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Detective shortages, training in EC must be prioritised

November 12th, 2019

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I welcome the fact that detective training in the Eastern Cape, with a particular focus on basic fraud investigations, will be prioritised in the 2020/21 financial year. However, along with the upskilling of existing detectives, priority needs to be given to the recruitment of new detectives to bring SAPS up to full strength in this division. The detective division is one of the key pillars in the war against crime, …


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Unemployment crisis continues to deepen in Eastern Cape

October 29th, 2019

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It is clear that Premier Oscar Mabuyane has no solution to combat the rising unemployment in the Eastern Cape, which is robbing the food off the tables of the people. This after the Quarterly Labour Force Survey, released by Stats SA today, showed that unemployment in the province continued to rise, with the third quarter up by 1.1%, from 35.4% to 36.5%. The Eastern Cape continues to have the highest …


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Half of EC police not competent to carry firearms

October 16th, 2019

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The day to day operations of SAPS in the Eastern Cape are being severely compromised, with more than half of the members not completing their firearm competency testing. This requires urgent intervention as we want bobbies on the beat, not officers in offices. According to a response for oral reply, Safety and Liaison MEC, Weziwe Tikana, said that so far in the 2019/20 financial year, only 5 531 out of …


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Historic moment as EC Legislature adopts DA motion to prepare for Fourth Industrial Revolution

October 2nd, 2019

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Yesterday the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature took a historic step in adopting my motion, with amendments by the ANC, dealing with the preparedness of the province for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The thrust of this motion is to ensure that the province is fully prepared for this new period, which entails the converging of digital, physical and biological technologies and is characterised by fast moving change involving big data, automation, …


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

September 18th, 2019

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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