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We do not have another ten years to tackle crime, we need action now!

June 26, 2019

It is, to use his own words, shocking that in his State of the Nation Address, the President hardly mentioned the one thing that all South Africans have at the front of their minds every single day – Crime.

A few token references to crime here and there and then, as if out of nowhere, the bombshell announcement that violent crime will be halved in the next ten years without even a hint of irony or an actual plan as to how this mammoth task will actually be achieved.

Andrew Whitfield, the DA Shadow Minister of Police and the leader of the DA in Kouga at the SONA debate

It appears from his speech, Madam Speaker, that the President is more concerned about bullet trains than he is about the bullets taking the lives of innocent South Africans on a daily basis.

While the President is dreaming millions of ordinary South Africans are having nightmares.

Nightmares of being, attacked, robbed, raped or murdered.

These South Africans are our Mothers and Fathers living in the Northern Areas of Port Elizabeth and Elsies River right here in Cape Town, who fear that their children, on their way to school or guarding cars outside a Mosque like 12 year old Aswin Jansen, may be mowed down in a hail of bullets fired from one of the more than 800 guns stolen from the Police and wielded by a gangster who was put back on the streets by the very criminal justice system designed to protect these children.

They are our Grandmothers like Nomangesi Peter from Luqoqweni Village who was kidnapped, tortured and paraded naked before being killed. They are too old to defend themselves from serial rapists and murderers who target these, our most vulnerable citizens in rural villages and towns because they know that the chances of being caught by the police are slim to none.

They are our farmers and farmworkers from the rural Eastern Cape to Thoyandou who live in constant fear that they will be next because the ANC government does not deem rural safety a priority.

These nightmares are not the imagination of some fictional characters living in a fanciful futuristic country. These are real stories about real people Mr President. They are experiences grounded in the harsh reality of millions of South African’s sitting at home looking to this Parliament and their President for hope that they can one day live in a safe city, town or village. Not a SMART city Mr President, a SAFE city.

They want to go to bed knowing that criminals lurking around outside their homes will get caught and that they will be locked up.

Surely this is not too much for them to ask.

The fact that there was absolutely no mention of rural Safety in the SONA demonstrates just how out of touch this ANC government is and how little it cares about people living in remote rural communities who are being targeted by violent criminals.

In KwaMlaza village in the Port St Johns Municipality, for example, violent crime has led to villagers fleeing their homes after 9 people, 8 of them women, have been hacked to death or raped and then killed in the past 5 years with not one successful prosecution. In this village the people have given up hope in the police who appear to operate on a catch and release basis allowing criminals to walk amongst their victims.

Every other day we read about farmers, farmworkers and their families being brutally attacked and often tortured by violent criminals.

In May this year, Tool and Liezel Wessels were attacked on their farm in Bonnievale. Boiling water was poured over her and she was made to watch as her husband was stabbed to death.

Your deafening silence on the violence committed in rural communities across our country is unacceptable Mr President. It is time for bold action to tackle crime and rural safety now, we do not have another ten years.

Madam Speaker, there is still time to turn the tide on the rural crime wave sweeping our nation if we act now. The DA has a rural safety plan which can restore hope and order to the most isolated and vulnerable communities: from the commercial farm in Viljoenskroon to the rural village outside Keiskamahoek.

It is a plan that focuses on building a smart police force equipped with the necessary knowledge and resources to deploy cutting edge technology in the fight against crime. We believe that the deployment of drones with heat sensing technology into rural communities will assist in tracking down criminals and bringing them to book. This is not a ten-year plan Mr President, this technology is available today and can be deployed tomorrow.

We believe that by establishing Rural Community Policing Units with community members trained as rural reservists policing capacity will be augmented in some of the most isolated regions of our country. The DA’s Rural Safety Plan offers tangible solutions to curb the rising tide of rural crime.

Madam Speaker, South Africans deserve an honest and professional police service that they can trust led by men and women of integrity who are well trained and resourced to keep our citizens safe.

In building an effective and fit for purpose SAPS a DA national government would move swiftly to ensure:

    • A zero-tolerance approach to corruption within the SAPS;
    • The appointment of fit for purposes officers and management who are passionate about policing;
    • The retraining all police officers to serve and protect with pride;
    • Making policing a provincial responsibility; and
    • Establish an effective drug-busting force.

