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PRESS RELEASES BY BOBBY STEVENSON


First quarter crime stats still show worrying trends for EC

September 10th, 2020

Despite the overall decline in crime incidents, which can be attributed to the strict lockdown measures that were put in place, there are still areas that bucked the trend the Eastern Cape. This was revealed in the first quarter police crime statistics, which were unpacked by MEC of Safety and Security, Weziwe Tikana-Gxothiwe, today. The DA welcomes the long overdue quarterly release of statistics, as this will play an important …


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Dramatic rise in Eastern Cape farm attacks

August 26th, 2020

The number of farm attacks in the Eastern Cape have risen three-fold over the past four years, highlighting the brutal assault that continues to take place on Eastern Cape farmers. These attacks are a warning flag of the increasing violent crime in rural communities in the Eastern Cape, and once again highlights the urgent need for a Rural Safety Summit that can address the issue. The latest statistics, provided by …


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Urgent need for Eastern Cape Rural Safety Summit

August 17th, 2020

The Eastern Cape urgently needs to host a rural safety summit, to develop measures to curb farm murders in the rural areas and address the rampant stock theft taking place, along with the high rate of crime in these communities. It is therefore encouraging that the MEC for Safety and Liaison, MEC Weziwe Tikana-Gxothiwe, has indicated her support for a rural safety summit, as well support for farm murders to …


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Stock theft soars during lockdown in Eastern Cape

August 5th, 2020

Eastern Cape farmers are being bled dry by brazen stock thieves. While other crimes might have declined during the government’s lockdown in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, there has been a massive surge in stock theft across the province. This is dealing a crippling blow to the already struggling agricultural sector. In response to a parliamentary question, MEC Weziwe Tikana Gqothiwe, revealed that, from 27 March until 22 June, 5 …


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Staggering EC crime figures shows bloody crime wave continues

July 31st, 2020

The crime statistics released today show that the bloody wave of violent crime continues to sweep through the Eastern Cape, bringing little hope to residents who continue to live in fear of the criminal element that stalks our communities. Despite bucking the national trend in murders, with a slight decrease of 2,2% year on year, 3 879 people still lost their lives at the hands of criminals in the province. …


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Dringende optrede is nou nodig om skandalige sluiting van die Helenvale-kliniek aan te spreek

July 6th, 2020

Die Helenvale-kliniek se deure is al meer as ‘n jaar en ‘n half weens geweldsmisdaad in die omgewing gesluit – dit ten spyte daarvan dat die kliniek net 200 meter van die Gelvandale-polisiekantoor geleë is. Die sluiting van die kliniek het ‘n katastrofiese impak op die Malabar-kliniek aangesien dit nou mediese dienste moet verskaf aan inwoners van Helenvale ook. Ons kan eenvoudig nie terugstaan en toelaat dat bende-aktiwiteite en kriminele …


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Helenvale clinic closure a disgrace, urgent action needed

July 6th, 2020

The ongoing closure of the Helenvale Clinic, which is located a mere 200m away from the Gelvandale police station, needs to be resolved as a matter of urgency! The clinic has been closed for over a year and a half due to the violent crime in the area. This has had a catastrophic knock on effect on the Malabar clinic, that has seen its case load double as Helenvale residents …


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Job losses in first quarter a sign of things to come

June 23rd, 2020

The marginal increase in unemployment figures in the Eastern Cape for the first quarter of 2020 is no cause for complacency, but rather a worrying sign of things to come. The real slaughter will come in the second quarter, when the impact of the lockdown in response to Covid-19 starts to play out. That the province has seen continuing growth in the unemployment, which increased by 1% from the 4th …


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Return of Community Patrols a welcome boost in the fight against crime

June 9th, 2020

The Democratic Alliance welcomes the fact that CPFs and neighbourhood watches can now operate under level 3. This will greatly assist in crime prevention in our province. Fighting crime is a partnership between the community and police and getting patrollers back on the streets will assist with quelling liquor lawlessness and boozy street parties by encouraging social distancing. SAPS alone cannot deal with this and we are witnessing the absence …


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R2,3 billion backlog in government payments crippling EC business

June 4th, 2020

A shocking R2,3 billion rand in outstanding payments in excess of 30 days, was owed by Eastern Cape government departments to suppliers for goods and services rendered, as at the end of February this year. There is no place for a job-crushing administration in these times. In a period like this, where businesses are battling to make ends meet and pay their staff, the non-payment for work runs contrary to …


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