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Beware of those who steal from the poor in the name of the poor

October 23, 2018

What started in 2001 with a policy of expropriating unused land without compensation very soon ramped up to expropriating productive land and businesses.

Food and other shortages arose as investment dried up. The state responded to food shortages with price controls, which inevitably caused even more productive land to fall into disuse.

The state now controls almost all economic activity in Venezuela.

Many voters believe that Cyril Ramaphosa needs a “stronger mandate” in 2019, so that he can save South Africa from the ANC.

Effectively, this means they feel they should vote for the ANC to save SA from the ANC.

Venezuela’s experience should warn people not to rely on personalities, but rather to support real reform and liberal democracy.

In 2019, a vote for the DA will be a vote for strong, independent institutions that protect our nation’s freedom and wealth.

Mmusi Maimane

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Suspension of Nelson Mandela Bay City Manager a blow to clean governance

October 3, 2018

The suspension of Mr Johann Mettler as Nelson Mandela Bay City Manager is a huge blow to clean governance in the Metro.

The ANC-led coalition of corruption has, at the insistence of their executive mayor, Mongameli Bobani, suspended someone that made a tremendous contribution to turning the fortunes of the City around.

Bobani has always had a vendetta against Mr Mettler and yesterday he eventually got his way.

The charges against Mr Mettler are trumped up and he has fully and comprehensively replied to the allegations.

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Mr Mettler is widely considered to be one of the best Municipal Managers in the country. He is held in such high regard that a former Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Pravin Gordhan, seconded him to NMB.

During Mettler’s term of office corruption to the tune of hundreds of millions of Rand was exposed and many dubious contracts set aside.

The coalition government led by former NMB Executive Mayor Athol Trollip took a principled decision to keep politics out of the administration.

The coalition government, with the assistance of Mr Mettler achieved amongst others the following:

– Exposed the IPTS corruption network;

– Exposed the Access Facilities Management corruption;

– Implemented a credible performance management system for senior and middle management;

– Oversaw the implementation of a bucket eradication program. In less than 24 months bucket toilets was reduced by more than 60%;

– Negotiated the successful return of the Housing Competency for NMB as from 1 July 2019;

– Completely overhauled the Supply Chain Management (SCM) processes in order to safeguard against corruption; and

– Severely reduced Fruitless, Wasteful, Unauthorized and Irregular Expenditure.

Although Mettler is likely to be vindicated at the end of the process, the City is set to be the biggest loser. Not only have we lost an extremely competent administrator but it is also highly likely that we will have to pay Mettler a substantial settlement.

This opens the Metro up to more looting, as was the status quo before the failing ANC before it was removed from government in 2016.

By Nqaba Bhanga – Eastern Cape Provincial Leader and Premier Candidate

Stop the attack on South African citizens

October 2, 2018

On Wednesday, petrol goes up again – the seventh increase in just 10 months. This time by a record 99c per litre.

Our government is making the people of this country pay for its corruption and mismanagement, roughly one third (R5.30) – of the cost of petrol per litre goes directly to government via the General Fuel Levy & Road Accident Fund Levy.

South Africans are getting poorer, and the government’s answer to this is to increase the cost of living for all South Africans.

Enough is enough. Sign the petition by clicking the link below

https://www.stopthetaxattack.co.za

If taxi fares go up, you could pay R447 more every month!

People are struggling to make ends meet, and the ANC’s tax attack continues unabated.

In 2018 alone, the ANC-government has increased:

  • Value Added Tax (VAT)
  • Income Tax increase
  • Sin tax
  • Sugar tax
  • RAF & General Fuel Levy

The fact is that South Africans are being made to pay for the ANC’s corruption and mismanagement of the economy over the last decade.

The fuel levy in neighbouring countries is minuscule compared to ours. Botswana adds just 40c per litre, while the ANC government adds R5.30 per litre.

The ANC must immediately reduce the Road Accident Fund and general fuel levy by at least R1, and balance the budget by CUTTING corruption – not taking from the pockets of the people.

If you stand with us, sign the petition and share it with your friends.

 

Our promise to South Africa

October 1, 2018

The 2019 National and Provincial election is the most important in the history of democratic South Africa.

This is our promise to all South Africans.

2019 DA election manifesto

Mayor Bongani Baloyi assaulted at community meeting

September 29, 2018

The Democratic Alliance has expressed its shock over the violent assault on the Executive Mayor of Midvaal, Bongani Baloyi by ANC members this morning.

