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SCOPA summons SASSA to account for social grants crisis

The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) has summoned the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) to appear before the committee tomorrow, 28 February 2017, to account for the self-inflicted social grants crisis. The hearing will present yet another attempt to extract the truth over the bungled CPS contract that has placed payments to 17…

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Change in Thaba Nchu begins on 1 March 2017

Note to Editor: The following is a speech delivered by DA Leader, Mmusi Maimane MP, while campaigning today ahead of the bi-election in Thaba Nchu, Mangaung on 1 March 2017. My fellow South Africans Next Wednesday you will have the opportunity to elect a new councillor for this ward – Ward 39 in Mangaung. It’s a…

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DA saddened by the passing of Judge Essa Moosa

The DA is deeply saddened by the passing of Judge Essa Moosa earlier today. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time. Judge Moosa contributed greatly to our country in numerous ways. He was a human rights lawyer, who challenged apartheid violations such…

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University of Mpumalanga prevents DA MPs from exercising oversight

Today, security at the University of Mpumalanga were instructed to stop my colleague Ken Robertson MP and I from exercising our constitutional mandate as members of Parliament to conduct an oversight visit at the institution. We were forced to meet with some of the students at the gate after we were told by the security…

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True cost of SONA revealed: R11 million and counting

Replies to questions I submitted immediately following the State of the Nation Address (SONA) have revealed that the cost of the 2017 edition has reached an astonishing R11 million. On 2 February, Secretary to Parliament Gengezi Mgidlana told media that R4 million had been budgeted for the event. However, replies to written questions to the…

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President Zuma waits for courts to do his job for him

President Jacob Zuma’s decision to not suspend or institute an inquiry into the fitness of the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) Advocate Lawrence Mrwebi and Advocate Nomgcobo Jiba to hold office, is hardly surprising. This is a very transparent method of avoiding the core of the problem.  Both have behaved in a deplorable manner, bringing the…

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What action did President Jacob Zuma actually take to mediate at SARS?

President Jacob Zuma claimed nearly a year ago to have acted and put measures in place to deal with what he called the “difficulty in the relationship” between the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, and SARS Commissioner, Tom Moyane, and flatly denied there was a war at SARS. However, today’s extraordinary fight-back press conference by…

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