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Animal cruelty at state farms must be probed

The DA calls for an investigation into yet another animal cruelty scandal on a state-owned farm – this time in Limpopo province. Information received by the DA on conditions at the Rietspruit farm in the Modimolle area shows evidence of shocking neglect of livestock allegedly managed by former Bela Bela municipal manager, Mr Andrew Dipela….

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Deputy Police Minister must apologise for remarks on teenage pregnancy

The DA condemns the alleged statement made by the Deputy Police Minister, Makhotso Sotyu, while addressing pupils at Hillary Mthethwa Secondary School in Tekwane North near Mbombela, where she reportedly stated that pregnant school girls should be expelled from school along with their boyfriends.   The Deputy Minister must apologise immediately for her irresponsible remarks….

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DA welcomes travel ban on Ebola-affected countries

The DA welcomes Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi’s, announcement today to suspend all travel by non-South Africans to and from Ebola-affected countries.   We also welcome the Minister’s intention to medically examine and screen all South Africans returning from these countries until further notice.   The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa was declared…

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EFF & Speaker undermine Parliament

Today is a sad day for the state of democracy in our country.    During Parliament today, the Speaker failed by not insisting that the President answer the question which the EFF rightfully put to him in terms of the rules.   The Speaker acted with haste and unduly summoned the Sergeant at Arms to…

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DA’s inspection shows bribe-taking at CIPC and SARS

On Friday 15 August, the Democratic Alliance conducted an unannounced oversight visit to the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) head office and customer walk-in centre in Sunnypark in Pretoria. We wanted to see for ourselves how prevalent the problem of so-called ‘runners’ is, following many reports from businesspeople who have written to us. The…

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