Relief as Julius Malema is ‘Al Caponed’

NEWS that Julius Malema has been “Al Caponed”, due to tax evasion, must surely bring a sense of relief to many South Africans. Faith in our country’s politically tainted systems has shrunk substantially over the years and it is a breath of fresh air to see that at least some structures are still independent.

Sadtu attempt to shift the blame

AN attempt by Sadtu, to shift the blame for poor leadership from principals to ward and circuit managers, again reveals the union’s stubborn stance when it comes to acknowledging the disruptive effect that teacher unions, and particularly Sadtu, are having on the day-to-day administration of schools.

DA to push for greater funding for beefed up police watchdog

The Democratic Alliance (DA) will be pushing for greater funding for the newly created Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) when the Police Portfolio Committee deliberates on its budget on 17 April. While the IPID has significantly improved on its predecessor, the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD), it has similar constraints in terms of insufficient funding to […]

President Zuma must answer questions on erasing NPA boss’s husband’s criminal record

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has learnt with concern that the husband of Acting National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Nomgcobo Jiba had his criminal record for stealing a client’s money from his trust fund erased by Presidential pardon in September 2010. We are asked to accept, according to Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj, that the expungement […]

Easter and passover message from Sizwe Mchunu

ON behalf of the Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal, I would like to wish Christian residents of our beautiful province a happy Easter and those of the Jewish faith a blessed Passover. As we celebrate two of the most sacred days on the religious calendar let this be a time of remembering what is truly important […]

Easter and Passover message from Helen Zille

On behalf of the Democratic Alliance (DA), I would like to wish all South Africans of the Christian faith a happy Easter weekend and all South Africans of the Jewish faith a blessed Passover. Easter is a time for celebration and remembrance as Christians reflect on their faith, forgiveness and love for one another. Good […]

Government must bring down fuel price

The Democratic Alliance (DA) welcomes the Department of Energy’s call for a review of the fuel pricing mechanism used by the Central Energy Fund (CEF). Government needs to take bold steps to bring down the fuel price, which is damaging our prospects for growth and job creation.

ANC’s defence of Secrecy Bill propaganda campaign shows ulterior motives

ANC Chief Whip, Mathale Motshekga’s support for the Department of State Security’s propaganda campaign today shows a blatant misunderstanding of the role of Parliament and the separation of powers. It also gives us an insight into the real purpose of the advertising campaign in the first place: to conjure up support for a bill which […]

SASSA shifts the blame to beneficiaries

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) seems to be blaming pensioners, parents and caregivers for the recent mayhem in the pay-out of social grants. Both the Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini and SASSA CEO Virginia Petersen have repeatedly given assurances that the re-registration of beneficiaries necessitated by the changeover to the Cash Paymaster […]

Transfer of Kennedy Road informal settlement residents must be prioritised

THE Democratic Alliance calls on KZN Local Government MEC, Nomusa Dube and KZN Human Settlement MEC, Ravi Pillay, to give immediate and urgent consideration to the establishment of a temporary transit camp at the Cornubia housing project to assist Kennedy Road families who lost their homes in last night’s blaze.