DA calls for Investigation into demolishing of Shembe Church

Marlaine_Nair

Democratic Alliance media statement by  Marlaine Naicker, CLLR

DA EThekwini Councillor

DA calls for Investigation into demolishing of Shembe Church

The Democratic Alliance in eThekwini, comprising myself, Caucus Chief Whip, Cllr Thabani Mthethwa and Deputy Caucus Leader Cllr Emmanuel Mhlongo recently met with a delegation from the Shembe Church Leadership to clear allegations that had been made against the Democratic Alliance relating to the demolition of a part of the Nazareth Baptist Temple situated in Thornwood in Ward 13. (please see attachment)

The delegation, led by Nazareth Judicial Council Chairperson, Mr Willington Myeni, contacted the Democratic Alliance seeking to seek answers on allegations that the DA had called for the City’s land invasion Unit to demolish the church structure.

The request for clarity came after members of the congregation were informed by the ANC Ward 13 Councillor Reginald Cloete that the DA PR councillor for Ward 13, Cllr Marlaine Nair had made the request.

We strongly condemn these baseless allegations and consider this incident to be a failed attempt to create unwarranted division between the Democratic Alliance and the Shembe Church. This kind of mischief-making is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

Congregants of the church described how the City’s Land Invasion unit officials had used vulgar obscenities against the church leader whilst demolishing the structure that had been there for more than three years. According to members of the church, they had occupied the area for many years without any interference because they had received verbal permission from the eThekwini Municipality.

The Church was unable to open a case at the Mariannhill police station as they were turned away because they did not have written proof of the arrangement between the Church and the eThekwini Municipality. Members of the church have lodged a complaint with the CRL Commission (Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistics communities). Their affidavits can be found here (please see attachment)

Whilst the Democratic Alliance does not support illegal land invasion, we also do not support any form of lawless behaviour and disrespect for any religion or culture. Satisfied that the DA had no motive for wanting the church to be broken down, neither was there evidence to prove the allegation made against the party, the delegation requested that the Democratic Alliance write to the City’s Integrity and Investigations Unit as well as the City Manager on their behalf, requesting that a thorough investigation be conducted. The letter can be found here. (please see attachment)

The Democratic Alliance will continue to lead the fight against all forms of corruption as well as fight for the protection of religious and cultural rights for all South Africans.

The failing ANC has turned its back on the people of Wembezi

Democratic Alliance media statement by Francois Rodgers, MPL

Chief Whip to the DA in the KZN Legislature

The failing ANC has turned its back on the people of Wembezi

 

The DA has called on the failing ANC to hold its National Executive to account after most MEC’s failed to attend a Legislature to the People (TLTP) Sitting in rural Wembezi held this week.

The event comes at an estimated cost of R5million to taxpayers. Despite this, only two out of a total of 11 KZN ANC MEC’s bothered to arrive, with excuses ranging from ‘bosberaads’ to globe-trotting.

The DA regards the absence of practically the entire provincial executive as disgraceful. To add to this, only some 70% of all KZN ANC parliamentary members were in attendance.

This is a prime example of the Executive undermining the Legislature. It is also a slap in the face to the people of Wembezi in particular. There are numerous issued that this community has raised, yet it appears that the failing ANC does not care enough to come and hear them.

In May 2018, the DA led a walk-out of opposition parties in the KZN Legislature – rendering the House non-quorate – after only one MEC and less than half of all failing ANC members bothered to attend the province’s Housing Budget Sitting.

Today, we as a Caucus have taken the decision to put the people of Wembezi first and not to leave the Sitting.  The question that this community and others across our province must ask themselves is this – is this the sign of a government that cares?

The DA will continue to fight on behalf of the people KZN when it comes to accountability from government. The events of this TLTP have shown once and for all that the ANC in this province does not care about their wellbeing.

MEC has 48 hours to publicly retract Acting SAPS Commissioner’s ban on oversight inspections

Democratic Alliance media statement by Zwakele Mncwango, MPL

DA KZN Premier Candidate

 

MEC has 48 hours to publicly retract Acting SAPS Commissioner’s ban on oversight inspections

 

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has today written to KZN Community Safety and Liaison MEC, Mxolisi Kaunda, with an ultimatum to publicly retract a ban on public representatives, including DA Members of the Provincial Legislature, from conducting oversight inspections at the province’s SAPS stations. Click here to view the letter.

The move comes after KZN’s Acting SAPS Commissioner, Lieutenant-General, Lucky Mkhwanazi issued a circular (view here) instructing SAPS cluster and station commanders not to share any information with public representatives. The circular also stated that parliamentary portfolios committees must first obtain permission from the Provincial Police Headquarters before inspections.