Mayor Baloyi immediately opened a case of assault with intention to cause grievous bodily harm against the ANC thugs.

However, when the Mayor was on his way to open a case at the police station, the key suspect followed him and lied to the police that the Mayor attacked him. Absurdly, the Baloyi was also placed under arrest along with the suspect.

The Mayor was physically attacked in ward 11, Savannah City during the municipality’s launch of Arbor Day.

The event started peacefully, however when Baloyi was about to go to the podium to address the community, ANC members approached him and tried to take the microphone away from him. They physically pushed the Mayor and hit him with a rock.

Midvaal is one of the best governed municipalities in Gauteng and has received clean audits since DA took over this municipality from the ANC.

One South Africa for all

September 26, 2018

The response has been overwhelming, with thousands of South Africans from all walks of life signing up to be a part of Team One South Africa.

One South Africa for all

This week, we will officially begin the process of deploying activists to all corners of the country, as we spread our message of One South Africa for All.

I am aware that many of you want to help but simply do not have the time to go door to door spreading the message of hope.

If this is the case, please consider making a donation to the cause.

Every Rand enables us to reach and unify more South Africans as we head into the 2019 Elections.

Not since 1994 have we so desperately needed to come together. Political forces across the spectrum are trying harder than ever to divide us.

We cannot let them win.

Your contribution to One South Africa for All.

Warm regards,

Mmusi Maimane

DA Leader

DA calls for Auditor-General to urgently investigate alleged corruption in Nelson Mandela Bay

September 21, 2018

Yesterday, 20 September 2018, I requested the Auditor-General (AG), Kimi Makwetu, to urgently investigate allegations of corruption levelled against me during my tenure as Executive Mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.

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These allegations were made in a letter written by Mr Bantu Holomisa, president of the UDM, to the Auditor General on 24 October 2017. The same allegations were also levelled against Mr Johann Mettler, Nelson Mandela Bay City Manager.

Mr Holomisa requested the AG’s intervention in various matters regarding PWC’S forensic investigations into alleged irregular payments and the employment of litter pickers. Mr Holomisa also recently wrote an open public letter to the AG, making a range of sweeping allegations of corruption against myself and Mr Mettler.

I have written to the AG and implored him, as a matter of public importance, to urgently proceed with the requested investigation. I have also committed myself and my former employees in the mayoral office to cooperate fully in such an investigation.

If the AG goes ahead with this investigation, he will have to arrange access to the Public Health Standing Committee reports in relation to litter pickers and EPWP appointments, the MPAC report related to these matters as well as the final PWC reports. The other important report in this regard is the draft report compiled by Deloitte about the IPTS corruption saga.

I have undertaken to provide the AG with all the available correspondence, documentation and evidence that I have at my disposal.

Furthermore, I also advised Mr Makwetu that more evidence is coming to light with regard to corruption linked to some of the contracts that were stopped after my election as Mayor.
This evidence is crucial in linking certain individuals directly to corrupt dealings.

Athol Trollip

Legal opinion confirms ‘removal’ of Mayor Trollip unlawful and invalid

August 28, 2018

A legal opinion obtained by Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) City Manager, Johan Mettler, on the removal of the Nelson Mandela Bay Speaker, Jonathan Lawack, and Mayor Athol Trollip has confirmed that it was “unlawful, invalid, and capable of being set aside”.

The DA has already committed to taking the council’s decision on review as we believe that the process to appoint the new Speaker was procedurally invalid and therefore, that the “removal” of Mayor Trollip was also invalid.

Section 36(3) of the Municipal Structures Act (117 of 1998) states that:

“The municipal manager of the municipality or, if the municipal manager is not available, a person designated by the MEC for local government in the province, presides over the election of a speaker”

After Speaker Jonathan Lawack was removed, the Municipal Manager, Johann Mettler, adjourned the council sitting as quorum had been broken. Eastern Cape MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Fikile Xasa, then incorrectly invoked Section 36(3) and designated an individual to preside over two decisions:

1. The election of ANC Councillor, Buyelwa Mafaya, as Speaker; and
2. The Motion of No Confidence in Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip.

This was despite the Municipal Manager being both present and able to preside over the sitting. This is in clear contravention of the Municipal Structures Act. Therefore, the election of Buyelwa Mafaya as Speaker, and the subsequent Motion of No Confidence in Athol Trollip as invalid.

The legal opinion confirms our view. Specifically, it states that:

“Having regard to the factual circumstances that prevailed, it can never be said that the Municipal Manager was not available.”

