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We need effective policing to take back the power from Druglords

Note to Editors: The following remarks were made by Mmusi Maimane MP, DA Parliamentary Leader, to the residents of Riverlea outside the Langlaagte Police Station, during a march against drugs and crime as part of his Power to the People tour to consult South Africans on the real state of the nation. Maimane was joined…

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High Court vindicates DA’s position on Dramat suspension

This morning the DA’s position that the Police Minister, Nkosinathi Nhleko, acted outside his authority when he suspended the Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations (the Hawks), Anwa Dramat, was vindicated by the North Gauteng High Court. The North Gauteng High Court found that the decision by the Minister is “unlawful, invalid and…

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Improved action plan needed to prevent further Xenophobic attacks

The DA calls on the South African Police Service (SAPS) to urgently institute measures to arrest the continuing xenophobic violence in Soweto if we are to avoid the violent xenophobic situation that erupted in 2008. I will write to the Minister of Police, Nkosinathi Nhleko, to demand vastly improved early warning systems and action plans…

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DA notes the release of the National Key Points list

The DA notes the release of the list of South Africa’s National Key Points after several years of fighting to review the list of 200-odd National Key Points.   This comes after the Minister of Police, Nathi Nhleko, made public the list last night following a successful court bid in December last year to have…

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Minister Nzimande and the Education Alliance: mixing party and state

I will be submitting Parliamentary questions to the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr. Blade Nzimande, to find out more about his relationship with the Education Alliance. Last week the Minister, together with several of his Departmental colleagues, addressed a body called the Education Alliance, which he convened. The composition of the ‘alliance’ resembles…

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Parliamentary hearing needed on DTI solar-geyser rules

The solar geyser manufacturing industry has claimed that the DTI’s local content rules for solar geysers are too stringent and have resulted in 4500 jobs being lost in the industry. This is a serious matter, since the local content programme is supposed to encourage South African manufacturing and create jobs, not destroy them. These claims…

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