Let’s fight for timeous maintenance payments to beneficiaries by East London Magistrate Court

The East London Magistrate Court is failing to timeously pay out child maintenance to beneficiaries and making it impossible to feed their children.

The DA will not stand idly by and watch our children suffer while the Covid-19 pandemic is sweeping through the country and wreaking havoc on South Africa’s already fragile economy.

We demand that government complies with the following demand:

  • The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Ronald Lamola, must intervene and ensure that the East London Magistrate Court pays beneficiaries in order for them to be able to feed their children.

Enough is enough!

Meneer die President, dringende ingryping en verskoning jeens plaasaanvalle en -moorde nodig

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Meneer die President,

Tydens ’n onderhoud in September 2018 met die finansiële nuusdiens, Bloomberg, het u gesê daar is “geen moorde op boere … in Suid-Afrika”.

Maar boere, plaaswerkers, en besoekers aan plase (van alle rasse) was destyds vermoor, en word steeds vandag vermoor.

Hierdie moorde gaan dikwels met vreeslike marteling van die boere en plaaswerkers, hul ouers, hul vrouens, en hul kinders, gepaard.

Wat u destyds kwytgeraak het was ’n leuen.  

Inteendeel, ten tye van u onderhoud was daar 54 boere en plaaswerkers gruwelik op Suid-Afrikaanse plase vermoor, en daar was 394 aanvalle.

Plase in Suid-Afrika is steeds vier keer gevaarliker as enige ander gebiede in die land.

In 2018 was daar 395 plaasaanvalle en 56 plaasmoorde.

In 2019 was daar 419 plaasaanvalle en 56 plaasmoorde.

En tydens die Covid-19 grendelperiode het plaasaanvalle en -moorde die hoogte in geskiet.

Ons vra, Meneer die President, dat u nie net u verklaring terugtrek nie, maar ook onomwonde die mans en vrouens wat in vrees in landelike gebiede woon, maar steeds 24/7 werk om die land te voed, om verskoning vra.

Ons vra ook weer dat u dringende aandag aan die kwessie van plaasaanvalle en -moorde gee.

Die Demokratiese Alliansie, ook DA Skadu Minister van Staatsveiligheid, Dianne Kohler Barnard LP (sien video hierbo), neem die volgende dringende stappe om plaasaanvalle en -moorde aan te spreek:

💬 Versoek om ’n debat van nasionale belang in die parlement.
🚨 Wanneer gepas, plaasaanvalle as Haatmisdade aangee.
🕵️ Implimentering van moniteringsinstruksies om oor ondersoeke en hofverrigtinge toesig te hou.
🔬 Toenemend navorsing doen en statistieke opdateer.
🚓 Verbeterde samewerking met landbou-unies en ondersteuning van plaaspatrollies.
👨‍🌾 Volgehoue ondersteuning vir grondebesit en finansiële bystand vir ontluikende boere.
🤝 Verbetering van die verhouding tussen die SAPD en boere.
👮 Volgehoue druk vir hervestiging van volledig toegeruste spesialis-eenhede.
🚔 Vra vir opskerping van die ondersoekende kapasiteit van landelike SAPD stasies.
🚨 Vra dat die SAPD landelike aanvalle herklassifiseer as prioriteitsmisdade.
🌾 Veg teen onteiening sonder vergoeding.
🏠 Vra vir ’n hersiening van regulasies oor grondbesetting.
🧾 Vra dat boere wat geld aan privaatsekuriteit bestee, belastingverligting kry.
🕵️ Aanvraag vir groter misdaadintelligensiekapasiteit in landelike gebiede.
🚓 Die noodsaaklikheid van grensbeheer uitlig.
🤝 ’n Gesamentlike ministeriële beraad oor landelike veiligheid aanvra.

Meneer die President, u moet Suid-Afrikaanse plaaswerkers en boere om verskoning vra, en daadwerklik optree om die situasie te beredder.

Slegs dan sal hulle, wat dag en nag werk om ons nasie te voed, soos gewaardeerde lede van hierdie strategiese bate van ons land voel.

Mr President, apologise and take urgent action to address farm attacks and murders now

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Mr President,

In a September 2018 interview with financial news service, Bloomberg, you said that there were “no killings of … farmers in South Africa.”

In fact, farmers, farm-workers, and visitors to farms (of all races) were being killed, and are still being killed today.

These murders often involve the most terrible torture of the farmers and farm-workers, their parents, their wives, and their children.

What you said then was false.

In fact, at the time, there were 54 farmers and farm-workers who were horribly murdered on South African farms and smallholdings, and there were 394 vicious attacks.

Still today, it is four times more dangerous to be on a farm than in other area of South Africa.

In 2018 there were 394 attacks and 56 murders.

In 2019 there were 419 attacks and 56 murders.

And during lockdown, the instance of farm attacks and murders has been even higher!

We ask, Sir, that you not only retract that statement, but apologise to the men and women in our rural areas who are living in fear while still working 24/7 to feed our country.

We also continue to ask that you take urgent action against farm attacks and murders.