The DA will not adhere to this instruction. We have given the MEC 48 hours in which to condemn and retract this unconstitutional directive from the Acting Commissioner.

As representatives of the South African public the DA has a duty to ensure that SAPS is held accountable. That duty requires oversight inspections and station-specific information. This right is upheld within the South African Constitution which empowers Legislature representatives to inspect government facilities and entities within the province. In addition, MPLs are also empowered by Section 206 (3) to obtain information with regard to police conduct, visible policing, police efficiency and effectiveness. Such information ensures that they can hold the police to account and keep all our communities safe.

The importance of SAPS oversight inspections – in particular unannounced visits – cannot be over-emphasised in a province which holds the dubious honour of recording the highest number of murders, culpable homicides and household crimes in the entire country.

These inspections are made all the more important given the recent results of the Victims of Crime Survey (VOCS) which revealed that only half of KwaZulu-Natal’s residents are satisfied with the way in which police are carrying out their mandate. This while 14% of those surveyed also said that police ‘never’ arrived, while 34.1% said that they had to wait more than two hours for police assistance. A further 29% of those surveyed also said that they ‘never’ saw the police, in uniform and duty in their area of residence.

The DA will not let this matter rest. We expect the MEC to respond to our ultimatum. In the event that he does not, the DA will not be deterred and will continue to conduct inspections of police stations and SAPS units across KwaZulu-Natal.

We remain committed to fighting for a safer South Africa where people and families feel safe to fulfil their potential; this requires an honest and professional police service.

DA welcomes move to protect KZN Treasury staff from failing ANC

Democratic Alliance media statement by Francois Rodgers, MPL

DA KZN Spokesperson on Finance

DA welcomes move to protect KZN Treasury staff from failing ANC

 

The Democratic Alliance welcomes recent moves by KZN Finance MEC, Belinda Scott, aimed at addressing ongoing thuggery and intimidation against members of the provincial Treasury by two so-called ‘business forums’ – the Ama Delangokubona Business Forum and the Federation for Radical Economic Transformation (FFRET).

According to reports, the MEC has obtained a temporary interdict against both forums, preventing them from threatening, interfering, intimidating or assaulting officials from Treasury, its employees, contractors, sub-contractors or anyone else acting on Treasury’s behalf. The forums have till November 9 to reply to the allegations against them.

It is now clear that MEC Scott ‘walks the talk’, unlike her cabinet counterparts, MEC’s Sihle Zikalala and Sibongiseni Dhlomo.

When the DA put an oral question to MEC Zikalala more than a month ago, he gave the province an undertaking that this matter would be dealt with decisively and that arrests and criminal charges would be forthcoming. This statement turned out to be nothing more than ‘hollow words’ and empty promises.

Meanwhile, MEC Dhlomo went so far as to consult with the same business forum members that held Treasury staff hostage. Engaging with criminals is not going to stop this new scourge.

Of particular concern to the DA are the allegations that both business forums are closely aligned to the failing ANC. Certainly this would indicate why there have been no arrests or charges laid to date.

The DA will not tolerate such double standards while KZN is placed at risk. Treasury plays a critical role in the financial stability of our province. When its staff are intimated and threatened, the province as a whole is held to ransom.

The DA regards the behaviour of these business forums as both criminal and unacceptable. And when law and order is ignored to pacify political thuggery, the signs become even clearer that the ANC has failed in its mandate to govern.

DA Youth in KZN encourages the youth to register to vote

DA Youth in KZN encourages the youth to register to vote

By DA Media

 

DA Youth KZN Provincial Chairperson Fikani Khubisa and the KZN Youth Executive will kick-start the province’s registration campaign this week directed at the youth.

The campaign starts on 23 October and will run until 14 December 2018. The 8-week long DA-led campaign will see the registration of 10 000 first time young voters.

Young South Africans have the power to build One South Africa for All that affords them fair access to opportunities.

We encourage young South Africans not to wait for registration weekend, but make the effort to visit their local IEC offices with their ID books to register as voters.

A better and brighter South Africa for tomorrow must be built on the foundations we lay today.

Details of this week’s events:

Ethekwini

Date: 24 October 2018

Time: 11:00

Address: 20 Ntuzuma Access Rd, KwaMashu M Section

 

Pietermaritzburg

Date: 26 October 2018

Time:  14:00

Address: Prof. Nyembezi Building, 10th Floor, Cnr Boshoff