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Fired or not, Van Rooyen must still be held accountable for lying in Parliament

In a response to the DA’s complaint in October 2016, the Public Protector, Adv Busisiwe Mkhwebane, found that Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) Minister, Des van Rooyen, wilfully and intentionally lied to Parliament about visiting the Gupta’s Saxonwold compound. On Thursday, 1 March 2018, this deadline for President Cyril Ramaphosa to take appropriate action…

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DA welcomes that the water crisis has been declared a national disaster

The DA welcomes the announcement today that the water crisis, affecting the Western Cape, Northern Cape and the Eastern Cape, has been declared a national disaster. The department must now immediately release drought-relief funds to these affected provinces to ensure that these provinces can effectively fight this drought. This means that the Western Cape which…

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Parliament concedes to DA’s request for urgent multi-disciplinary meeting to deal with national water crisis

The DA welcomes the response from the Chairperson of Water and Sanitation Committee, Lulu Johnson, to our request to summon Minister of Water and Sanitation, Nomvula Mokonyane to parliament. Minister Mokonyane must brief members of parliament as well as South Africans on her department’s interventions to resolve the drought crisis facing the country. A joint…

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DA welcomes decision to dissolve Metsimaholo Municipality Council

The Democratic Alliance welcomes the decision by the FS Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Department to dissolve the Metsimaholo Municipality Council. Metsimaholo was governed in a coalition by the DA, EFF, MCA and FF+. The MCA pulled out of the coalition, sold out to the ANC and replaced DA MMCs with ANC Councillors. Challenges…

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Thandi Modise must reclaim the image of NCOP, tarnished by MEC Dube Ncube

The DA has written to the Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), Thandi Modise, in terms of Section 139(1) (b) of the Constitution, regarding the irregular consideration of the ‘amendment’ of the Report of the Select Committee of COGTA – which deals with the Notice of Intervention in eMadlangeni Local Municipality. To date,…

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Des van Rooyen must pay back the money for his hotel stint

The minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Des van Rooyen, must pay back the almost R1 million of public funds incurred by the Department of Public Works for his six-months-long stay in a luxurious hotel in Pretoria. A written reply to my parliamentary question revealed that Van Rooyen spent 122 nights in hotels…

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Budget 2017: A budget to hamper service delivery

Today the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, in his budget speech announced a baseline reduction in conditional grants to provinces and local municipalities of R2 billion in 2017/18 and a total reduction of R6.4 billion over the next three years. The DA is opposed to this decrease in funding as we believe that it could…

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Armyworm ‘invasion’ must be declared national disaster

The DA will today call on the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Mr Des van Rooyen, to declare the ‘invasion’ of the Fall Armyworm (FAW) a national disaster, as this will trigger the release of much-needed funding to assist maize farmers who are currently struggling to fight this plague. It is vital…

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