South Africans to pay for Zuma’s legal fees

July 24, 2018

It has been revealed that not even one month after sacking his previous lawyer, Michael Hulley, former President Jacob Zuma’s new legal team is twice the size of his previous one, and costs almost R300 000 per day in legal fees.

This cost is expected to be in the millions by the time Zuma’s corruption trial resumes in November.

Due to a long-standing agreement that the state will pay for Jacob Zuma’s legal fees, the ANC government will be picking the pockets of South Africans to fund Zuma’s legal defence team.

This shows that the ANC is not committed to rooting out corruption. Instead, they want South Africans to pay to keep Jacob Zuma out of prison.

The longer the ANC stays in power, the more our country will suffer from the rot of corruption.

In March, the DA filed papers with the North Gauteng High Court asking that the agreement between the Presidency and Jacob Zuma, to cover the legal costs incurred by him for his criminal prosecution be reviewed, declared invalid and set aside.

We have also requested that the court order that the R15.3 million already spent on past criminal and civil proceedings, be refunded.

The public should not pay one further cent towards Zuma’s legal fees.

We believe that the agreement that the ANC government reached with Zuma to cover his costs is illegal.

It has no basis in law and should be scrapped immediately.

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Communities benefit from ward development fund

July 23, 2018

Kouga Municipality handed out items worth more than R 600 000 to various community projects recently.

Funding for these came from the Ward Development Fund and was budgeted for in the 2017/2018 financial year.

The items included sports apparel for schools and clubs, upgrades of social amenities such as play parks and sports facilities, computers for non-governmental organisations, stoves for old age clubs and soup kitchens and sewing machines for emerging sewing projects.

Other funds were also allocated to fixing general problems such as street lights, installation of more communal taps in informal areas such as the Golf Course in KwaNomzamo and replacement of vandalised infrastructure.

Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said ward councillors were tasked with setting up priorities in accordance with the community’s requests and in line with the Ward Development Policy.

“These do not replace or contradict our Integrated Development Plan (IDP) but rather help to advance development as community priorities are constantly being reviewed while other matters are emerging as urgent needs,” he said

Hendricks said he was also pleased to see that most of the beneficiaries of the interventions were from vulnerable groups such as the youth and the elderly.

“It is important that we take care of our youth as the future of our community.

“Our elderly people tend to be the most neglected group and it is pleasing to see that they were considered in this round,” he said.

The Mayor applauded the ward councillors for cooperating with the process to ensure that communities benefited.

DA Eastern Cape energised and united to bring change in 2019

July 22, 2018

The DA’s provincial executive committee and constituency leaders of the Eastern Cape had an extensive three day strategic breakaway and election planning meeting over the weekend.

We reviewed the party’s performance in the province and we are upbeat, especially after positive results in two recent by-elections.

On the 6th of June the DA stood in the ward 9 by-election of the rural Ingquza Hill Local Municipality and grew party’s support from 6.24% in 2016 to 24.94%.

On the same day the DA grew from 88% to 96.01% in the ward 18 by-election in Buffalo City Municipality (BCM).

In ward 9 of Ingquza Hill, usually an ANC-stronghold, the DA even emerged victorious in one of the voting districts.

During our breakaway we also touched on a number of innovative ideas that will assist the party in continuing its upward trajectory in the province.

The EC executive and constituency leaders are upbeat and positive about our growth prospects.

We are energised and united in our goal to significantly improve our chances in the 2019 national and provincial elections.

The Eastern Cape is a broken province in urgent need of a change of government.

It is time for the people of the Eastern to send a firm message by voting for the DA and voting for change.

Nqaba Bhanga – DA EC Provincial Leader

Damaged vehicles depriving Koukamma residents of basic services

July 21, 2018

The shocking state of municipal vehicles in the ANC-led Koukamma Local Municipality has caused an alarming decline in service delivery.

During an oversight inspection to the municipal storage yard in Joubertina, I came across 5 essential municipal vehicles in total disrepair.

These vehicles include three bakkies, one garbage removal truck and a grader used in the repair of roads. A trailer, also used for garbage removal, is also in a broken down state.

