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Denel in hot water with Treasury

Treasury has allegedly issued legal letters to Denel, demanding that it scrap the much maligned joint venture between Denel Asia and Gupta-linked VR Lazer Asia. According to reports, Treasury is ready to go to court to stop this deal. The DA welcomes this positive move by Treasury to bring this venture to a close and…

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Pravin Gordhan has fired the political equivalent of a bazooka at Brian Molefe

We welcome the fact that the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, has taken the fight to Brian Molefe, Group Chief Executive of Eskom, accusing him of failing to cooperate and undermining a review of coal contracts, concluded between Eskom and Tegeta Exploration & Resources, that is being conducted by National Treasury. Today, the Minister fired…

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Outdated Gauteng school policies need to be reviewed by SGBs

The latest revelations regarding ‘hair policy’ at Pretoria Girls High School have brought to attention some school policies which are both divisive and discriminatory. Policies that unfairly discriminate against people are unconstitutional and do not have a place in our democratic dispensation. The DA therefore welcomes Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi’s commitment to launch an investigation….

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SAA’s advert for R16 billion funding demands emergency parliamentary meeting

South African Airways’ (SAA) advert for a tender of R16 billion in yesterday’s newspaper reinforces the urgent need for Parliament to intervene and to have an emergency meeting with SAA. I have therefore written to the Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Finance, Yunus Carrim, to reconsider my original request for an emergency meeting with SAA on Wednesday…

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‘Jobs for Cash’: SADTU must still account to Parliament

The DA has today written to the Chairperson of the Basic Education Portfolio Committee, Ms. Nomalungelo Gina, requesting that the SADTU leadership be called to appear before the committee to account for its role in the ‘Jobs for Cash’ scandal. In a letter received from Ms. Gina on 23 May, she agreed that it was necessary for…

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DA requests progress report from Public Protector on Gupta investigation

Following this weekend’s revelation that the notorious Gupta family has decided to sell all of their business interests in South Africa, I have today written to the Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, requesting a progress report on her ongoing investigation into state capture in South Africa. I called for this investigation in March this year, following…

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The Guptas are like rats abandoning a sinking ship in South Africa

We welcome the news that the Gupta family will exit their shareholding in all their businesses in South Africa. However, for the Gupta family to suggest that their decision was taken to advance the interest of the country is plain dishonest. The fact is that the members of the Gupta family, and the businesses controlled by them,…

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Prasa: alleged ANC corruption must be criminally investigated

The DA will be studying an affidavit filed by Prasa Chairperson, Popo Molefe, with the aim of laying criminal charges against those implicated in the latest allegations of corruption at the entity. It was reported today that this affidavit contained allegations that the ANC as well as Prasa officials were the beneficiaries of a bribe…

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