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Crime stats show that South Africa isn’t safe

The DA is deeply concerned for all South Africans who today face massively increased levels of crime. This comes after the 2013/2014 crime stats released today that violent crimes are on the increase.   It has been revealed today that the murder rate has gone up for the second consecutive year. There were 17 068…

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Home Affairs puts Edwin Samotse’s life at risk

The Democratic Alliance is shocked by reports that the Department of Home Affairs deported Mr Edwin Samotse from Polokwane Prison to Botswana, where he may face the death penalty.   This is despite a non-surrender order, signed by the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, and a Constitutional Court ruling which stated that “the deportation,…

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Let’s build a heritage we can be proud of

Note to editors:  This speech was delivered by the DA’s Member in the NCOP, George Michalakis MP today, during the Heritage Day Debate in Parliament.  Honourable Speaker The Greeks have a word, much like our own Ubuntu, that cannot be translated.  It represents a set of values and is considered one of the highest virtues. …

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Mismanagement of Heritage on Robben Island is an insult to Madiba

Note to editors:  This speech was delivered by DA Shadow Minister of Tourism, James Vos MP today, during the Heritage Day Debate in Parliament.  Shortly before he died, French President Francois Mitterrand was asked how he thought history would judge him.  “It all depends on who is writing it” he replied. As we celebrate our…

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What is the legacy of the fifth Parliament ?

Note to editors:  This speech was delivered by the DA’s Shadow Deputy Minister of Basic Education, Desiree van der Walt MP, during the Heritage Day Debate in Parliament.  Agbare Speaker, Volgende week herdenk Suid Afrika Erfenisdag. ‘n Dag waarop ons moet besin oor ons erfenis, dit wat ons as Suid Afrikaners van geslagte voor ons…

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Women’s crucial role in shaping SA’s heritage

Note to editors:  This speech was delivered by the DA’s Shadow Minister of Water and Sanitation, Nosimo Balindlela MP, today, during the Heritage Day Debate in Parliament. Honourable Speaker, Our heritage does not only consist of valued objects and buildings or the natural wonders of our country, it is also the cultural traditions, practices and beliefs that…

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