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PRESS RELEASES BY BOBBY STEVENSON


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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Livestreaming of the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature House Sittings

May 27th, 2020

I welcome the fact that the first legislature House Sitting was livestreamed on Tuesday the 26th May 2020, on YouTube and Facebook. as this is something that I have been campaigning for, for over a year. The sitting was not without technical glitches. This has been a learning curve for the Legislature, and work must also go towards improving the quality of the streaming. The live streaming of the Eastern …


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Disaster Volunteers could soon be tackling queues of death across Eastern Cape

May 26th, 2020

The use of disaster management volunteers to assist with implementing social distancing amidst the current queues of death, could soon be a reality, after a motion tabled by the Democratic Alliance in the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature was accepted. Today I tabled a motion with notice, during a virtual sitting of the Provincial Legislature, wherein I requested that the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) engage with municipalities …


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Claim payouts by Eastern Cape police skyrocket to R63 million, most cases still pending

May 26th, 2020

Claims against the Eastern Cape Police Service have skryrocketed, with over R62,8-million paid out in the first ten months of the 2019/2020 financial year, which is already R17 million more than the year before. These payouts are for just 658 claims that have been finalized. There are still 8,216 claims pending against the EC SAPS. Even more concerning is that these claims could escalate exponentially, based on reports of heavy-handed …


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More protective measures against Covid-19 needed for police

May 19th, 2020

The Democratic Alliance is highly concerned by the number of police stations that are being impacted by the Coronavirus outbreak in the Province and are calling for more protective measures to be put in place. At least 10 stations across the province have closed their doors in the past week while top officials, including provincial commissioner, lieutenant general Liziwe Ntshinga, have tested positive for the virus. When police stations go …


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Disaster Management Volunteers needed to Prevent Queues of Death

May 13th, 2020

The government is allowing people to line up and potentially die in “queues of death” that we have recently witnessed across the province. These queues are potential super spreaders of the virus. We need a new strategy that can save lives by preventing the spread of this virus. Municipalities are empowered to use disaster management volunteers in terms of chapter 7 of the Disaster Risk Management Act (Download). The horrifying …


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