Had it not been for the intervention of the DA’s Court Watching Briefs Unit, cases like that of Free State farmer Alison Oates may never have seen the inside of a courtroom, and Ms Oates would still be living in close proximity to one of her alleged attackers.
After intervention by the Unit, Ms Oates will hopefully finally get the justice she rightly deserves after a five-year struggle to see her attackers investigated, prosecuted and sentenced.
The DA is doing everything possible to pressure government into taking farm attacks and murders more seriously and implement our Rural Safety Plan as a matter of urgency. We have also:
Referred hate speech social media posts glorifying farm murders to the Human Rights Commission for investigation.
Written to President Ramaphosa calling on him to apologise for denying the fact that men and women in our rural areas are living in fear while still working 24/7 to feed our country, and imploring him to take urgent action against farm attacks and murders.
Tabled a plan in Parliament that calls for Rural Safety Units to be implemented in the SAPS urgently, among other measures.
Whilst we have made many gains in the fight to protect lives and livelihoods, there is still a long road ahead of us. If you are in a position to support our continued efforts to help our country recover, please consider making a contribution.
WATCH: A reflection on interventions made over 100 days of lockdown
The fact is that South Africa needs the DA to keep fighting for it.
We have been working hard both in government and in opposition, to fight for the rights of South Africans during this unprecedented time – but there is still a long road ahead of us.
If you are in a position to support our continued efforts to protect lives and livelihoods, and help our country recover, please consider making a contribution.
Your donation will go towards finding court action, the likes of which has seen sectors left out of Level 3, such as hairdressers, begin safely opening up.
Every Rand counts.
Some of the milestones in the DA’s fight to protect lives and livelihoods
19 March: Government adopts the DA’s proposal to allow businesses to skip Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) payments to stay afloat. 31 March: Government adopts the DA’s proposal to suspend import duty on life-saving face masks. 01 April: The DA launches dedicated hotline to allow the public to report police and army abuse. 07 May: The DA petitions the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to make any funds obtained from them by the South African government conditional on non-racial use, or any other arbitrary criteria. 14 May: Just after the DA files papers challenging the ban on e-commerce, the pressure sees government reversing their irrational ban, announcing that all products can be sold online. 14 May: The DA’s legal challenges to the night curfew and the restriction on exercise hours help see these irrational restrictions lifted in Lockdown Level 3. (We will pursue them again in the event that South Africa goes back to Level 4 and these irrational restrictions resurface.) 22 May: After launching a court case to challenge government’s ban on NGOs distributing food to desperate and hungry people, the DA wins a reprieve from the High Court that allows charities to continue their work! 19 June: DA court action against the irrational ban on personal care services, like hairdressing, prompts a lift on the ban and the publishing of regulations! 24 June: In court, the DA successfully squashes Minister Zulu’s latest food distribution restrictions that would have blocked food relief as organisations became mired in paperwork.
Key coronavirus interventions by DA governments
Western Cape COVID-19 Response:
Africa’s biggest high-tech COVID-19 hospital.
R968 million committed towards COVID-19 related expenditure across the Western Cape Government.
Ordered over R350 million worth of PPE by May so that healthcare workers have the protection they need.
Opened 19 testing and triage centres to provide additional support to healthcare facilities, work on 16 more underway.
Community campaigns to raise awareness on COVID-19.
Safe “Red Dot Transport Service” for essential workers.
Transport sanitising, to ensure that commuters travel safely across the province.
41 quarantine and isolation facilities available offering over 4000 beds.
Additional R53 million allocated to food relief programmes in the Western Cape.
11 000 COVID-19 safety kits to be rolled out to Western Cape businesses.
Safely reopening schools, R450 million spent so far on preparing schools.
Cape Town COVID-19 Response:
Providing rates relief to struggling ratepayers while maintaining service delivery.
The City has created a R3.3 billion social package to provide rates relief to the indigent, disabled and pensioners.
Passed a strong R9.6 billion to ensure that public infrastructure projects support the local economy and job creation.
Caring for vulnerable residents, supporting over 200 soup kitchens.
Cape Town has achieved the country’s highest service reach to the homeless under lockdown.
City councillors pooled R12 million in emergency food relief from their ward allocation savings.
Delivered over 51 million litres of emergency water, including sanitation provisions in informal settlements.
Commuters will benefit from reduced MyCiTi fees from this July. City clinics are screening and testing for COVID-19 in support of the provincial effort.
Health response: – Management of patients at clinics, including construction work. – Screening and testing. – PPE for frontline staff. – Distancing management at workplaces. – CTICC field hospital. – 20 000 hygiene care packs distributed.
