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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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Department’s inaction placing lives of Fort Beaufort learners at risk

February 26th, 2020

It is simply unacceptable that the Department of Education does not care that the lives of primary school learners at Fort Beaufort Primary School are placed at risk. Children on their way to school have been threatened at knife point, residents use the school grounds as a shortcut and cattle graze on the school sports fields because the school’s perimeter fencing has been vandalised and stolen. The lack of fencing …

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EC festive season death toll continues to rise

January 24th, 2020

The latest festive season death tolls, released by Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula yesterday, are a clear sign that road safety in the Eastern Cape is non-existent. Minister Mbalula announced that, of 1 617 people were killed on South African roads over the past festive season, 242 people lost their lives on Eastern Cape roads, the third highest in the country. This means that, for the third year in a row, …

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Move scholar transport back to Education Department

January 21st, 2020

The Democratic Alliance believes in the right of children to quality education, so that they can be uplifted and empowered for a better tomorrow. By failing to provide scholar transport to these learners, the Department of Transport is depriving these children of their rights. This crisis in scholar transport demands a new approach with new solutions. In order for our learners’ rights to be realised, the scholar transport programme must …

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Road safety key for holiday makers in Eastern Cape

December 12th, 2019

With the festive season upon us, road safety is once again in the spotlight. Unfortunately, road accidents will make this a time of great sadness, instead of a celebration, for many families. The only way to limit the carnage on our roads is to stop motorists from taking chances, driving unroadworthy vehicles, overloading, speeding and driving under the influence. This can be achieved by visible policing on our roads and …

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Province spends R91 million on accident-damaged state vehicles

November 22nd, 2019

The Eastern Cape Provincial Government has spent in excess of R91-million on accident-damaged state-owned vehicles over the past three years. This level of wastage is completely unacceptable and raises serious concerns about the misuse and abuse of state-owned vehicles by officials. In response to a parliamentary question, Transport MEC, Weziwe Tikana, revealed that over the past three financial years, the province had written off vehicles collectively valued at over R28,622 …

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Eastern Cape must clamp down on unroadworthy vehicles to curb road deaths in province

November 15th, 2019

The Eastern Cape must clamp down on unroadworthy vehicles that are making use of the province’s roads, as these vehicles place the lives of their occupants and those of other road users at risk. This Sunday, 17 November 2019, as we remember the lives lost in road accidents as part of the World Remembrance Day for road traffic victims, the Democratic Alliance is calling on the MEC for Transport, Weziwe …

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Residents take to fixing potholes after MEC fails to meet her own deadlines

October 17th, 2019

Residents have taken to fixing potholes on a provincial road in the Buffalo City Municipality, after repeated promises from the MEC of Transport have failed to materialize. This week I, together with DA councilor Sue Bentley, conducted oversight of the R500 outside East London, linking Kayser Beach to the R72, to find a provincial road with knee deep potholes. This oversight has once again highlighted that the existing model of …

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More needs to be done to protect the lives of Eastern Cape road-users

October 3rd, 2019

Drastic action needs to be taken if we are to address the ongoing carnage on the Eastern Cape roads that is claiming the lives of thousands of loved ones across the province. This week, as we enter Transport Month, at least eight people have died and twenty-two have been seriously injured. The Democratic Alliance would like to extend our sincere condolences to the families of those who have been tragically …

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Only 538 provincial traffic law enforcement officers employed to cover entire province

September 16th, 2019

There needs to be more law enforcement officers on the Eastern Cape Roads to curb the spiraling death toll that is sweeping through the province, claiming the lives of loved ones. The latest data provided by the Department of Transport has revealed that just 538 law enforcement officers are employed to patrol the entire province’s provincial road network. According to the Transport MEC, Weziwe Tikana, the current ratio of law …

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