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Honouring Nelson Mandela’s legacy 21 years on

Note to editors: The following remarks were made by Phumzile Van Damme MP, DA National Spokesperson, at the Nelson Mandela memorial statue overlooking Bloemfontein this morning.   Fellow Democrats,   On 27 April 1994, the chains of oppression in South Africa were cast off, and freedom was felt for the first time.   On that day,…

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SA Today: Now let’s try fighting for real transformation

For the past six weeks, the news has been dominated by vandalism against statues and violence against foreign nationals. The first morphed into the second, as tends to happen when people are looking for diversions from the real issues hindering our country’s development after two decades of democracy. The latest diversionary cycle began with statues….

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Minister Motshekga misleads the public on NEEDU reports

Minister Motshekga has denied withholding the 2013 report by the National Education Evaluation and Development Unit (NEEDU) from public scrutiny. She has stated that “the said report is in actual fact a document that was made public from the time when the first report was released”. This statement is misleading. The first report was indeed…

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President Zuma rejects Judicial Commission of Inquiry into SARS

In a reply to a DA parliamentary question, President Zuma rejected the DA’s call for him to institute a Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the South African Revenue Service (SARS), as according to the President “there is sufficient, independent attention and investigations of the matters”. This is deeply concerning given the ANC’s ongoing cover up of the…

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Candidates for DA Federal Congress 2015

The Democratic Alliance will hold its sixth Federal Congress on 9 and 10 May 2015, at the Boardwalk Convention Centre in Nelson Mandela Bay. The Federal Congress is the highest decision-making body of the Party, and is made up of delegates who are ordinary members and public representatives from DA branches across the country. Congress…

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Mashinini appointment a blow to IEC

The DA notes the appointment of Vuma Glenton Mashinini as the Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) by President Jacob Zuma. We view this appointment as the latest attempt by the President to capture a critical state institution. Mr Mashinini is a close ally of President Zuma and he should never have been nominated…

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