KZN SAPS ban: DA holds break-through meeting with Acting Commissioner

Democratic Alliance media statement by Zwakele Mncwango, MPL

DA KZN Leader

KZN SAPS ban: DA holds break-through meeting with Acting Commissioner

 

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has today held a breakthrough meeting with KZN SAPS Acting Commissioner, Lieutenant-General Mkhwanazi, following the recent alleged banning of public representatives, including Members of the Provincial Legislature (MPLs), from access to SAPS stations in the province.

Last month the Acting Commissioner issued a circular to all SAPS station and cluster commanders in which he stated that MPs and MPLs should not be allowed access and that parliamentary portfolios committees must first obtain permission from the Provincial Police Headquarters before inspections.

Following today’s meeting with the Acting Commissioner, the DA is able to announce the following resolutions:

-Political party structures are prohibited from conducting oversight visits at SAPS facilities.

-Members of the Provincial Legislature and Parliament can continue to conduct oversight visit as part of their Constitutional obligations. These are set out in Sections 55(2), 114(2) and 206(3) of the South African Constitution. These oversight inspections may be announced or unannounced and;

-The Acting Police Commissioner will ensure that all cluster and station commanders would be advised of this.

One of the Acting Commissioner’s biggest worries relates to security at SAPS stations. The DA understands this concern and it has been agreed that when MPs and MPLs conduct their oversight inspections they should present their Legislature IDs to the most senior person at the SAPS facilities.

In addition, the DA will engage with the Speaker’s Office to ensure that all public facilities are provided with a list of Members details. We will also request that the Speaker’s Office look at ways in which the current card system can be improved upon in order to prevent the use of fraudulent identification.

Today’s meeting is a landmark one. It shows what can be achieved through communication and teamwork. It is also a victory for the people of KZN who deserve to know how professional their police force is.

Most notable throughout this entire episode is KZN Community Safety MEC, Mxolisi Kaunda’s silence. This is representative of a failing ANC that does not believe in transparency.

The DA remains committed to fighting for a safer South Africa where people know they have the protection of an honest and professional police service.

DA welcomes firing of eThekwini Legal Head

Democratic Alliance media statement by Nicole Graham, CLLR

DA EThewkini Caucus Leader

 

DA welcomes firing of eThekwini Legal Head

 

The Democratic Alliance in eThekwini welcomes the dismissal of eThekwini Legal and Compliance head, Gideon Phungula.

Phungula was found guilty of racism, gross dishonesty and hate speech last week and was sanctioned on Friday. The ruling, in the possession of the DA, speaks extensively to Phungula not feeling answerable to the City Manager but rather to certain politicians. This has been a key concern of the DA. How could a legal head have been appointed for political gains, and by whom was this done?

The ruling also speaks to Phungula’s use of derogatory racial slurs against Krish Kumar and other Indian colleagues. The DA had reported this matter to the Human Rights Commission, and fervently rejects racism of any sort.

Phungula’s exit from the city cannot be the end of this matter. The Democratic Alliance has written to City Manager, Sipho Nzuza, demanding to know just how Phungula was employed.

Phungula’s own admissions show that senior administrative posts are being given to those doing the ANC’s dirty work and that politicians are clearly involved.

The DA believes that a full investigation needs to be conducted by the City Manager to clearly indicate which politicians were involved in hiring Phungula and for what purposes. They too must be taken to task for this. The DA believes that this ruling is an important step in unravelling the kleptocracy of the ANC’s Zandile Gumede in eThekwini, who Phungula repeatedly spoke of in his recordings.

The DA stands for accountability and performance. This municipality will not succeed until the right people and doing good work for the right reasons. For years, eThekwini’s Legal Unit has been in a complete state and has been costing ratepayers hundreds of millions.

We will closely monitor the appointment of a new head and continue fighting for real change that builds One South Africa for All.

#KZNHealthCrisis: MEC cannot run from the truth

Democratic Alliance media statement by Dr Imran Keeka, MPL

DA KZN Spokesperson on  Health

#KZNHealthCrisis: MEC cannot run from the truth

 

Today’s KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health (DoH) media briefing – designed to excuse the numerous and ongoing failures on the part of MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo and his Department – must be seen for the crisis management that it is.

The MEC has a poor track record when it comes to being upfront about healthcare in KZN, in particular when it comes to the ongoing Oncology crisis. However, there are some matters he simply cannot run away from.

Today the DA can reveal that;

  • Addington Hospital’s Dr Nokwanda Zuma – paraded earlier this year by the MEC as the saviour of KZN’s oncology crisis – has resigned effective from the end of November.  Dr Zumashould be free to choose her own future and pursue the dreams and opportunities she believes will allow for her development
  • Dr Omran El-Koha, an oncologist from Grey’s Hospital, has also resigned. To the best of our knowledge, he has already left South Africa to pursue his career abroad.  The DA wishes Dr Omran well.

The DA expresses its gratitude for the time both these doctors have dedicated to the service of the citizens of KZN. We wish them both well in their future endeavours.

