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Shock report on patient deaths

I am concerned by the report today that as many as 80 psychiatric patients may have died in Gauteng last year after the Gauteng Health Department cancelled its contract with Life Healthcare Esidimeni which was caring for about 2000 patients. This is way higher than the 39 deaths that have  previously been reported. It is…

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IPID must investigate Hawks’ failure to probe Mahlobo’s links to rhino poacher

The DA was dismayed to learn this week that the Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation (the Hawks) has failed to launch an investigation into the relationship between the Minister of State Security, Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation, and self-confessed criminal, Guan Jiang Guang. We will now report this inexplicable failure to act to the Independent…

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Phahlane & IPID should be brought before Parliament for questioning

The DA will write to the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Police, Francois Beukman, to request that Acting National Police Commissioner, Khomotso Phahlane be brought before the committee for questioning, following the Independent Police Investigative Directorate’s (IPID) raid of his home. The DA will also request that IPID be summoned before the committee to brief…

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Minister Dlamini must attend SASSA briefing in Parliament next week

The DA welcomes the decision by the Portfolio Committee on Social Development to place SASSA’s new social assistance payment tender on the agenda next week, Wednesday, 25 January 2017. This follows the DA’s numerous requests to have Parliament scrutinise the mounting evidence that SASSA is not ready to take-over the distribution of 17 million grants…

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DA demands full briefing by Eskom on electricity crisis

The DA demands that power utility Eskom urgently clarify its plan to recoup the R10.2 billion debt it is owed after Public Enterprises Minister, Lynne Brown, secured a temporary reprieve for defaulting municipalities. The DA is deeply concerned that millions of people across South Africa will be left without the electricity needed for important services,…

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DIRCO Committee Chair abusing Parliamentary resources to attack DA

It is an absolute disgrace that the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Siphosezwe Masango, is seeking to abuse parliamentary processes by manipulating the public participation process on the Foreign Services Bill, merely to attack DA public representatives who have travelled abroad. Mr Masango is abusing his position as the…

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Meeting on electricity crisis cancelled by ANC warped priorities

A vital briefing by Eskom on the electricity cuts to certain municipalities to the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises together with the Select Committee on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, to be held on 26 January 2017, has been cancelled as ANC members would rather attend a Lekgotla. The electricity cuts to municipalities, which are…

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DA to probe corruption at TVET colleges

The Democratic Alliance will be submitting written questions to the Minister of Police, Nkosinathi Nhleko, to ask whether the South African Police Service (SAPS) is currently investigating any cases of corruption at Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges across the country. If any investigations are underway, the DA will request that the Minister…

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Gambia crisis: South Africa’s silence condemnable

The DA calls on the South African government to break its silence on the escalating crisis in the Gambia, and issue a strong statement against the dictatorial conduct of Mr Jammeh. The Department of International Relation and Cooperation’s last statement on the crisis was released on 12 January 2017. More than a week later, with…

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