government non-payment killing small business in the Eastern Cape

July 13th, 2021

The Eastern Cape provincial government continues to destroy the livelihoods of small businesses by repeatedly failing to pay its suppliers within 30 days. Over 24 000 invoices from suppliers valued in excess of R3,5 billion were still outstanding at the end of the last financial year, playing a tremendous amount of stress on businesses that have had to carry the costs during extremely difficult times. In response to a Parliamentary …

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