Uthukela Constituency to host DA Provincial Congress in Ladysmith

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For the first time the biannual DA Provincial Congress is to be held in Ladysmith on Saturday March 17, 2012. Usually these congresses are held in Pietermaritzburg or Durban, but it is now generally accepted that in the future they are to be held in different constituencies. According to Tom Stokes, Member of the Provincial […]

Leader of the DA in KZN condemns violence

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Sizwe Mchunu has condemned the recent political violence in uMlazi’s T-section in the strongest possible terms. “As a province we cannot afford to be dragged back to the dark days of political hostility that marked the mid 1980’s.  The DA urges residents of this community to exercise calm and tolerance. KwaZulu-Natal is unique in its […]

Health

Health Care in an Open Opportunity Society for All The most effective model of health care delivery involves a partnership between the state and the private sector. The DA’s proposals require the state to: provide an overall regulatory framework which would create a transparent and competitive environment; deliver some services and fund health care for […]

Education

School governing body elections can fix education Helen Zille, Leader of the Democratic Alliance 27 February 2012 This week, the third largest public elections kick off at every school across the country. Over five million parents will have the opportunity, between 1 – 23 March, to vote for the School Governing Body (SGB) at their […]

Crime

Crime statistics: Covering up crime won’t make it go away The Democratic Alliance (DA) was disappointed by the Minister of Safety and Security, Nathi Mthethwa’s statement on an SABC 3 Interface debate that crime statistics should only be released every two years. This Minister had already gone back on his predecessor’s commitment to release crime […]

Street Naming Victory!

Councillor Dean Macpherson points to one of the new street name signs. The Supreme Court of Appeal ruled nine names had been change without proper procedure being followed.

The Democratic Alliance in eThekwini welcomed the judgement by the Supreme Court of Appeal on 30 November 2011 in relation to phase 1 of Democratic Alliance VS eThekwini Municipality case. The DA was never against street renaming but as noted in the judgement, it was against the process that led to the decisions taken on […]

Stop the Secrecy Bill

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The current Secrecy Bill violates the freedoms we won in 1994. A bill that criminalises the possession & disclosure of information that is in the public interest has no place in our democracy. It will be used to cover up corruption, unlawful behaviour & inefficiencies. It will enable the abuse of state power. We plan […]

DA KZN SPOKESPERSON ON CO-OPERATIVE GOVERNANCE

STATEMENT MY GEORGE MARI, MPP MUNICIPAL managers and Chief Financial officers (CFO’s) within the 47 KwaZulu-Natal municipalities fingered for contributing to the province’s massive R2 billion in irregular expenditure must be held accountable for not having submitted credible finance reports to the office of the Auditor-General. It is appalling that only five KZN municipalities managed […]

DA KZN ALTERNATE SPOKESPERSON ON HEALTH

STATEMENT BY MARK STEELE, MPP ONLY five out of fourteen major hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal are using proper methods to dispose of expired drugs, while a staggering 12 out of the 14 admit to mixing of waste. The damning statistics form the basis of a December 2011 parliamentary reply by KZN Health MEC, Sibongiseni Dhlomo to […]

DA KZN SPOKESPERSON ON CONSERVATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS

STATEMENT BY RADLEY KEYS, MPP KWAZULU-NATAL SCOPA and Conservation and Environment representatives were yesterday treated with utter contempt by senior officials from the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment who absented themselves from an oversight meeting. The meeting was the third attempt this year to meet and scrutinise the Department’s responses to queries raised by […]