Utilise DSD-safe shelters Now!

The National Department of Public Works sponsored six buildings for the Gauteng Department of Social Development (DSD) meant to shelter victims of Gender Based Violence (GBV) and homeless people.

According to the department, they did not know whether the buildings were an outright donation or for lease, or short team usage.

The DA’s pressure pushed DSD to seek clarity from the Department of Public Works about these buildings and confirmed that they would be utilising them soon. However, DSD has still not used these buildings. So, while the department dithers, victims of GBV suffer.

Sign this petition demanding that the Gauteng Department of Social Development urgently utilises the six shelters to ensure:

  • That the victims of GBV and Homeless people are given dignified places to stay until they can get on their feet;
  • Safe homes are provided as a crucial step to getting victims away from perpetrators of GBV;
  • The provision of food and first aid assistance to the homeless.

Say NO to Gender-Based-Violence!

We, the undersigned wish to remind the President, Mr Ramaphosa that the Constitution of our country provides that Parliament has an obligation to respect, protect, promote and fulfil the rights in the Bill of Rights. This includes the right to freedom and security of persons, which includes the right to be free from violence.

Regardless of the existence of the release of the National Strategic Plan, and the continuous efforts of Women’s Rights’ Organisations, there has been absolutely no reprieve from the slaughter of women.

Data from the South African Police Service indicates that sexual offences and rape increased by 13% between 2017/2018 and 2021/2022. Between the first quarter of 2021 and the first quarter of 2022 there was a 52% increase in the murder of women, and 46% increase in the number of children murdered.

The Constitution also calls on Members of Parliament (MPs) to swear to obey, respect and uphold the Constitution and other laws of South Africa. This means that all MPs must ensure that our rights are fulfilled and upheld, including ensuring that we do not experience violence. However, the Minister of Safety and Security, Bheki Cele, the very person who is entrusted to ensure that the vulnerable are protected from violent monsters, endorsed the violation of those rights when told a lady that she was lucky she was raped only once. Any hope of women feeling safe, walking freely at any time, enjoying a night out with friends were totally shattered.

It is time to end the endless commissions, discussions and summits, Mr President. While you spend time talking, women in South Africa, particularly in KwaZulu-Natal are being murdered. Every single day reveals more murder and rape. Every single day, women leave their homes with uncertainty and fear.

We don’t want to hear your plans. We want to see justice for women!

Sakhile residents are in dire need of a second police station

The population of Standerton (in the Lekwa Local Municipality) has increased from just over 10 000 in 2011 to 74 021 in 2022.  Majority of residents in Standerton reside in the formalised-informal settlements such as Shivovo, TLC, Extension One and Rooikoppen.  Hence, the current police station and its staff-members are too small to deal with the growing population and criminal activities in the area.  When residents are in need of police intervention when faced by criminal acts, it takes longer for police to arrive at the scene to assist.

Some of the challenges that contribute to the inability of the police to assist residents are:

  1. The distance the police need to travel from where the police station is;
  2. Insufficient officials, when police officers are attending to another query there may not be enough members to cover the other areas;
  3. As well as the shortages of police-vehicles.

The current staff establishment at the police station was meant to service the population as per the 2011 statistics.  When the population grows, we believe SAPS staff compliment should too.

We, the residents of Sakhile Township, therefore calls on government to allocate and build a second police station in our community.  We are of a firm belief that a second police station will make the work of the police more efficient and also curb crime that is currently affecting the lives of residents.

Scrap the new NPOs funding model now!

The Gauteng Department of Social Development (DSD) has initiated a new Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs) funding model which will result in more suffering for older persons and children who are the most vulnerable in the province.

The new funding model for NPOs is based on an institutional realignment strategy with a focus on “building state capacity” and reducing the reliance on NPOs. The department claims that the NPOs have been misusing the funds given to them by the department.