When it comes to fighting corruption Madam Speaker, this Parliament has an immediate opportunity to strike fear into the hearts of the corrupt and criminal elements within SAPS by appointing a permanent head of IPID with unimpeachable integrity who will clean out the rot that has taken over SAPS. This is our moment to give real hope to all South Africans living in fear that we are serious about their safety.

In spite of the President’s promises in the 2018 SONA that he would focus on the distribution of police resources to areas hardest hit by crime the situation is getting worse. In the Western Cape last year, half of all murders were recorded at only 13% of police stations.

These are the stations that need resources Mr President. Murder in Philippi East precinct has increased by 180% over the five-year period from 2013/14 to 17/18, and by 36.7% in the last financial year. This station now has 1 officer per 344 citizens. Over the past two years, the Western Cape provincial ratio has deteriorated from one police officer to every 385 people, down to one police officer to every 509 people.

While the ANC government is playing politics with the lives of the people of the Western Cape, the people in Nyanga, Mitchells Plain and Hanover Park have to fear for their lives.

A DA-led national government would give more of the powers and functions of policing to provincial police commissioners and station commanders, so they are empowered to tackle crime on a local level.

Madam Speaker, in South Africa every day 109 people are raped, and 57 people are murdered. During this debate somebody will be attacked, raped or murdered.

The DA has a plan to turn this horrific situation around. The question is Mr President, do you?

Andrew Whitfield

DA Shadow Minister of Police

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Meet DA Provincial chairperson Andrew Whitfield

March 11, 2019

The Eastern Cape Provincial Chairperson of the DA, Andrew Whitfield will address the Jeffreys Bay community at a public meeting tomorrow evening (Tuesday 12 March 2019).

Whitfield will be joined by Kouga Mayor Horatio Hendricks.

Together, they will unpack the DA manifesto and explain what the DA’s plan is to fight corruption in South Africa. Mayor Hendricks will also discuss the progress the DA led government in Kouga has made.

Our plan to fight corruption focuses on:

  • Creating a new, independent and fully-resourced anti-corruption unit staffed by specialist prosecutors and investigators.
  • Introducing a 15-year sentence for corruption involving a public rep. or official and over R10 000’s worth of public money.
  • Ensuring the payment of all public money is transparent.
  • Bringing in direct elections for all political office holders so that the South African people can hold their president, premiers and mayors directly accountable.
  • Implementing regular lifestyle audits for all politicians and government officials.
  • Protecting and encouraging ‘whistleblowers’ who identify and report on corrupt activities.
  • Ensuring Fair Access to Jobs by making ‘sex for jobs’ a form of corruption.

The 2019 national and provincial election is about YOUR future.

Use your vote to ensure a strong DA because we are serious about fighting corruption and building One South Africa for All.

The event details are:

Date: Tuesday 12 March 2019.

Time: 18H00

Venue: Newton Hall – 17 Goedehoop Street, Jeffreys Bay.

 

R 3.8 million for Sea Vista community library

February 16, 2019

The Sea Vista community are the beneficiaries of a new state of the art library after the facility was handed over to Kouga Municipality last week.

Funded in the main by Kouga Wind Farm, the grand opening to the public will take place in around two months’ time, giving the Sea Vista community previously unheard-of access to books and online resources.

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In terms of access for those with disabilities, the double-storey facility is wheelchair-friendly and boasts an SA Library for the Blind mini library, also sponsored by the wind farm.

“The challenges of accessing up-to-date information, conducive study conditions and research will soon be a thing of the past, not only for children who previously had to travel to Humansdorp to use a library, but also adults who want to study further,” said the wind farm’s community liaison officer, Trevor Arosi.

“Tribute must be paid to the local community for the invaluable support which helped make the dream a reality – Kouga Municipality for donating the land, the Rotary Club for the books and their ongoing input and vision, Nordex for their book detection security system and the St Francis Bay community, who collected books, magazines, artwork, CDs and DVDs.”

Guests at the opening included Kouga Municipality’s portfolio councillor for community services Danny Benson, Rotarian Ann Knight and the municipality’s chief librarian, Linda Jack.

Acting on behalf of executive mayor Horatio Hendricks, Benson pledged to have the library fully functional within the next two months.

Do you want to serve your community?

May 5, 2018

Do you have a passion for your community and believe in the principles of freedom, fairness, opportunity and diversity?

Kouga Mayor helps unpaid workers

September 29, 2017

Kouga Mayor Elza van Lingen reached out to workers from the Sarah Baartman Centre of Remembrance yesterday.

