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“Malikanegate”: Time to fire Professor Chris Malikane immediately!

The Minister of Finance, Malusi Gigaba, must now act decisively and fire his economic advisor, Professor Chris Malikane, for suggesting that people “take up arms” to achieve “radical economic transformation” in South Africa. The minister says that Professor Chris Malikane has been “reined in” and told to “keep quiet”. But Professor Chris Malikane says the…

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There is now a risk Malusi Gigaba may delay the implementation of the Fica Bill

There is now a risk that the Minister of Finance, Malusi Gigaba, may delay the implementation of the Financial Intelligence Centre Amendment Bill [B33D-2015], which is one of the most important legislative weapons in the fight against corruption in South Africa. The Financial Intelligence Centre Amendment Bill provides for the ongoing monitoring of the business…

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Eskom must account before Parliament for alleged nuclear pay-offs

The DA will today write to the Chair of Chairpersons to request that Eskom is urgently summoned to appear before Parliament, to account for the damning allegations that the entity has paid off anti-nuclear research groups. According to a report released by amaBhugane, Eskom has allegedly paid the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)…

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UCT must immediately unban artworks

The DA will today write to University of Cape Town Vice-Chancellor, Dr Max Price, and Chairperson of Council of the University of Cape Town (UCT), Dr Sipho Pityana, to request that the University immediately unban the 75 or so artworks that have been removed from public display or covered up in the past year. We…

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A new fight for freedom starts now

Note to editors: The following remarks were delivered by the Democratic Alliance Leader, Mmusi Maimane, at the Freedom Movement Rally at the Caledonian Stadium in Tshwane today. My fellow South Africans, It gives me great pleasure to call you that: my fellow South Africans. Because that is what we are today. Yes, we come from…

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SAA strike is merely a symptom of a deeper crisis

We welcome the court interdict putting an end to the strike by cabin crew employed at South African Airways. However, today’s strike, which has caused the cancellation of 32 flights, and has left thousands of passengers stranded at airports throughout the country, is a symptom of a much deeper crisis at South African Airways. The…

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Instead of building homes, DHS wastes almost R5 million on workshops

The Department of Human Settlements (DHS) has admitted, in a written reply to a DA parliamentary question, that the department and its 7 entities needlessly spent over R4.8 million on workshops and conferences between 2014 and 2016. The DHS was the biggest spender and splurged over R1.8 million in this period. The DA is not…

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Eskom Must Halt All Work on the Nuclear Deal Immediately

The Court ruling today by the Western Cape High Court is a victory for all South Africans. The Court’s findings have greatly narrowed government’s ability to legitimately procure additional nuclear capacity. The DA will now work to ensure that Eskom halts all work on the nuclear procurement process and will seek to guarantee that no…

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James Aguma must be suspended for driving the SABC into the ground

The Acting Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) of the SABC, James Aguma, must be suspended for overseeing the plunder of the public broadcaster’s cash reserves, pending the conclusion of a forensic investigation.  The DA will write to the chairperson of the SABC Interim Board, Khanyisile Kweyama, requesting the immediate suspension of the Acting GCEO, pending a…

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