SOPA 2013: KZN Premier must deal with leadership crisis

The Democratic Alliance calls on KZN Premier, Zweli Mkhize, to address the leadership crisis within the provincial government in his State of the Province address (SOPA) later this week. As the DA, we believe that KwaZulu-Natal is a province bursting with opportunity. Yet, there are several glaring opportunities that the provincial government has not capitalised on. […]

ANC must explain why KZN Municipal Managers have been called to party lekgotla

The Democratic Alliance calls on the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal to establish a clear line between state and party interests following reports that all municipal district managers, including those from the eThekwini metro, have been called away from their desks to attend a three-day party lekgotla in Durban. The move is further evidence that the ANC is […]

750 newly qualified KZN teachers without jobs despite drastic shortage of skilled educators

Despite the current crisis over skilled educators in KwaZulu-Natal, almost half of the teachers that graduated during 2012 are yet to be placed at schools in the province. The information is the result of a string of complaints received by the DA, from recently qualified teachers, over the contradictory articles in the press when it comes […]

KZN Premier has the power to establish Commission of Enquiry into RTI candidate deaths

Despite his claims to the contrary, KZN Premier, Zweli Mkhize has the authority to appoint a commission of enquiry into the deaths of seven RTI candidate officers in December and does not need permission from national authorities. While the Premier must notify national government of his intentions, he certainly does not need anyone’s consent. In fact, […]

Former KZN civil servants still owe province millions

A parliamentary reply to the Democratic Alliance, by KZN Premier, Zweli Mkhize’s office, has revealed that former provincial government employees still owe the province a staggering R58 million after being overpaid by mistake to the tune of R77 million. The figure refers to staff that were paid despite having resigned during the period 1 April […]

No party for KZN municipalities this year after just one clean audit from A-G

The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal’s goal of achieving clean audits across all 61 municipalities during 2011/12 has been left in tatters after a damning report by the Auditor-General (A-G) revealed that only one municipality has received a clean audit. The findings are proof that ANC councillors are betraying not only their own party’s commitments, but their […]

KZN Health MEC must shift focus to management issues

KZN Health MEC, Sibongiseni Dhlomo, must steer his department towards being a results driven entity and ensure that the strategic objectives of the department are spelt out clearly to senior management and the broader staff complement. Recent strike action by EMRS and mortuary workers, a lack of leadership at Addington hospital, linen shortages and a […]

KZN Health MEC must shift focus to management issues

KZN Health MEC, Sibongiseni Dhlomo, must steer his department towards being a results driven entity and ensure that the strategic objectives of the department are spelt out clearly to senior management and the broader staff complement. Recent strike action by EMRS and mortuary workers, a lack of leadership at Addington hospital, linen shortages and a […]

Radical leadership transformation plan will not extend to all KZN schools

The Democratic Alliance has received an assurance from KZN Education MEC, Senzo Mchunu that a departmental plan aimed at urgently and radically transforming leadership in under-performing schools will not target those schools managed by competent principals and effective school governing bodies (SGB’s). The assertion comes after the DA raised the concerns of SGB members. This […]

Polela poaching incident requires thorough investigation

The Democratic Alliance calls for a thorough investigation into an incident in which suspended Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela, is alleged to have shot a protected antelope during an illegal night hunt in the province. The hunt took place in Himeville on Thursday night last week, with Polela believed to have shot and killed a Reedbuck […]