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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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DA to ensure SABC Ad Hoc Committee recommendations are implemented

The DA welcomes the adoption of the final report of the Ad Hoc Committee on the SABC Board Inquiry today. The DA commends the work done by the committee but it is unfortunate that the SABC had to deteriorate to such an extent before something was done to rectify the political interference by the Minister…

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DA lays criminal charges for government-aided Al-Bashir escape

Note to Editors: The following remarks were made by DA Leader, Mmusi Maimane, outside the Cape Town Central Police Station today. The Leader laid criminal charges against several members of Cabinet, the SAPS, Hawks, the NPA and senior government officials for their unconstitutional actions in allowing warlord, Omar al-Bashir, to flee the country.    Today the Democratic…

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DA condemns xenophobic violence, calls for calm

The Democratic Alliance strongly condemns the recent surge in xenophobic violence in Gauteng. Xenophobic violence has no place in our democratic society and the DA reiterates our call for calm. While the constitutional right to protest must be protected, the anti-foreigner march taking place today and the sentiment it expresses is deeply concerning. The DA…

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BOKAMOSO | ICC: South Africans must insist on membership

Now is the time for South Africans to stand together and make a clear, collective call for continued membership of the International Criminal Court. Membership signals a country’s commitment to human rights and protects citizens from leaders who become enemies of their people. South Africa’s membership currently hangs in the balance. We must seize the…

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