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DA confident the Constitution will be upheld in ICC matter

The DA is confident that the North Gauteng High Court will come to the determination that Justice Minister, Mike Masutha, acting on behalf of the ANC government, made fatal errors in due process when he withdrew South Africa from the International Criminal Court (ICC). In so doing, we contend, that Minister Masutha acted inconsistently with…

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Government is underfunding higher education by R120 billion

The DA has received disturbing new information today detailing that the shortfall in  funding for Higher Education and Training over the next three years now sits at a startling R120 billion. This information was supplied to the Portfolio Committee on Higher Education this morning in response to my request after the Department of Higher Education…

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Minister Des van Rooyen must reveal truth behind Gupta connections

A reply to a DA parliamentary question has revealed that the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Des Van Rooyen, attempted to hide behind the sub judice rule to evade answering questions put to him about  his relationship with Eric Wood from Trillian Capital, a Gupta-affiliated company, and Ian Whitely. This is another…

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President is dragging his feet on report into Phiyega’s fitness to hold office

By refusing to prioritise the final report of the Claassen Board of Inquiry into fitness to hold office of suspended National Police Commissioner, Riah Phiyega, the President is contributing to instability in our police service and jeopardising prospects for more effective policing. Media reports indicate that the report was finalised on 13 November 2016 but,…

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Let’s honour Madiba’s legacy by upholding his values and principles

Today marks the 3rd anniversary of the passing of South Africa’s first democratically elected President and national icon, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. May we take time today, as a nation, to reflect on the values and principles that Madiba stood for, and which he sacrificed a large portion of his life for: principles of human dignity,…

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Will the ANC oppose R1.29 billion of wasteful expenditure today in Parliament?

The Standing Committee on Appropriations will have to decide how to deal with R1.29 billion of wasteful expenditure buried in the Adjustments Appropriation Bill [B16-2016] when it meets today in Parliament. The R1.29 billion worth of wasteful expenditure, to be dealt with by the Standing Committee on Appropriations today, includes: – two new Toyota Fortuners…

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Report into Phiyega’s fitness for office must be tabled in Parliament

The DA will write to the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Police, François Buekman, to urge that he request for the finalised report from the Claassen Inquiry into the fitness to hold office of the suspended National Police Commissioner, Riah Phiyega, to be tabled before Parliament. Reports today indicate that the final report has…

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PetroSA: Bonuses for failing SOE executives must be paid back

The DA calls for the R17.3 million in bonuses, paid by PetroSA to its top executives, to be paid back immediately and the legal opinion which informed this disastrous payment must be made public and tabled before Parliament. This is after it was revealed today that the state-owned entity paid eleven executives a total of…

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