The opinion goes on to state that the Municipal Manager was “physically available and accordingly, the appointment of such other person to chair the election of a Speaker was unlawful and invalid with the concomitant result that the appointment of a Speaker and the subsequent appointment of a new Mayor are similarly unlawful, invalid and capable of being reviewed and set aside”

DA plans to fight hostile takeover of the Reserve Bank

August 20, 2018

The nationalising of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB)is a hostile move in a long game of EFF political maneuvers to influence the mandate and operations of the Reserve Bank and ultimately South Africa’s banking system as a whole.

This is also an electoral game for the EFF. Whether or not the Bill is passed, the EFF hopes to dominate the ANC’s radical agenda, and position itself as the authentic party of the left.

In a statement released on the 6th of March 2018, the EFF is unreserved about its ambitious plans for the SARB, including: influencing prudential oversight, deconcentrating bank ownership, expediting the licensing of state owned banks, and using the SARB to create a preferential environment for certain banks including state-owned development finance institutions.

At present, private shareholders are limited to holding 10 000 shares and to electing a minority of the non-executive Board members. The provision of a fixed dividend means that shareholders do not invest with the motive of making profits.

In addition, shareholders play no role in the formulation and implementation of monetary policy and are excluded from core functions.

There can be no meaningful public interest motive in nationalising the Reserve Bank, only the furtherance of private political interests.

Nationalisation will mean that Finance Minister will have the ability to appoint every board member from a list of nominees that are confirmed by a panel also largely appointed by the Minister.

The conflict of interests doesn’t stop there; this Bill has to be interpreted in conjunction with the EFF’s Bank’s Amendment Bill enabling the state to own banks.

Coupled with greater ministerial involvement in the Reserve Bank, this will give the government enhanced ability to influence the rules in a market in which it also competes.

As South Africa confronts the public losses due to state capture, another likely avenue for corruption should not be opened up.

Financial prudence and stability do not go in hand with the EFF’s tendency towards recklessness. The memorandum to the Bill is meant to provide detail about its financial implications.

In the relevant section Julius Malema has indicated ‘none’. This Bill has recklessly been submitted without the necessary due diligence. The shares cannot just be written out of existence.

The EFF will need to propose a mechanism of expropriation, compensation and determination of the shares’ value. In addition, the potential impact on investor sentiment must be considered.

The DA opposes threats to Reserve Bank independence and will ensure that the true costs of the Bill are tabled and debated.

Gwen Ngwenya MP – DA Member of the Finance Committee

Poverty stricken Dimbaza a monument to economic mismanagement

August 10, 2018

Dimbaza, once an industrial hub near King Williams Town, has for decades been a prime example of how the ANC has failed to build the South African economy and create jobs.

This ghost town, filled with vacant factories, some of which have now been turned into rubble, once supplied work to thousands of poor Eastern Cape residents.

Dimbaza used to be the breadbasket of what was previously known as the Ciskei, with many factories sustaining the local economy before and shortly after 1994. It was a thriving community in the past.

After the ANC’s rise to power, incentives and tax rebates given to companies setting up shop in Dimbaza ceased and most industries moved elsewhere. The town was turned into an industrial graveyard with an estimated unemployment rate of 70%.

Fifteen years ago Damesh Daya was a director of a company that manufactured jeans in Dimbaza. He told us that in its heyday this company employed more than 3 000 local residents.

The recently released Quarterly Labour Force Survey indicates that the Eastern Cape has the highest expanded rate of unemployment in the country at 45,8%.

This means that 730 000 people are unemployed in this province and an additional 412 000 have given up looking for work. This has a devastating impact on families who are struggling to put food on the table.

The youth are most affected by the lack of employment opportunities available to them. In South Africa, the youth remain the hardest hit by joblessness, with 67,1% of the 15 – 24-year-old bracket, and 43,2% of the 25 – 34-year-old bracket still unemployed.

“The Eastern Cape needs change to build an inclusive economy that will give our people access to job opportunities,” said Andrew Whitfield, the Democratic Alliance Shadow MEC for Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism.

“To this end I will table a motion in the Eastern Cape Legislature to debate the dire unemployment situation in the province.

The debate will focus on creating a growing and reliable economic environment which will stimulate job creation in the Eastern Cape. Where the DA governs, we have a proven track record of reducing unemployment.

Over the last quarter, unemployment in the DA-led Nelson Mandela Bay Metro decreased by 1,3%, added Whitfield.