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GOVERNMENT MUST COME CLEAN ON RHINO HORN TRADE STANCE

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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We need effective policing to take back the power from Druglords

Note to Editors: The following remarks were made by Mmusi Maimane MP, DA Parliamentary Leader, to the residents of Riverlea outside the Langlaagte Police Station, during a march against drugs and crime as part of his Power to the People tour to consult South Africans on the real state of the nation. Maimane was joined…

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High Court vindicates DA’s position on Dramat suspension

This morning the DA’s position that the Police Minister, Nkosinathi Nhleko, acted outside his authority when he suspended the Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations (the Hawks), Anwa Dramat, was vindicated by the North Gauteng High Court. The North Gauteng High Court found that the decision by the Minister is “unlawful, invalid and…

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