Some of the bakkies are without wheels and have been in disrepair for long enough to be overgrown by grass.

On Thursday, 12 July, residents of Rivina in Koukamma took to the streets to demonstrate their disapproval of the abhorrent delivery of services by the Municipality.

These residents are sick and tired of the current situation and know that only a DA governed municipality can save Koukamma from implosion.

Malcolm Figg MP – Tsitsi-Kouga Constituency Leader

Hundreds of Kouga residents receive ownership of their houses on Mandela Day

July 19, 2018

More than 600 residents received the title deeds to their RDP houses at a special Nelson Mandela Day event at Humansdorp yesterday (Wednesday, 18 July).

The event was one of three activities hosted by Kouga Municipality in celebration of late President Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday.

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Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said 631 title deeds were handed out to residents from the Humansdorp suburbs of Youth Camp, Vaaldam, Gill Marcus and old Arcadia at the Kruisfontein Community Hall.

“These beneficiaries have been waiting for more than a decade for the title deeds to their houses. Some have even been waiting for more than 20 years.

“Several of the recipients are over 70 years old and have never had proof that they own their homes. We changed that today by giving them what is rightfully theirs.”

One of the oldest recipients, 78-year-old Willie Hendricks, said it was a proud day for him.

“I now have the peace of mind that my house will go to my daughter when I pass on.

“She has sacrificed so much for me by looking after me all these years. It gives me great comfort knowing she will have a house to call her own one day,” said Hendricks, who lost his one leg to gangrene and might have to have the other one amputated as well.

“It’s also just wonderful having so many people here, visiting me, on this special day.”

Some of the title deed recipients at the Kruisfontein Civic in Humansdorp.

Mayor Hendricks said giving people title deeds to their houses was an effective means of empowering communities economically and restoring human dignity.

“The plight of dispossessed people is best addressed through expanding ownership of land and property. The right to own land speaks to the restoration of human dignity, which lay very close to Tata Madiba’s heart.”

He said the Mandela Day programme followed on the work started by his predecessor, the late Elza van Lingen, at Thornhill on Human Rights Day when she distributed more than 200 title deeds to residents.

“Since her passing, we have come across a further 1 688 title deeds that have been lying around in store rooms and offices at the municipality for years.

“Today marks the handing over of the first batch of these. The remaining 1057 will be handed out at Sea Vista, KwaNomzamo, Patensie, Hankey, Jeffreys Bay and Thornhill from August to October.

“We also expect to find more title deeds and will ensure that each one of them reach the rightful recipient.”

In addition to the title deed programme, Kouga Municipality also fixed up the house of KwaNomzamo’s oldest resident, Rosy Napu (108 yrs) on Nelson Mandela Day.

The municipality further partnered with the Fountains Mall to collect used or spare baby clothing, to be distributed to organisations that work with orphaned and vulnerable babies.

Healthcare collapses in the Eastern Cape

July 17, 2018

The Eastern Cape has only 247 operational ambulances of the 1143 it is supposed to have according to the national department of health requirements to service over 6 million people.

Those who cannot afford private healthcare die daily after hours of waiting for ambulances in their homes.

The ANC provincial and national governments have failed the poor and vulnerable by subjecting people to inhumane conditions in hospitals and clinics as well as degrading healthcare services.

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The DA has shown through the management of the Western Cape Health Department, our Health Plan and the strengthening of health oversight that better services are possible in the Eastern Cape and South Africa.

A change in government is ultimately the most direct way the people of South Africa can effect change in the healthcare system.

The DA will continue to expose negligence, inhumane treatment of patients and poor health services in our public healthcare facilities because people deserve access to quality health services irrespective of the socio-economic backgrounds.

Lights get switched on in Humansdorp

July 9, 2018

The DA led Kouga Municipality officially turned on the lights for the Kruisfontein community in Humansdorp recently.

Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said it was a special moment for Kouga as the new housing development called Kruisfontein 391 received its power connection.

“People have been waiting for many years for service delivery to take place in Kouga and I am very proud to see that taking place in Kruisfontein and would like to thank the community for their patience,” said Hendricks.

