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Politicised police continue to suppress Mogalakwena residents

Note to editors: The following remarks were made by Mmusi Maimane MP, DA Parliamentary Leader, to protesting residents of Mogalakwena Municipality in Limpopo outside the Mokopane Police Station. This is the the second stop Maimane has made in Mokopane, as part of his Power to the People tour, to consult South Africans on the real…

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AU should mediate to end violent DRC protests

The DA calls on the African Union to mediate to ensure an end of bloody protests in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kinshasa, which has claimed the lives of 42 people.   The days of protest due to proposed changes to electoral laws which will see a postponement of the 2016 presidential…

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SA Today: Another corruption buster bites the dust

Good presidents have difficult second terms. Bad presidents have disastrous ones. Unfortunately, we have a particularly bad president. Eight months into his second term, Jacob Zuma has confirmed every single doubt there may have been around his suitability – and his ability – to lead this country. He has demonstrated, time and time again, that…

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I have today written to Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, to seek clarity on whether the government continues to maintain a neutral stance on rhino horn trade pending the outcome of its feasibility investigation into the matter. My parliamentary questions in this regard have gone unanswered in the face of mounting evidence that the…

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Riot police are never welcome in Parliament

The DA strongly rejects today’s comments by the Chief Whip of the ANC, Stone Sizani, proposing that riot police can and will be used at any time to safeguard the Parliamentary chamber. Our position on this issue has been consistently clear – police are never welcome in the Parliamentary chamber. Sending the police in to…

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Investigate “Commander of the Presidential Jet” Nhlanhla Dube’s fly-by-night flight school

The Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, should conduct a full investigation into the South African Flight Training Academy owned by self-styled “Commander of the Presidential Jet” Nlanhla Dube and funded by the National Skills Fund. The National Skills Fund’s aim to train 100 previously disadvantaged pilots under the Vukani Aviation Project is commendable. Creating…

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