The workers have not been paid their salaries by the Department of Public Works’ contractor and are battling to put food on their families’ tables.

The Mayor arranged with a business from Humansdorp for food to be delivered to those affected this morning.

SASSA has also agreed to provide food parcels to the workers next week.

The Mayor has further been in contact with the Department of Public Works and other roleplayers to help the workers secure their outstanding monies.

South Africa is going to work again

August 31, 2016

What a time to be alive! In the past three weeks, we have witnessed one of the most radical and important changes our country has seen since 1994.

On 3 August 2016, voters put South Africa on a new trajectory. And we reaffirmed that we work as a nation. Our democracy works, and South Africans are learning how to use it.

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And South Africa’s opposition parties have successfully navigated the turbulent sea of coalition negotiations and emerged with practical, workable arrangements to govern those municipalities where the majority of voters voted for change.

The DA has formed a broad coalition with the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP), the Congress of the People (COPE), the Freedom Front Plus (FF+), the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) and the United Democratic Movement (UDM), bound by the shared principle of putting South Africa first. The EFF chose not to enter into coalitions, opting rather to remain in opposition.

With DA mayors, this coalition is now governing Johannesburg, Tshwane, and Mogale City in Gauteng, as well as Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape, Thabazimbi and Modimolle in Limpopo, and Metsimaholo in the Free State. I am confident that we can work together constructively for the benefit of all.

So the DA now governs 32 councils in five provinces in South Africa: Western Cape (with Beaufort West, Cape Agulhas, Cederberg, Matzikama, Oudtshoorn and Prince Albert being new), Eastern Cape (NMB and Kouga), Gauteng (Tshwane, Johannesburg, Mogale City and Midvaal), Limpopo (Thabazimbi and Modimolle/Mookgopong), and Free State (Metsimaholo).

Most critical of all, we now govern four of SA’s eight metros. So we have the potential to improve the lives of around 16 million people– not just through clean government and efficient service delivery, but by creating an attractive environment for businesses to operate in SA’s major economic hubs.

While the ANC’s ship is sinking, South Africa’s tide is rising.

LGE2016 has shown us that South Africa is bigger than the ANC. And the voters are in charge.

They are the masters of her fate. They are the captains of her soul. Amandla awethu!

Mmusi Maimane

The DA is in it to win it in Kouga

June 29, 2016

When one goes into an election, you go in to win it.  In soccer you plan to win the match. You do not plan to win the penalty shootout!

Democratic Alliance Kouga

In the Kouga,  the DA is going for an outright majority.  Our Leader Mmusi Maimane has made it clear that no negotiations have been made with any party for coalitions.

The ACDP in Kouga first attacked the DA on our policies in an attempt to gain votes for the ACDP. Now they want to piggyback onto the DA.

A vote for the ACDP is not a vote for the DA, it is actually a vote to favour the position of the ANC.

The Kouga electorate has already made it clear in the media, that the 2016 election is all about voting for good governance and service delivery.

The stance of the community is to not divide the vote again in the 2016 elections at the cost of a limited number of votes to a smaller party that could cost the DA seat in council.

“The latest desperate attempt by Cheryllyn Dudley MP ACDP, is merely to solicit votes for the ACDP.  

The DA had to force the ADCP to fire the ACDP councillor in Swellendam because he voted with the ANC. So the ACDP statement is not really correct.

There is no co-operation of any kind negotiated.  So a vote for the ACDP is not going to make the “DA Better”. In fact this is nothing less than cheap political tactics,” said DA Mayoral candidate Elza Van Lingen.  

“Our values and principals of Freedom, Fairness and Opportunity are clear.  We call on all voters in Kouga to vote for change to save Kouga,” added Van Lingen.

A better life for all is what the DA delivers

February 19, 2016

The Western Cape is working – and this is because the DA cares about all its citizens and works for a better life for all.

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“The Western Cape is a place where the DA government cut the perks and privileges of politicians. Where the cost of ministerial vehicles was slashed in half, where blue light brigades were banned and economy class flights are the norm.

“It is a place where over two thirds of the City of Cape Town’s budget is spent in poor communities, and where the poor receive the most generous package of free water and electricity in the entire country,” said Mmusi Maimane.

The DA highlighted the Western Cape as the province with the strongest governance audit outcomes, and the place where fewer people are unemployed.

“It is a place where getting the basics right pays dividends. Where the matric pass rate improved last year to 84.7% – the highest in South Africa – while the pass rates in every other province declined,” Maimane said.

