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DA to move for parliamentary inquiry into McBride suspension

The DA welcomes the decision by the Portfolio Committee on Police to have the Minister of Police, Nathi Nhleko, appear before the Committee to brief it on the suspension of the Executive Director of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID), Robert McBride, and the rationality of that decision. Should the Minister’s briefing not satisfy the…

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DA calls for inquiry into Eskom catering subsidies

I will today write to the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises, Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba, requesting that she urgently summon Eskom’s Acting Finance Director, Nonkululeko Veleti, to appear before the Committee. Ms Veleti must explain why, when Eskom is so evidently cash-strapped, it is issuing costly catering contracts and food subsidies for employees ranging…

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Turning your back on your child is not an option

Note to editors: The following remarks were delivered by Helen Zille during the DA’s petition drive in Mitchell’s Plain this morning. Zille was joined by DA Women’s Network Interim Leader, Denise Robinson, and National Spokesperson, Phumzile van Damme. Hundreds of DA activists came out to encourage the community to sign a petition to blacklist child…

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Historic win for DASO Fort Hare in University SRC elections

The Democratic Alliance congratulates the DA Students Organisation at Fort Hare University for its historic win in yesterday’s SRC elections. DASO won a clear majority of 52.5%. This is up from 20.5% for DASO in last year’s SRC election, and represents fantastic growth for the DA, almost tripling our support. The outcome is noteworthy after…

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Minister Nzimande should prosecute corrupt SETA officials

The Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training yesterday heard shocking evidence of deep-seated corruption, mismanagement and sheer incompetence in two of the 21 troubled Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs).   I will write to the Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, to urge him to ensure that all those implicated in any of these crimes…

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Standing Committee on Chapter 9’s needed for independent funding model

Yesterday the Public Protector and the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) appeared before the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services to brief the Committee on the budgetary constraints and the need for more funds to be released to better capacitate these bodies to carry out their respective constitutional mandates.   The difference in…

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