Province still not reaching municipal audit targets

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While the DA in KwaZulu-Natal welcomes the marginal improvement in municipal audit outcomes for the province, the figures fall way short of the “2014 clean audit” promised by the provincial government some nine years ago. The latest outcomes, announced yesterday by Auditor-General, Kimi Makwetu, sees KZN with just seven clean audits out of 61 municipalities.  […]

DA writes to Human Rights Commission to investigate King Edward VIII Hospital tragedy

The Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal has written to the South African Human Rights’ Commission requesting an urgent investigation into the death of a man at King Edward VIII Hospital after he was allegedly denied emergency medical treatment. On 8 June 2014, Mr Ronald Reece was made to wait 45 minutes before receiving medical care at […]

The DA welcomes the long overdue handing over of Oribi Village

The Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal welcomes the long overdue handing over of Oribi Village to the Msunduzi Municipality. This move should have taken place ages ago.  Yet the province’s Human Settlements department chose to hang onto the development- for no clear reason. This was despite Msunduzi’s willingness to upgrade the village and the growing level of […]

Midmar pollution crisis was a disaster waiting to happen

The DA will demand an immediate action plan aimed at addressing the sanitation needs of communities living near Midmar Dam in KZN following a media report which confirms that this vital water source is under threat of massive contamination as raw sewage runs into it from the nearby Mpophomeni settlement. According to the report the […]

More children die in KZN hospitals

A Parliamentary reply to the DA in KZN has revealed that the mortality rate for children under five years of age increased by a staggering 19% between 2012 and 2013. The reply confirms that there were 4 280 deaths in 2013.  This is 682 more than in 2012. Extremely worrying is that projected child deaths for […]

DA demand KZN matric marker competency tests following shock maths teacher results

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The DA will demand that all KZN matric markers are tested in their relevant subject areas after a recent study revealed that a sample group of 253 matric maths teachers in the province achieved an average mark of just 57% when given a past maths paper to complete. The study, authored by UKZN and DUT academics, […]

DA demand full enquiry into KZN learner’s death allegedly at hands of teacher

The Democratic Alliance has called for an urgent enquiry by KZN’s education department into the death of an 8 year old boy, allegedly at the hands of his teacher, after he was punched in the sternum. The incident took place at Mnamatha Primary School in the Pinetown area towards the end of March.  The child, […]

DA KZN join Abahlali base Mjondolo in welcoming housing database

The Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal joins shack dwellers’ movement, Abahlali base Mjondolo in welcoming yesterday’s announcement by Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu that an accurate and transparent allocation list is to be created to deal with the country’s massive housing backlog. The move is aimed at identifying those who still require free housing after 20 […]

What is MEC Nkonyeni doing about KZN’s unpaid teachers?

Concerns raised by the DA over a wide-spread problem of unpaid teachers in KZN have been vindicated with a media report confirming that around 200 educators from Eshowe remain unpaid for as long as six months following an administration bungle by the provincial Education department. On 27 June I wrote to KZN Education MEC, Peggy […]

MEC must investigate effectiveness of Mtubatuba administrator

The DA will call on KZN COGTA MEC, Nomusa Dube-Ncube to urgently investigate the effectiveness of an administrator appointed to turn around the Mtubatuba municipality. The move follows allegations that there has been little to no progress since province intervened three years ago with media reports now confirming that a section of the community in […]