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ANC disgracefully undemocratic in Metro councils today

A coordinated campaign today from the ANC in the council meetings of Nelson Mandela Bay, Johannesburg and Tshwane, to disrupt the business of the day, has undermined democracy and exposed the ANC’s true colours as a party of lawlessness. The ANC cannot accept its electoral defeat at the hands of the DA in the major…

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State Capture: DA will not tolerate Zuma’s latest delay tactic

A letter will be written to the Deputy Judge President of the North Gauteng High Court to state that we oppose President Jacob Zuma’s new attempt to further delay the release of the ‘Final Report’ into State Capture. This new attempt to undermine the Office of the Public Protector comes after President Zuma previously approached…

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Zuma hides how much taxmoney has been spent on his Nkandla legal fees

The Presidency has flatly refused to tell the people of South Africa how much money government has spent on President Zuma’s legal fees in relation to the litigation following the infamous upgrades at President Zuma’s private residence at Nkandla. In a flippant and evasive response to a written question, the Presidency referred us to the Presidency’s final…

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DA to challenge pushing through of Public Enterprises Department’s budget report

The DA will challenge the pushing through of the Department of Public Enterprise’s (DPE) Budget Review and Recommendations Report (BRRR) by the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises, Ms Letsatsi-Duba who has prematurely approved the report without consulting members of the committee. Furthermore the department’s report should have never been approved whilst Alexkor,…

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Motion of no confidence: Mbete fiddles while SA burns

A week ago, DA Leader, Mmusi Maimane, wrote to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete, stating the DA’s intention to table a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma, in terms of Section 102 of the Constitution and Rule 129 of the National Assembly. Today, during the National Assembly Programme Committee I…

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Higher Education budget: another stop-gap measure

Just as was the case a year ago, the Minister of Finance has put forward a short-term financial solution to the fees crisis in Universities. In effect he has added NEW funding of R1.45bn to the 2016 budget and R5bn to the 2017 allocation. Of this R2.6bn goes to cover the so called “no fee…

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MTBPS 2016 a blow for the 8.9 million unemployed in SA

The Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, committed to moving the economy in the direction of hope, confidence and a better future for all during his budget speech on 24 February 2016 in Parliament. However, it is disappointing that despite “calling for decisive action” the minister did not announce any concrete progress on providing policy certainty…

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The money for universities is there, if you’re willing to look

Note to Editors: The following remarks were delivered by the DA Leader outside the Parliamentary Precinct during a DA march under the banner of #FundOurUniversities. The Leader was joined by DA Federal and DASO Leadership. My fellow South Africans Watching our campuses burn has been one of the hardest things we’ve had to deal with…

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