Safety MEC’s departure should come as a relief to people of KZN

The expected redeployment of Willies Mchunu — the current Community Safety and Transport MEC in KZN — should come as a relief to the people of KwaZulu-Natal. Media reports today indicate that Mchunu may be deployed to national as President Jacob Zuma’s advisor on safety and security matters. The DA welcomes the MEC’s departure.  He […]

KZN Childline crisis: DA appeal to Social Development MEC to intervene

The DA will today write to KwaZulu-Natal Social Development MEC, Weziwe Thusi, requesting that she intervene following an announcement that the province’s Childline service will close its doors at the end of next month due to a funding crisis. The DA is extremely distressed by this news.

KZN education must show its mettle and push for marker competency tests

The Democratic Alliance calls on KZN education authorities to show their mettle and exert pressure on their national counterparts not to give in to trade union demands and settle for second best when it comes to competency tests for matric markers. The on-going saga around testing has placed in sharp profile the fault lines between […]

Making Public Participation Real

Members of the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature met recently with a visiting delegation of MPLs and officials from Mpumalanga.  Our provincial legislature has prided itself on its public participation model, but interacting with our colleagues from Mpumalanga indicated that there are different and better ways of achieving much more meaningful public participation.

Putting our money where our mouth is

A recent newspaper article, The Textbook Timebomb, reveals the huge discrepancy between the money required to provide textbooks to all learners – so that they can adequately meet the demands of the new CAPS curriculum – and the less than half which is allocated.  In the case of KwaZulu-Natal, some R900million more is needed in […]

Acting Premier must insist that KZN arts and culture funding debacle is fixed

The Democratic Alliance has today written to acting KZN Premier, Senzo Mchunu, over the KZN Arts and Culture department’s failure to honour its mandate and ensure the fair allocation of funds earmarked for arts and culture organisations in the province. This, after the department and the KZN Arts Council failed to allocate a single cent […]

KZN hospitals no longer critical

A KwaZulu-Natal parliamentary oversight visit to two of Durban’s major hospitals, Addington and RK Khan, has revealed that despite ongoing challenges management are working hard to ensure the proper functioning of both facilities. The visit was conducted on Friday last week by the province’s health portfolio committee.  According to hospital reports, Addington and RK Khan […]

DA demand executive statement as KZN shuts down specialist drug units

The Democratic Alliance calls on KwaZulu-Natal Community Safety MEC, Willies Mchunu, to present an executive statement to members of the provincial legislature in which we expect him to outline the reasons for the closure of successful specialist drug and tracking teams in the province and explain how his department will fight the war against crime […]

DA: No endorsement for new KZN Premier

The Democratic Alliance welcomes today’s announcement that KZN Premier, Zweli Mkhize, has resigned as leader of the province. KwaZulu-Natal needs a full-time premier.  The DA has consistently made this point since Dr Mkhize was appointed as ANC Treasurer-General.   We welcome that he has at last heeded our call. Today’s swearing in of KZN Education MEC, […]

SAPS to the rescue

While the recent national agreement between the Department of Education and national police force as “part of a range of efforts aimed at eradicating school-based crime” is a welcome initiative, it should not send the signal that school governance can now abdicate its responsibility in creating an ordered campus and a disciplined learner body. Too […]