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We are committed to #DefeatDayZero

Cape Town currently faces an exceptional situation. It is a scientific fact that we are experiencing the worst drought ever recorded. Let’s ensure that each of us – our families, friends and fellow citizens – unite together to defeat Day Zero. We can. And we must. Visit DefeatDayZero.co.za to get answers to the most frequently…

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NPA must withdraw appeal to the Constitutional Court

The DA notes remarks in the media attributed to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) regarding charges to be laid imminently against former President Jacob Zuma. Zuma faces 783 counts of corruption, fraud, racketeering and money-laundering and the NPA is reportedly lining up 200 witnesses to testify against him. The DA cautiously welcomes this news. The process…

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Renewal requires a leaner, capable Cabinet

I congratulate President Ramaphosa on his commitment to a smaller and more capable Executive. I welcome reports that the President has heeded our calls for a smaller, less wasteful Cabinet. We believe it is entirely possible for the Executive to function even more effectively with a Cabinet of around 15 Ministers. Now is also the time…

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Parliament must remove the Public Protector for incompetence and misconduct

The DA has written to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete MP, requesting that she expedite the process to remove the Public Protector, Adv. Busisiwe Mkhwebane in terms of Section 194 of the Constitution which states that the Public Protector may be removed from office on: (a)   the ground of misconduct, incapacity or incompetence; (b)  …

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SONA 2018 presents hope, but no urgent plan for change

There were great expectations for tonight’s maiden State of the Nation Address (SONA) by President Cyril Ramaphosa. The President set out a vision of unity for the country that all South Africans warmly welcome. We pledge our support in building one nation, with one future, which is in the interests of all South African. Beyond…

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BOKAMOSO | Time for celebration but not complacency

Today is a day to come together as a nation and celebrate. Just two months ago, our country teetered on the edge of a treacherous cliff. We faced the chilling prospect of losing our hard-won constitutional democracy to a band of self-serving crooks who were willing to destroy so much for so many, to gain…

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Koko’s resignation does not absolve him from wrongdoing

The DA welcomes the news today that former Eskom CEO, Matshela Koko, has finally submitted his long overdue resignation letter to Eskom this morning. This comes after a series of embarrassing and corrupt events at the entity caused by actions seemingly taken by Koko.  These include: The Tegeta-Optimum prepayment scandal, which he denied in Parliament;…

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