DA call for swift action following Endumeni arson attack

Today, during a meeting of the KZN COGTA portfolio committee, the DA called for a speedy resolution to the ongoing crisis in Endumeni after the acting municipal managers office was petrol bombed last night. The DA strongly condemns this act of arson. After nineteen years of democracy this is not the way politics in our […]

DA query KZN DOH’s R2.4 million smoking room

The Democratic Alliance has today submitted a parliamentary question to KZN’s Health MEC, asking why the department spent up to R2.4 million on upgrading a smoking room at its Natalia Head Office building in Pietermaritzburg. The information is contained in the Infrastructure projects report submitted to members of the Health Portfolio Committee on 18 April […]

Radical overhaul needed for KZN’s teacher bursary system

Despite the fact that there are presently some 14 000 unqualified teachers employed by KwaZulu-Natal’s education department – and that some 4 500 new teachers are required each year due to death and retirement – 284 out of 1 903 newly qualified teachers who applied for jobs at the start of the current academic year remain […]

Addington radiotherapy scandal: DA call for urgent site visit

The Democratic Alliance calls for an urgent site visit by the province’s health portfolio committee to Addington Hospital following reports that hundreds of critically ill cancer patients are being turned away while a departmental investigation into a supposedly flawed tender process drags on. The KZN health department is alleged to have failed to pay a […]

Concourt ruling set to further jeopardise KZN learners

A concourt ruling, ordering the KwaZulu-Natal education department to pay millions in subsidies to 119 low and middle fee independent schools in the province, is set to further jeopardise the standard of education offered to learners in the region. Over the last few years, both the department’s HOD and CFO have sent out warning signals […]

KZN multi-party visits reveal anger, frustration and desperation within communities

Democratic Alliance – multi party oversight visit – report back to the KZN Legislature by George Mari, MPP - DA KZN Spokesperson on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) Thank you Honourable Chair and staff for a very precise report that captures the rage, frustration, desperation and massive challenges facing the KZN communities that have not seen […]

KZN municipalities – 2014 clean audits a distant pipe dream

Democratic Alliance – Debate on the KZN Municipal Budget Performance (Second quarter review)  - George Mari, MPP, DA KZN Spokesperson on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) Let  me start by thanking the MEC for her Report for the second quarter although the figures are out dated and do not give an indication of the latest situation. […]

DA KZN Legislature: ANC’s racist ranting leads to DA walk-out

The full Democratic Alliance caucus in the KwaZulu-Natal legislature walked out of day two of a parliamentary sitting in Wentworth earlier today following racist attacks bordering on inciting political intolerance by ANC members of the provincial parliament.  The DA’s departure was followed closely by that of the IFP.

KZN ANC’s schizophrenic approach to solving SADTU defiance

This week provided clear evidence that the current go-slow campaign by Sadtu in KwaZulu-Natal has gone well beyond the defined terms of “work to rule” which requires employees to carry out all the duties within the employment contract and refrain from doing any extra work. This was apparent following a report by KZN’s Education HOD […]

Sani Pass “golden highway” not a priority

Last week’s visit, by the National Council of Provinces (NCOP,) to KwaZulu-Natal highlighted provincial government’s intention to spend in excess of R1 billion on fixing the Sani Pass Road. Given that some R285million has already been spent redoing the first 14 km, the figure is not that far-fetched. Another area of concern witnessed by the […]