This situation leaves the province in an even more precarious state when it comes to oncology services. Meanwhile, it is increasingly clear that National Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi’s recent comment – that the provinces oncology crisis is over –  is completely absurd. The DA strongly condemns his reckless haste. We regard this as a purely political move aimed at protecting the image of a failed ANC MEC – one who has violated the rights of patients to access oncology services.

Today, the DA expects MEC Dhlomo to ensure that he is not economical with the truth, particularly when the facts are there for all to see. In fact, the DA would go so far as to say that this MEC should no longer be trusted to provide any credible information because, like the apartheid government, his information is selectively distributed and every attempt is made to keep matters hidden instead of ensuring transparency and openness.

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) report into the province’s oncology crisis was a tool to remedy the situation, with firm directives on what needed to be done. The DA has always been of the view that any corrective process to turn KZN health around, must start with firing MEC Dhlomo.

The DA’s call to fire MEC Dhlomo is not a lone voice. It is one echoed by civil society and various organisations. The question is – what is Premier Willies Mchunu waiting for? More suffering and death? Minister Motsoaledi and his ANC leadership can no longer continue to protect this MEC.  Their complicity in the deaths of some 530 people must be punished at the ballot box next year.

The DA offers functional healthcare services where we govern. We also deliver clean governance, with the Western Cape the only provincial health department to consistently ensure clean audits.  We want to offer this to the people of KZN after next year’s election.

DA to call for Urgent Public Debate as Premier Mchunu fails to act against his CoGTA MEC

Democratic Alliance media statement by Zwakele Mncwango, MPL

DA KZN Premier Candidate

 

DA to call for Urgent Public Debate as Premier Mchunu fails to act against his CoGTA MEC

 

The Democratic Alliance will write to KZN Legislature Speaker, Lydia Johnson, to call for a Matter of Urgent Public Debate to be placed on the Order Paper at the next Sitting of the provincial parliament on 20 November.

The request, in terms of Rule 103 comes after KZN Premier, Willies Mchunu’s ongoing failure to appropriately respond to serious claims of corruption within the Nkandla and Mthonjaneni municipalities, allegedly involving KZN’s CoGTA MEC, Nomusa Ncube, and her businessman husband, Sibusiso Ncube.

On 4 June the DA provided the Premier with a dossier (view hereherehereherehereand here) relating to these claims with the request that he launch an investigation. In his response to the matter, the Premier undertook to provide the DA with information on actions which he, or officials from his Office, had undertaken in order to address these concerns.

It is now more than 150 days since then. Earlier this week the DA sent a written reminder to the Premier (view here), requesting that he act on his earlier commitment. To date, we have had no feedback.

This entire situation is yet another perfect example of how this failed ANC government protects a chosen few, placing them before principle.

It would seem that MEC Dube-Ncube has much to hide. The DA is aware that her husband has done business in at least 16 of the province’s municipalities. This situation is untenable and raises serious questions around the MEC’s impartiality. This matter also points to what is possibly an extremely serious abuse of municipal resources – one which could have a major knock-on effect on jobs and service delivery in the province.

It is the responsibility of the Premier to hold his MEC’s to account. The DA is of the firm belief that, in this case, he has not.  It is for this very reason that the DA will proceed with its request to the Speaker. We do so on behalf of the people of KZN who do not have a voice and who have a right to a government which cares about their wellbeing.

DA welcomes ruling against racist eThekwini municipality official

Democratic Alliance media statement by Nicole Graham, CLLR

DA EThewkini Caucus Leader

 

DA welcomes ruling against racist eThekwini municipality official

 

The Democratic Alliance in eThekwini has welcomed the outcome of a disciplinary hearing which ruled that eThekwini Legal Head Gideon Phungula, was guilty of racism, gross dishonesty and hate speech.
After receiving a transcript and recordings of Phungula calling Krish Kumar a “c**lie” repeatedly, DA eThekwini Leader Nicole Graham demanded that City Manager Sipho Nzuza suspend Phungula.
The matter was also reported by Graham to the Human Rights Commission as a violation of the rights of Kumar and other Indian city officials.
The recording also revealed Phungula admitting to being a political appointee, and that he was trying to appoint a ‘compliant’ lawyer to preside over the disciplinary of a Supply Chain Management official. The aforementioned official was implicated in the DSW orange bag scandal, but Phungula felt she needed to be protected for the ANC’s sake.
The way the orange bag matter has been handled has been completely disgraceful, and the Phungula recordings show why. Tender processes were clearly being subverted to enrich friends and those amenable to ANC donations.
It is unfathomable that the Head of Legal and Compliance could be so deeply compromised. This is the unfortunate reality of the state of the eThekwini Municipality, where competence is sacrificed for political ends.
Now that Phungula has been found guilty, the DA demands that he be fired from his position. The DA also wants an investigation into who exactly appointed Phungula and how the process was handled.
Phungula’s constant reference to “Mama” in the leaked recording points to no one other that Mayor Zandile Gumede.
The DA is the only party working to Build One South Africa for All, where we are better together.