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Minister Sisulu, politicking doesn’t improve living conditions

Note to Editors: This is an extract of a speech delivered by the DA Shadow Minister of Human Settlements,Makashule Gana MP, during a sitting of the National Assembly in Parliament today.    Honourable Speaker, Honourable Members,     Now more than ever, we need a constructive debate on how to make our cities welcoming for…

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Lotto operator: Ithuba must be beyond reproach and apolitical

The Democratic Alliance notes the announcement today that a company called Ithuba Holdings Pty Ltd is the preferred bidder to operate the National Lotto. We will conduct our own due diligence investigation to ensure that Ithuba is capable of running the lotto, that it is above reproach, and that its directors have no connection to…

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Tshabalala tactics a cynical attempt to delay justice

The court interdict obtained by SABC Chairperson Ellen Tshabalala today is a cynical attempt to tie the parliamentary Inquiry into her qualifications up in legal knots. The Communications Portfolio Committee today heard that Ms. Tshabalala’s legal team served papers at the Western Cape High Court yesterday to prevent the Committee from proceeding with its Inquiry…

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Why is Minister Nhleko ordering the IPID to do the job of SAPS?

The Democratic Alliance is very concerned about media reports today that the Minister of Police,  Nkosinathi Nhleko, has ordered the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) to “investigate crime in the Western Cape town of Grabouw” following an imbizo that he held with community leaders and Grabouw police commanders. I will therefore be submitting parliamentary questions…

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MTBPS not bold enough to grow our economy and create jobs

The Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) today by finance minister Nhlanhla Nene did not do enough to restore confidence in our economy, assist economic growth, or create new jobs.  After analysing the MTBPS, it has become clear that positioning the state at the centre of our economy cannot work. State-owned entities are bankrupting South…

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Public Protector budget shortfall: Time for independent funding model

Today the Public Protector, Adv Thuli Madonsela, presented her office’s annual financial report to the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services which revealed that her office is unable to fully discharge its constitutional mandate due to a 30% shortfall in its budget. She indicated that her office would need at least R100 million more…

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