Therefore, the DA and the Gauteng Welfare Organisations are demanding that the department must reconsider its decision based on the following:

  • Thousands of needy people who are solely dependent on NPOs for social services and survival will suffer.
  • This new NPOs funding model will also result in job losses, with many NPOs being forced to shut down because they are solely dependent on the department for funding.
  • The NPOs will lose donor funding as the department will be taking over the roles and work of the NPOs.
  • This department has constantly failed to spend its entire budget and achieve all its targets and will not be able to execute the mandate of the NPOs. 

Amanzi ayimpilo!!!

Njengeqembu le-DA siyakholelwa ekutheni ukungalethwa kwamanzi kubantu kuphazamisa amalungelo abo futhi kuyilungelo labo ukuthola amanzi ahlanzekile ngaphandle kwamanzi ayikho impilo kubantu

Abukho ubulungiswa ekutheni abantu baphuze nezilwane, uMasipala waseZululand uyehluleka nokuletha izimoto zamanzi.

Amanzi ayimpilo!

Petition to save Johannesburg

We as the DA will focus our attention on regaining the City of Johannesburg and stop the ANC and their unlawful coalition partners from looting the city a second time and again paying no heed to the needs of the residents.

The DA will not stand by while the ANC and its allies use corrupt means to grab power.

Save Johannesburg by signing this petition! #HandsOffJoburg

Transparency in water quality in Ethekwini

Residents in Ethekwini have been given fair reason to doubt the cleanliness of water provided by the Municipality since the April floods, with some evidence indicating that the quality of drinking water in some areas may have led to someone’s death. Some communities still go for days without access to any water, with delayed, inaccurate, or non-existent tanker distribution schedules. Tourism is taking a knock with constant closure of major beaches due to high E-Coli counts.

Residents have a right to know when they will be getting water, and what the quality of that water is! The DA is calling on the municipality to publish on an easily accessible page on their website, daily, the results of all water testing done, as well as the distribution schedules for all tankers in the Metropolitan. We want transparency!

Sign our petition, and insist on getting access to regular and accurate information that is essential to life.

Food prices are out of control!

Dear Minister Godongwana,

We who have signed this letter, urge you to use your Medium Term Budget on 26 October to make fundamental food price interventions, and to use the budget tools you have to protect South Africans from out of control rising food prices.

The DA calls on you to act urgently to reduce the cost of living and the cost of food. Our plan of five urgent policy proposals would bring immediate relief to starving South Africans.

We demand that National Government:

  1. Cut fuel taxes and levies to decrease the cost of transporting food
  2. Reallocate the R50 million food aid for Cuba to feed hungry people at home
  3. Scrap VAT on the food items most commonly purchased by the poorest households by reviewing and expanding the zero-rated food baskets
  4. Review and reduce import tariffs on foods consumed by low-income households
  5. Provide private title to all land reform beneficiaries to increase food supply and security while reducing prices

The hunger crisis is urgent and yet the ANC government has to date done little to nothing about it. Either you don’t care, or you have no solutions.

South Africans deserve a government that cares about them.

The social cost of ignoring this crisis will far outweigh the cost of intervening to bring relief.

The DA will not let up until this hunger crisis is addressed. The DA does care, and we do have solutions.

Regards,
The Democratic Alliance

We demand water in Polokwane now!

Some areas in Polokwane have been without any water for 3 weeks.

The Polokwane Municipality and Lepelle Northern Water have continually infringed upon residents of Polokwane’s Constitutional right to water.

The DA demands that water be restored to ALL users within the Municipality.

Enough is enough!

Say NO to Gender-Based-Violence!

Dubbed the “murder capital” of the country and also in the top 10 for rape and sexual offences, the Umlazi SAPS has done little to nothing to address these crimes, as the numbers continue to increase year-on-year.

At the receiving end, are the most vulnerable in our communities, our women .

It is high time that the police address these heinous crimes against our WOMEN and create safer communities!

We are saying NO to Gender-Based Violence, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!