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More needs to be done for road safety as multiple truck pileup claims lives

October 22nd, 2020

The Democratic Alliance is deeply saddened by the unnecessary loss of life following a multiple vehicle pileup on the N10 between Golden Valley and Cookhouse earlier today. At least three trucks are said to have been involved in the collision. The road is notorious for the number of motor vehicle accidents that occur, and more needs to be done to ensure the safety of road users. Road infrastructure also needs …

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24-hour traffic law enforcement fails to launch

October 15th, 2020

Transport MEC, Weziwe Tikana Gxothiwe should hang her head in shame, as the 24-hour traffic law enforcement that she has been promising for years, and which was supposed to come into effect at the beginning of October, has failed to launch. Twenty-four-hour traffic law enforcement is desperately needed in the Eastern Cape if there is to be any hope of returning law and order to our roads and saving lives …

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24-hour Traffic Law Enforcement must hit the ground running

October 1st, 2020

As we enter Transport Month, it is clear that drastic action needs to be taken to address the ongoing carnage on the Eastern Cape roads, which is once again spiralling out of control as lockdown measures are eased. The DA therefore welcomes Transport MEC, Weziwe Tikana Gxothiwe’s announcement that her department will be rolling out 24-hour Traffic Law Enforcement on nine routes across the province, starting today. In a parliamentary …

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Scholar Transport still not finalized for the 2020 academic year

September 25th, 2020

Learners have been back at school for almost a month and the Eastern Cape Department of Transport is still in the process of finalizing contracts for scholar transport operators. I am calling on the Eastern Cape MEC of Transport yet again to take immediate steps to rectify the ongoing issues with Scholar Transport or hand the programme over to the Eastern Cape Education Department, which is better suited to identify …

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Premier Mabuyane must act as more evidence mounts against MEC Tikana-Gxothiwe

August 13th, 2020

Premier Oscar Mabuyane cannot delay any longer. He must act now and remove Transport MEC Weziwe Tikana-Gxothiwe from office. Two damning front page news reports this morning have revealed further evidence of how MEC Tikana-Gxothiwe has allegedly abused her power as a member of the provincial executive. The first instance, relating to a recording of the MEC, she openly admits that she was instrumental in the appointment of unqualified individuals …

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Transport Department must address dismal Scholar Transport

August 4th, 2020

The Department of Transport must take immediate steps to rectify the ongoing issues with Scholar Transport or hand the programme over to the Education Department, which is better suited to identify learners most at need. The Department has only been able to provide transport for 83 789 of the 111 127 learners who have been identified for assistance. This means that one out of every four learners, who are unable …

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Premier must place MEC of special leave, finalise investigations

June 3rd, 2020

Premier Oscar Mabuyane must place the Transport MEC, Weziwe Tikana-Gxotiwe on precautionary special leave, and provide clarity regarding the investigation of the Department of Transport by Provincial Treasury. More than a month has passed since the announcement of the investigation by the Premier, on 1 May, with no further details on whether the investigations have begun, if timeframes have been set, or if there have been any preliminary findings. Yesterday’s …

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Premier must fire MEC Tikana-Gxotiwe with immediate effect and act on PSC report

May 2nd, 2020

The Democratic Alliance is calling on Premier Oscar Mabuyane to fire Eastern Cape MEC for Transport, Weziwe Tikana-Gxotiwe with immediate effect. The MEC and her Department has been implicated in several instances where public funds have been abused. From the fiasco around the use of the Miorca Lodge belonging to the MEC’s daughter as a quarantine venue and now allegations of improper contracts to host Department of Transport Officials at …

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Troubling revelations about MEC’s BnB connection need to be answered

April 17th, 2020

The Democratic Alliance is deeply concerned about revelations that one of the quarantine sites identified in the Eastern Cape, the Mioca Bed and Breakfast in Cala, has ties to the MEC of Transport, Safety and Liaison, Weziwe Tikana-Gxothiwe. Serious questions need to be answered relating to how this specific Bed and Breakfast, which is reportedly owned and operated by MEC Tikana-Goniwe’s daughter, Kwakhanya Tikana, was identified as a quarantine site …

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DA saddened and outraged by horror EC bus accident

March 2nd, 2020

The Democratic Alliance is both extremely saddened but also outraged by the news of a horror bus accident that has claimed at least 21 lives in Centane today, 2 March 2020. The bus, which was apparently travelling along a gravel road from Chebe to Butterworth, was reportely transporting 79 people, most of whom were pensioners who were going to town to collect their social grants. Instead, the bus left the …

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