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Escalating farm attacks in Addo must be addressed

October 17th, 2020

The escalating farm attacks in the Addo policing area needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency. This is a provincial hotspot with 14 of 74 farm attacks in the last year occurring in this area. The red lights have been flashing for some time. Friday’s attack is condemned in the strongest terms. The DA has received information that on Friday, 16 October 2020, at about 20:35, five people …

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Escaped prisoners in Elliot must be brought to book

October 1st, 2020

The South African Police Service must pull out all the stops to rearrest the individuals who managed to escape from the police holding cells in Elliot last night. The Democratic Alliance has reliably learnt that seven detainees, who were allegedly being held on charges ranging from house robbery to attempted murder, managed to escape the holding cells and take a police officer’s firearm in the process. One cannot allow these …

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Eastern Cape becomes jobs slaughterhouse of SA

September 29th, 2020

The latest Quarterly Labour Force Survey statistics, released today, show the devastating impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the economy of the Eastern Cape. Although the provincial unemployment figure has improved slightly, from 40.5% to 36.9%, these figures have been skewed, as Stats SA excludes those who have given up looking for work from the official unemployment rate. It is the expanded unemployment rate that shows the true …

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Provincial Anti-Corruption Council fails to meet for over a year

September 21st, 2020

The Eastern Cape Provincial Anti-Corruption Council has not held one meeting over the last financial year and, to date, has not sat this financial year either. This highlights the sheer lack of political will of the provincial government to tackle corruption. This was revealed by Premier Oscar Mabuyane, in response to a parliamentary question from the Democratic Alliance. SEE: IQP 22 question 510 The council is meant to coordinate and …

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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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