Recently distributed 20 000 COVID-19 hygiene care packs to communities.
Support to keeping the economy going: – 3600 building plans to the value of R4.1 bn approved during the lockdown. – 250 land use applications resolved. – 1 billion paid to suppliers during April and May. – A 97% payment of accounts. – 25 billion in tenders and purchase orders awarded to businesses. – 9000 informal trading permits issued. – 3000 business toolkits.
In our unrelenting fight to protect our democracy and help every single South African who needs emergency coronavirus relief get the help that’s available from government, we have been hard at work approaching the courts and the potential source of much of the relief funding, the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
This is the progress we have made so far:
Because we strongly oppose the decision by President Ramaphosa to close the nation’s public schools for four weeks, we are approaching the courts, on the basis that it is politically rather than scientifically motivated and not in the best interests of South Africa’s 14 million schoolchildren.
Our papers have been lodged and a full case has been argued before the High Court to challenge the discriminatory use of the coronavirus emergency relief fund. It isn’t right for government to exclude citizens from this relief based on their, or their employer’s race and other arbitrary criteria!
We have petitioned the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to make any funds obtained from them by the South African government conditionalon non-racial use, or any other arbitrary criteria.
The day after we filed papers challenging the ban on e-commerce, the pressure saw government reverse their irrational ban, announcing that all products could be sold online. And our legal challenges to the night curfew and the restriction on exercise hours helped see these irrational restrictions lifted in Lockdown Level 3. We will pursue them again in the event that South Africa goes back to Level 4 and these irrational restrictions resurface.
We are challenging the constitutionality of the aspect of the Disaster Management Act that allows the National Command Council to make decisions as they please, without any checks and balances!
After launching a court case against government’s ban on NGOs distributing food to desperate and hungry people cut off from providing for themselves during lockdown we won a reprieve! These NGOs can continue to feed the hungry until our case against the feeding scheme ban is heard later this month.
We also successfully squashed Minister Zulu’s latest food distribution restrictions that would have blocked food relief as organisations became mired in bureaucratic processes. The Minister capitulated and agreed to pay our costs.
After our legal team filed urgent papers in the Western Cape High Court to have the ban and criminalisation of “personal care” services, which includes hairdressers, declared invalid and unconstitutional, the looming court action jolted government into publishing regulations that enable this sector to open.
After filing an urgent court application to interdict Mboweni’s South African Airways (SAA) bailout using “emergency” powers, we welcomed Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni’s, categorical commitment, under oath, not to do another SAA bailout in secret and a commitment that there is no “imminent” plan to do so. We have thus removed our application from the urgent court roll but retained our application on the normal court roll, should the need arise in future to prevent the Minister from using Section 16 of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) for the same purpose.
Right now, these legal challenges of ours are what stand in the way of a slide towards a one-party fiefdom, where laws and regulations are simply issued by decree.
It is in every single South African’s interest that we succeed.
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Afterfiling papers in the High Court to urgently prevent the unlawful use of B-BBEE status, race, gender or age as criteria for relief or assistance at this tough time, the DA has approached the potential source of most of the relief funding – the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Your donation will go towards funding this court action and our campaign to get the plight of businesses that are being unfairly discriminated against, because they aren’t B-BBEE compliant for example, heard on a global scale.
The virus does not discriminate, and it is indefensible that the South African government should do so when deciding who is deserving of their help and who is not.
In his recent annual update, Premier Alan Winde left everyone with the sense that he and his team are running the Western Cape Government like a successful business operation.
Apart from running the biggest provincial safety plan of its kind in the whole country, there is a laser-like focus on growing the economy, and this includes efforts to free residents from Eskom by challenging its monopoly and introducing green energy sources.
For this progress to continue, we need to keep towns and cities in this province DA.
We are just 40 weeks awayfrom the 2021 election campaign kickoff. If you want to see DA-led progress continue in the Western Cape, please consider making a contribution to our 2021 municipal campaign fund.
With your support, we can invest in getting Premier Winde and the DA’s governance track-record into the hearts and minds of every resident in the province.
The success of this safety plan, the largest of its kind in South Africa’s democratic history, hinges on us consistently having an effective and collaborative relationship with municipalities in the Western Cape, most of which are run by the DA. So, with the 2021 municipal elections coming up, it is vital that we keep these municipalities blue – the long-term safety of our communities relies on it!
Make a contribution to our campaign fund, so that we keep municipalities throughout the Western Cape blue by helping us to keep making progress after the 2021 municipal elections!