“It is a place where the pass rate in schools in the most impoverished areas increased from 57% under the ANC to 73% under the DA,” he said.

Its time for change in Kouga. Vote for a better life for all.

Kouga ANC led Council to write off a whopping R 465.5 M

February 12, 2015

At a Special Council meeting held at The Links, St Francis Bay on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 the ANC-led Kouga Council used their single vote majority to bulldoze through a shocking decision in which they resolved to write off no less than a total of R465.5m unauthorized, irregular , fruitless and wasteful expenditure.

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Unauthorized expenditure totalled R364.9m, fruitless and wasteful expenditure totalled R31.4m and irregular expenditure was R69.1. All these exorbitant expenses and irregular expenditure occurred over a period of 5 to 6 years and it is a clear indication of extremely poor administration.

Although it is a generally accepted practice in local government finances to write off some unavoidable expenses, it is alarming that in a municipality of Kouga’s size the unauthorized, fruitless, wasteful and irregular expenditure reach such huge amounts.

When viewing this waste it becomes clear why Ratings Africa, a nationally renowned municipal ratings agency, placed Kouga Municipality the very last on financial sustainability in Eastern Cape municipalities and fourth last in all of South African municipalities.

The unauthorized expenditure includes items like the following:
• Employee related costs R50.8 m
• Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment (2010/11 and 2011/12) R2.287m
• Over expenditure on budget vote: remuneration of Councillors (2012/13) R211 970

The fruitless and wasteful expenditure included:
• Interest and penalties R23.7m
• Payments made to directors while on suspension for more than 6 months R23.7m
• Legal costs relating to unfair dismissal R1.5m
• Settlement paid out to previous Municipal Manager R859 401

Irregular expenditure included:
• Study loans granted to employees contrary to section 164(c) of MFMA R401 371
• Performance bonuses paid to section 57 employees contrary to legislation R368 665
• Receipts misappropriated from caravan park R40 000
• Forensic investigation implicating two officials in SCM irregularities R1.8m
• Forging of signature for service provider procured for cutting of grass R19 500
• Tender awarded to business associate of a director of Kouga Municipality R13.8m

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It remains an open question how many millions of the above transactions, in which the municipality actually lost money, could have been wisely spent on infrastructural deficiencies and proper service delivery in both poorly developed Kouga areas as well as much needed attention in all of Kouga’s towns.

The DA component in Kouga Council tried in vain to spell out the correct MFMA legislatory, National Treasury (Circular 68) and Regulation 32141 steps to be taken which inter alia require that:

• After investigation by a Council Committee a full report must be submitted to Council;
• Grounds must be shown as to why an expenditure should written off;
• Council can only write off an expenditure when it is certified irrecoverable;
• Only unauthorized expenditure from the previous financial year may be written off in an adjustment budget.

None of the above legislatory or National Treasury’s regulations were adhered to by the ANC-led Council.

The writing off even included those unauthorized and wasteful expenses from previous years that were made by previous Councils and administrations. In the Council agenda the exact wording of a regulation was even changed from “…may only deal with unauthorized expenditure from the previous financial year” (own underlining) to ”…previous financial years”.

The legality of this ought to be determined.

Many councillors, officials and the general public present experienced the most heated and explosive debate in the history of Kouga Council’s 16 year existence.

The ANC component all voted for the writing off of the expenditures and the DA voted against the recommendations by voting by division i.e. all their names were recorded as a vote against the resolution.

With irrational resolutions like the above it is clear why the Kouga community is demanding a change to the DA at the helm of Kouga Municipality.

What R 289 million can buy

November 21, 2014

The Auditor General recently reported that the national and provincial Departments of Health racked up R 289 million in fruitless and wasteful expenditure.

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Of this staggering amount of money, the Western Cape Health Department contributed a mere R 60,000. The DA is committed to making this zero.

But that leaves R 288 940 000 in wasteful and fruitless expenditure attributable to ANC run national and provincial governments.

This is theft from the poor, the marginalised and the excluded.
R 289 million can pay for 144 500 wheelchairs or 20 643 hearing aids or put 2 847 on TB drugs per year or 25 087 antiretrovirals per year or repair and upgrade 60 clinics.

The ANC clearly have little idea about how to run an honest government, especially those who have become the normal suspects in the rogues gallery of the corrupt: Free State, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and Eastern Cape.

It is time for change.