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Threats, coercing and interference allegations in Modise Animal Cruelty case

Chris Hattingh, DA Leader in North West
1 August 2014

 The confirmation by the Veterinary Defence Association (VDA)  that there were attempts by "political parties and other vested interests " (1) to "coerce and threaten" the veterinary surgeon involved in the investigation of the animal cruelty on Thandi Modise's farm is a serious indication that the allegations of interference in this case is substantive and real.

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DA welcomes Transnet class action legal proceedings
1 August 2014

The DA welcomes the decision by the Pretoria High Court to allow the commencement of class action proceedings against Transnet and two of its pension funds, Transnet Pension Fund and the Transnet Second Defined Benefit Fund (TSBF), on behalf of 65 000 former Transnet employees. 

Minister to investigate electronic visas
31 July 2014

 This afternoon, I met with the Minister of Tourism, Derek Hannekom, to discuss the various solutions to strengthen the tourism industry given the fact that the National Development Plan has identified tourism as one of the country’s key job-creating sectors. I especially raised the hasty implementation of the new immigration regulations, which threatens jobs in the industry.

DASO condemns University of Fort Hare’s actions
31 July 2014

 Yesterday, the students at the University of Forth Hare's Alice campus were reportedly informed that they must vacate university residences by 11:00 today, 31 July, and are expected to return to on the 8th of August. This is the result of the University Management claiming not to have been paid by NSFAS and not being able to pay the students affected in full.

AG Report: Inquiry needed into COGTA failures
31 July 2014

 The DA will request a parliamentary inquiry by the Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) into a number of glaring failures by the National Department in providing proper support and oversight to local government.

NERSA must explain Eskom tariff increase to Parliament
31 July 2014

The DA is extremely concerned about the impact that Nersa’s latest electricity tariff increase will have on the South African economy, and in particular, our already struggling households and businesses. It is a move that will undermine job creation and hurt the poor.

DA is leading the way in Parliament
31 July 2014

Over 4-million South Africans voted the Democratic Alliance (DA) into the position of Official Opposition, and gave us a mandate to hold the governing party and the Executive to full account.

DA congratulates Kallis on a successful cricketing career
30 July 2014

 The DA congratulates South Africa’s cricketing legend, Jacques Kallis, on an illustrious international career.

Minister Motshekga fails thousands of technical school learners
30 July 2014

 A reply to a DA parliamentary question has revealed that the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, is nowhere closer to meeting her January 2015 deadline to implement the revised curriculum in technical schools.

Drastic increase in irregular and wasteful expenditure cause for concern
30 July 2014

The DA is deeply concerned with the dramatic increase in irregular, wasteful, fruitless and unauthorised expenditure by ANC municipalities in the latest findings of the audit outcomes of local government as reflected in the MFMA 2012-13 report, released today. 

Small businesses must be protected from big unions
30 July 2014

The DA will write to the Minister of Small Business Development, Lindiwe Zulu, requesting she advocate for the exclusion of small and medium business enterprises from collective bargaining agreements which they are not signatories to through amendments to the Labour Relations Amendment Act.