Almost 200 000 KZN orphans – yet Department frustrating efforts to register Children’s Home

DESPITE KwaZulu-Natal topping the national statistics for double orphans, children without both parents – at 187 225 – the province’s Department of Social Development continues to block the registration of already functioning Children’s Homes. The shock figure, which forms part of 2009/2010 annual surveys for ordinary schools places the Eastern Cape a distant second with […]

DA demands records of NPA decision on charges against KZN politicians

THE Democratic Alliance has written to Acting Director of Public Prosecutions in KwaZulu-Natal, Moipone Noko, demanding that the record of decision to drop charges against high-profile politicians be made available to us. It is highly suspicious that the state no longer plans to charge Speaker Peggy Nkonyeni, Economic Development and Tourism (ECOD) MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu […]

Dark day for KZN as charges withdrawn against senior ANC politicians

THE announcement that charges have been withdrawn against KZN Speaker, Peggy Nkonyeni and her co-accused in the Intaka racketeering and corruption trial, KZN Economic Development MEC, Mike Mabuyakhulu heralds a dark day for this province. The DA is extremely disappointed by the decision, which we believe is a further indication of the extremes that the […]

Premier must clarify whether blow to Youth Wage Subsidy will apply in KZN

THE Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal calls on KZN Premier, Zweli Mkhize, to clarify whether his commitment to implementing the Youth Wage Subsidy in the province still stands following comments by Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel, which ruled out imposing a youth wage subsidy in the foreseeable future.

KZN Education officials playing judge and jury

The Democratic Alliance regards a decision by the KwaZulu-Natal education department not to criminally prosecute almost 100 bogus teachers in the province with fake qualifications as morally indefensible. According to a media report, the fraudulent teachers, who have since been dismissed, will not face criminal prosecution but have been struck from the teachers’ roll and […]

Leading by example

EVERY four years, despite the great efforts of our few star athletes, particularly in swimming, we are reminded how poor our sports programmes are in South Africa in being unable to unearth and develop our nation’s sporting talent. Perhaps we need to concede that the Olympics is a first world event and although there might […]

Province’s multi-party peacekeeping committee must be brought in following KZN massacre

EFFORTS to restore calm within the Sundumbili community near Mandeni, following a horrific massacre at the weekend that left five people dead and 17 injured, must include the province’s multi-party peace-keeping committee.  The massacre, the result of an ongoing feud between two clans, has led to local residents fleeing the rural area. The safety of these […]

This election was a One-Horse Race: DA Blue Tsunami

The Democratic Alliance increased its share of the vote from 57.3% in 2011 to 72.8% in the Abaqulusi Ward 9 election held yesterday. It increased its majority from 749 votes in 2011 to 833, notwithstanding a much lower poll of 43.2% in this by-election as opposed to the 57.06% poll in the general election of […]