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Scholar Transport shambles gets 2022 academic year off to poor start

January 19th, 2022

The academic year for thousands of learners across the Eastern Cape has started poorly as the scholar transport meant to get them to school is in shambles. Transport operators have not been paid since November due to a lack of funds despite the Department of Transport slashing the number of learners receiving scholar transport last year, from over 124 000 to 103 000, due to budget constraints. Now even less …

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210 fatalities in 42 days is nothing to celebrate

January 18th, 2022

The staggering death of 210 people on Eastern Cape roads over the Festive Season is nothing to celebrate, despite Minister Fikile Mbalula’s attempts to do so. While the official death toll on Eastern Cape roads might be down slightly, from 228 fatalities last year, it is still unacceptable that so many people lost their lives on our roads. The truth is that there has been little to no political will …

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MEC cannot shirk responsibility to address taxi violence

October 1st, 2021

The MEC of Transport, Weziwe Tikana-Gxothiwe, cannot shirk her responsibilities and refuse to address the rampant, out-of-control taxi violence that is sweeping across the province. Commuters are living in fear, not sure if they should climb in a taxi, or risk taking an e-hailing service, as both options threaten to place them in the middle of a raging war! Lives are being lost, livelihoods are being destroyed, and the MEC …

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Transport MEC must get house in order before new extension period lapses

August 27th, 2021

The further extension of the grace period for motorists whose licenses have expired to 31 March 2022, is welcomed, but it is now critical that the mounting backlog of licenses needs to be processed. Transport MEC Weziwe Tikana-Gxothiwe must get her house in order and ensure that Driving Licence Testing Centres (DLTCs) are capacitated to deal with the growing backlog. This follows the announcement today that all learner’s licences, driving …

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EC bus tragedy highlights need to police roads

August 17th, 2021

The Democratic Alliance wishes to extend its sincere condolences to those who have lost loved ones in the tragic bus accident in the Kei Cuttings yesterday. We also wish those injured a speedy recovery. At least 28 people were killed when a DMJ luxury bus, travelling from Cape Town to Durban, veered off the N2 and rolled 100m into a ravine, just a few kilometres from the Kei River Bridge. …

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NMB top cops must be welcomed back to office

July 1st, 2021

The Democratic Alliance welcomes the return of three of Nelson Mandela Bay’s top cops, who return to work today. Humewood station commander, Brigadier Leonie Bentley, Gelvandale station commander, Brigadier Lawrence Soekoe, and Brigadier Ronald Koll, return to work after a two-month suspension without pay. The emphasis now should be a return to fighting crime, and not squabbles within SAPS. This is what we would expect from a police service that …

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Taxi associations must be held to account for ongoing violent protests

May 27th, 2021

The taxi associations must be held to account for the ongoing violence and destruction of property that is playing out in Nelson Mandela Bay and the rest of the province. The Democratic Alliance condemns, in the harshest terms, the ongoing violence and is calling on the SAPS to take swift action against anyone who is breaking the law. Over the past three days, taxi drivers have disrupted the daily lives …

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Transport MEC must intervene in NMB Taxi Strike

May 25th, 2021

The Democratic Alliance welcomes the arrest of seven protestors involved in the taxi strike that brought Nelson Mandela Bay to a standstill today. The DA is challenging Transport MEC, Weziwe Tikana-Gxothiwe, to intervene and address the grievances raised by the taxi associations. SAPS must also bring the full might of the law to bear against these illegal protests. It is simply unacceptable that the lives of residents of Nelson Mandela …

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Leadership, oversight of SAPS not priorities for failing ANC

May 13th, 2021

Leadership and oversight of the South African Police Service are clearly not priorities for the failing ANC members of the Safety and Security Portfolio Committee. Not only did they not call a special sitting of the portfolio committee to address the challenges being faced in Nelson Mandela Bay, but they have now also postponed the committee meeting meant to sit today. The reason given for the postponement is due to …

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Provincial Commissioner’s intervention in Mandela Bay Brigadiers dismissal does not go far enough

May 5th, 2021

The Democratic Alliance welcomes the announcement this afternoon that the provincial commissioner has decided not to proceed with the dismissal of three of Nelson Mandela Bay’s top brigadiers. Earlier today I lead a march in Nelson Mandela Bay to demand fairness in the Nelson Mandela Bay Police Service, following the Disciplinary Committee recommendation to dismiss Humewood station commander Brigadier Leonie Bentley, Gelvandale station commander Brigadier Lawrence Soekoe and Brigadier Ronald …

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