The 391 houses that have been built in Kruisfontein are the first of a number of housing projects that have been unlocked since 2016 when the DA took over the Kouga Municipality.

229 houses will be built in Pellsrus and 1500 in Ocean View, while the Municipality is also busy handing out title deeds, some dating back to 2001.

Weapons discovered at Humansdorp Court

June 26, 2018

The discovery of dangerous weapons at the Humansdorp Magistrate’s office reveals a shocking lack of security.

An oversight inspection by Henni Britz, a DA councillor in the Sarah Baartman District Municipality, to the Court building on 21 June 2018, revealed concerning and unsafe conditions for the staff and members of the public alike.

The total lack of security measures at this court building resulted in dangerous weapons being discovered and confiscated on Wednesday, 20 June 2018.

In one instance, two men entered the court building armed with knives, and on the morning of 21 June 2018 a concealed panga-type weapon was discovered in the only male toilets opposite the chief magistrate’s chambers.

No arrests were made by the security guards on duty at the time, and no case was opened with the South African Police Service (SAPS).

Members of the public, accused and witnesses alike, have full access to magistrates’ chambers.

On the day of the oversight inspection, only one visible security guard was on duty at the entrance, without any metal detectors in sight.

This is not an acceptable professional environment where the lives of magistrates, public prosecutors and court personnel are endangered on a daily basis.

Plans to extend and secure this building have been in place since 2006, but no progress has been made by the Department of Public Works, or the Department of Justice.

The building falls under the National Department of Public Works and upgrades were approved 12 years ago.

Even so, upgrades, approved at much later dates, have been done to the magistrates’ courts in Hankey, Patensie and Joubertina.

“As Shadow Minister for Public Works I will now ask parliamentary questions from the Minister for Public Works on why the status quo at the Humansdorp Court remains,” said Malcolm Figg, the Tsitsi-Kouga Constituency Leader and DA Shadow Minister for Public Works .

“It is an indictment against the government that after all these years a safe and adequate court building cannot be provided for our magistracy and other officials serving the community.

South Africans need to feel safe and be safe in cities and towns they call home. The DA would bring change that will provide security services to prevent crime and protect the community,” added Figg.

Jeffreys Bay wins Town of the Year

June 19, 2018

Jeffreys Bay has been announced as the Kwela Town of the Year for 2018.

The sheer magnificence of what Jeffreys Bay has to offer tourists and locals alike ensured a win for the Eastern Cape coastal town, which will receive R 1 million worth of free television advertising.

From being home to Supertubes, the worlds best wave and venue of the Corona Open JBay to the endless beaches that attract visitors from all over the world, Jeffreys Bay has it all.

Marina Martinique is the home of open water swimming in South Africa with the annual South African Open Water swim champs set to take place in the Marina’s salt water canals until 2020.

Unique dining experiences are also on offer in Jeffreys Bay with Awethu driving township tourism in the once quiet coastal village.

Jeffreys Bay is also home to the South African surf industry, with factory shops forming a key component of the retail industry in the town.

Winning the award is in memory of the late Elza Van Lingen, the former Mayor of Kouga who drove the Town of the Year initiative. Sadly ELza succumbed to cancer shortly after the filming of the Town of the Year segment.

 

Do you support land expropriation without compensation?

June 13, 2018

South Africans have until 15 June 2018 to make their voice heard in Parliament if they do not support land expropriation without compensation.

If enough South Africans fail to speak up, a parliamentary review committee could recommend changes to section 25 of the Constitution that would allow government to become the owner of all private homes and land in South Africa, forcing citizens to rent for life.

You can make a difference and do something constructive by submitting your comments via: LandOwnership.co.za.

A parliamentary review committee has been tasked with consulting South Africans before making any changes to private property rights in the Constitution.

Remember that according to law,  the committee must go through every comment submitted.

Visit LandOwnership.co.za and take action. If South Africans stand together,  we can stop land expropriation without compensation.

Dont only have an opinion amongst your friends and family on land ownership. Let government know what you feel by having your say and become part of the process.