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The Gordhan witch-hunt is Zuma’s road to the Treasury’s keys

The Democratic Alliance (DA) welcomes this afternoon’s announcement by Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, indicating that he will not be presenting himself to the Hawks tomorrow – this despite being requested to do so by the Head of the Directorate of Priority Crimes Investigation, Major General Ntlemeza. This follows the latest development in a Zuma-mandated witch-hunt…

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Motsoaledi admits that NHI is unaffordable

Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, admitted today, during questions in the National Assembly, that there is no certainty that his ambitious plans for the National Health Insurance (NHI) will be financed. In so doing the Minister has effectively admitted that the government’s priority must be to introduce reforms to a badly managed health sector. The DA…

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Unapproved Denel-Gupta merger undermines Gordhan and violates PFMA

The announcement by Denel CFO that the merger with Gupta-linked VR Laser will continue is another case of the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, being undermined by President Zuma. This is detrimental to our economy and further entrenches Jacob Zuma’s cronyism at the highest echelons of government. This cannot be allowed to continue. Minister Gordhan…

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ANC-run Gauteng fails to spend R265 million for upgrading of Informal Settlements

The ANC-run Gauteng province has failed to spend a single cent from the R265 million allocated for the upgrading of Informal Settlements in the municipalities of Merafong, Westonaria and Randfontein in the current financial year. This emerged at the Human Settlements Portfolio Committee meeting yesterday, where the Department was tabling its fourth quarter report. The…

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SARS commissioner Tom Moyane was evasive about forensic investigation being conducted by SARS

The Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, may now be the subject of a second investigation reportedly being conducted by the South African Revenue Service (SARS). SARS have reportedly engaged Grant Thornton to conduct a forensic audit of all contracts, relating to the Modernisation and Technology Programme, concluded between 2007 and 2014. The forensic investigation is…

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PRASA: Confidential letter shows abuse of power by Minister Peters

The DA is in possession of a confidential letter exposing the Minister of Transport, Dipuo Peters’ gross abuse of power by flagrantly attempting to thwart and ultimately terminate an independent investigation being conducted by Werksmens into irregular tenders at the embattled rail agency- Prasa. Minister Peters states the following in the letter dated 12 August…

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Pravin Gordhan’s arrest would be a disaster for South Africa

Reports that the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, has been requested to report to the Hawks at 10h00 on Thursday 25 August 2016 is a major escalation in the “SARS Wars”. The fact that the Minister has reportedly been requested to appear before the Hawks suggests he may be informed about possible charges and may…

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ANC sides with Hlaudi again and reneges on commitment to inquiry

ANC Members in the Portfolio Committee on Communications today backtracked on their support of the DA proposed parliamentary inquiry into the SABC. I will therefore write to the Chair of the Portfolio Committee on Communications, Mr Thembinkosi Ngoma, and ask for written reasons as to why the parliamentary inquiry has effectively been abandoned by the…

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South Africa chose hope over fear

The following speech was delivered by the DA Leader in the National Assembly during a debate of national public importance on the 2016 Local Government Elections. First of all, let me thank the Chief Whip of the Majority Party for tabling this important motion for debate, in what must be a very difficult time for…

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DA demands answers to Zuma’s parastatal power grab

The DA will be submitting written parliamentary questions both to the Presidency and the Minister of Finance regarding the absurd Cabinet decision to place President Zuma in charge of overseeing all strategic decisions related to state owned entities. This is manifestly irrational for the simple reason that President Zuma has no mandate to directly oversee…

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