KZN Health MEC must ‘name and shame’ medical waste culprits

The DA in KwaZulu-Natal expects Health MEC, Sibongiseni Dhlomo to ensure that the origin of medical waste illegally dumped at the Wildland’s Conservation Trust (WCT) recycling bins in Hilton is traced and the culprit prosecuted. This, after staff found syringes, needles and ampoules thrown away with normal waste on Thursday last week. The DA expects […]

KZN education: MEC undermining political accountability

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Failure to implement a plan to introduce the teaching of indigenous languages at primary school level in KwaZulu-Natal is the direct result of a death of political oversight within the education department. According to a media report today, plans have failed to take off as a result of a lack of consultation by the department […]

eThekwini gives R260 million to 10 unlisted companies

   I have formally requested an investigation as to how it came to be that the eThekwini Municipality paid out R260 million to 10 companies as part of the city’s rehabilitation housing stock contract when those businesses are not in good standing with the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB). I made this discovery at a finance […]

Pmb public “hoodwinked” by interchange opening

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Msunduzi DA EXCO Councillor Mergan K Chetty has accused the Department of Transport of “hoodwinking” the Pietermaritzburg public and misusing Saturday’s official opening of the R442 million Chota Motala N3 interchange to “electioneer” for the ANC. Chetty said that the project was originally initiated by him as representative of the community in the Northern Areas […]

KZN’s sick teachers: MEC must explain

The Democratic Alliance has called for answers from KZN’s Education MEC, Peggy Nkonyeni following media reports of the abuse of sick leave over long periods by educators in the province. According to one report, a teacher has consistently refused to come to school because she has a “sore throat”.  That her excuse has been accepted […]

How seriously is the KwaZulu-Natal Transport Department (DOT) taking its mandate ?

Just how seriously the KwaZulu-Natal Transport Department (DOT) is taking its mandate – to ensure that all passenger vehicles, in particular buses entering the province, are roadworthy – is once again up for question. This after passengers travelling from Durban to Johannesburg on SA Roadlink were left stranded last week when their first bus broke […]

RTI Commission must probe allegations against KZN DOT

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The Democratic Alliance calls on leaders of the KZN RTI Commission of Inquiry to urgently probe the allegation that documents submitted as part of the investigation were falsified by KZN’s transport department itself. The claim, made by a former official within the department, is extremely serious and undermines the credibility of the entire R14-million Commission. […]

Reply reveals KZN is a drug smugglers’ haven


The Democratic Alliance will push for the urgent reinstatement of KZN’s specialist anti-drug units following a parliamentary reply which confirms that drugs to the value of R19 million were seized being smuggled into the province between April 2012 and April 2013. The November 2013 response by provincial Community Safety MEC, Willies Mchunu, further reveals that […]

We won’t hold our breath for Agric Audit

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The DA will not be holding its breath for the release of a financial audit into alleged ongoing and wide-scale looting and destruction of state resources by officials within the KZN Department of Agriculture. Earlier this week MEC, Meshack Radebe announced that he planned to reveal the outcome of the probe soon – perhaps even […]

DA condemns poor policing in Glenwood during registration weekend

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Today I witnessed a violent altercation outside the Baxter Park temporary voting station in Glenwood. Two men – one armed with a large knife and the other a broken bottle – accosted each other after throwing glass bottles between themselves merely five metres from the open voting tent. I have been asking Umbilo SAPS for […]