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Minister must be fair and equitable in granting parole

The DA notes the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Mike Masutha’s decision on the parole applications of Eugene de Kock and Clive Derby-Lewis this morning. The DA has consistently taken the view that prisoners who qualify for parole can and should be released, but only after the correct procedures have been followed. This involves…

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Hawks: Speaker? No, a Court of Law must rule

The Portfolio Committee on Police today took a decision to refer the matter of the Minister of Police asking us to fire head of the Hawks, Anwa Dramat, to the Speaker’s office for clarity on how to proceed.   This is despite the fact that court processes around Dramat’s suspension are yet to reach a…

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Time has run out for Motsoaledi’s dodging tactics

The DA challenges the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, to explain to the South African people why he is so determined in preventing us from conducting oversight at Forensic Science Laboratories (FCLs) countrywide. Today the DA was once again barred in conducting these crucial visits at both the Johannesburg and Pretoria FCLs. Section 55…

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DA calls on Parliament to review SA Post Office business model

The DA has today written to the Chair of the Postal Services and Telecommunications Committee, Mmamoloko Kubayi, calling for an urgent Parliamentary review of the South African Post Office’s business model.   We believe the sustainability of SAPO in its current form needs to be revised given the extent of the financial collapse revealed by…

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DA to introduce presidential accountability clause

Earlier today the Programme Committee met to discuss the 11 March 2015 National Assembly Questions to the President session.   At the meeting, the DA proposed that the planned session be extended in order to include the line of questioning disrupted during the now infamous session held on 21 August; which the committee agreed to….

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