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Ramaphosa meeting a front to protect Zuma

Today’s meeting with the Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, served no purpose other than to protect President Jacob Zuma from appearing in Parliament to answer questions before the end of 2014. The DA supports any initiative to improve the functioning of Parliament, and we agree to working with the Deputy President as Leader of Government Business,…

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Pass requirements charade

The DA does not believe that simply increasing the pass requirements for Grades 7, 8 and 9, without the proper support to teachers and students, will increase the quality of education. The Minister of Basic Education, Ms Angie Motshekga, must co-ordinate a nation-wide concentrated action plan to train teachers to enable them to teach at…

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Ethics Committee should investigate Joemat-Pettersson

The Minister of Energy, Ms Tina Joemat-Pettersson, has been caught misleading Parliament and must be investigated by Parliament’s Joint Committee on Ethics and Members’ Interests.   Reports indicate that the Minister was involved in recommending and appointing Mr. Tshepo Kgadima as chairman of the board of PetroSA. When I asked her about this matter in…

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SA Today: The Holy Trinity of Democracy

On Saturday, the DA held its Gauteng Congress where 1200 delegates met to elect their provincial leadership and debate policy resolutions. Two weeks ago, the DA in the Eastern Cape did the same. In the coming months we will hold our provincial congresses in the remaining seven provinces, as we regularly do, at least once…

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SAHRC report on Land Restitution points to DA policy as the answer

The recent report of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), released on Friday, on the systemic challenges facing the land restitution process, is consistent with DA policy.    The obstacles to land restitution as identified by the report do not stem from constitutional provisions and the accompanying legal framework, as constantly put forward by…

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