The Democratic Alliance, including DA Shadow Minister of State Security, Dianne Kohler Barnard MP (as seen in the video above), is taking urgent action to stop farm attacks by:   

💬 Requesting a debate of national importance in Parliament.
🚨 Reporting attacks as Hate Crimes when called for.
🕵️ Allocating a Watching Brief that closely tracks investigations and court proceedings to ensure that attackers end up behind bars.
🔬 Requesting a massive increase in research and statistics.
🚓 Improving work done with agricultural unions and assisting farm patrols.
👨‍🌾 Continuing to drive land ownership and financial support for emerging farmers.
🤝 Working on improving SAPS/farmer relationships.
👮 Continuing to push for fully outfitted, dedicated policing units to be reintroduced. 
🚔 Asking for a boost in rural SAPS investigative capacity.
🚨 Asking that SAPS re-categorise rural attacks as priority crimes.
🌾 Continuing to fight Expropriation Without Compensation at every turn.
🏠 Asking for a review of land occupation regulations.
🧾 Asking for tax relief measures for farmers paying for private security.
🕵️ Calling for greater Crime Intelligence capacity in rural areas.
🚓 Continuing to stress the need for border control.
🤝Calling for a Joint Ministerial Summit on Rural Safety.

Mr President, apologise to South Africa’s farmers and farm-workers, and take urgent action to address this crisis.

Only then will they begin to feel like valued members of this Strategic Asset in our country, as they continue to work, day and night, to feed our great nation.

Steve Tshwete Local Municipality must execute it’s By-Laws!

We, the undersigned residents of the Steve Tshwete Local Municipality call on the Steve Tshwete Local Council to execute its By-Laws, namely by rezoning of the property registered as Nomndeni Zamabhele Lodge, situated at 74 Jan Cilliers Street in Golfsig.  The house is officially rezoned as a guesthouse, it is however, now being used as a “Health-Care-Centre”. 

No advertisement or notice have been given from owner that their intention is to use the property as a “health care centre” for a Covid-19 Isolation Centre.  The Council is failing to ensure that residents’ rights are not violated and they live in an environment that is safe for their well-being, by allowing the Covid-19 Isolation Centre in the middle of a residential suburb; namely, the Nomndeni Zamabhele Lodge.  An urgent solution must be reached to solve this problem. As the community of Golfsig we request that the Covid-19 Isolation Centre in the above mentioned address must be closed IMMEDIATELY!!!

Petition for traffic signals at R513 Brits Road and Sallie Street

We, the undersigned residents of Ward 4 Tshwane Municipality, request the Gauteng Province Department of Road and Transport to erect traffic signals on the following intersections: R513 Brits Road and Sallie Street.

Motorist from adjacent roads struggle to join the R513 during peak hours and it results in major accidents.

Enough is enough!

Make our roads safe!

Enough is enough! Give us our power!

We, the residents of Mamelodi, have had enough of the constant blackouts. Electrical repairs in our area take ages!

Government must account to the people and deliver basic services. It is our right.

We call on the City of Tshwane and the unlawfully appointed administrators to put the residents of the city and Mamelodi first: ensure our basic right to electricity and keep the lights on!

ENSURE WASTE REMOVAL SERVICES IN SIYATHUTHUKA NOW!

We, the undersigned residents of Siyathuthuka in Emakhazeni  demand that the  Acting Municipal Manager ensures that refuse removal services resumes in Siyathuthuka.  The failure of the municipality to provide the service has given rise to illegal dumping of dead animals and refuse right in the front of our homes, making it an environmental hazard which is harmful to us and our children. The area has a lot of discarded face masks making it a health hazard during this corona virus pandemic. Given the above, we call on the Acting Municipal Manager,  Mr. Lucas Mamaleka to:

(i) Enforce s3(1) of the municipality’s draft waste management by-laws which places a duty on the municipality to ensure an efficient, affordable, economical and sustainable access to waste management services.

(ii) To deal with the issue of illegal dumping and ensure that all these sites are cleared as it is resulting in land pollution.

It is time to take back your power

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Enough is enough! Residents and businesses across the City of Ekurhuleni are subjected to crippling electricity outages on a weekly basis.

In fact, the City of Ekurhuleni suffers from 1 570 unplanned power outages a day!

The city must get its house in order.

We, the residents of the City of Ekurhuleni call for the following immediate action to fix the situation:

  • The portfolio committee of COGTA in Parliament must investigate why the City of Ekurhuleni cannot provide proper electrical maintenance after hours due to exceeding the overtime allowance permitted.
  • The Committee must also ensure that the City of Ekurhuleni has enough qualified staff to deliver services.
  • The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) must conduct an immediate forensic audit of the Ekurhuleni Electricity Department in order to determine whether the Metro has transgressed any of its license requirements.
  • All vacant postswithin the Electricity Department must be filled immediately, as the Department is currently operating on a 70% staffing level.
  • All electricians and technicians must immediately provide “tools of trade” so that they can provide a service to the residents of City of Ekurhuleni.
  • The Parliamentary Portfolio Committees on COGTA, Energy and Public Enterprises must investigate the electricity crisiswithin the City of Ekurhuleni.
  • Eskom, insofar as it is responsible for the supply and maintenance of electricity to the metro, must fulfil its obligations fully and timeously.

Sign the petition to show your support.

Petition to remove MEC Lebogang Maile

The residents of Tshwane have suffered enough under ANC Gauteng Cooperative Governance MEC, Lebogang Maile!

The ANC’s MEC has played with the livelihoods of the residents of Tshwane for far too long. 

His illegal decision to place the City of Tshwane under administration is nothing but a poorly disguised attempt to take back, undemocratically, what the ANC had lost at the ballot box. 

When the matter went to the North Gauteng High Court, the Court laid the blame for the chaos in the Tshwane Council firmly at the feet of the ANC and EFF.

Besides the unlawfulness of his actions, the MEC has wasted taxpayers’ money on needless legal costs which could have been directed towards fixing critical service delivery issues in Tshwane.

Enough is enough! The persistent attempts to undermine the democratically elected DA-led government in Tshwane must end now. 

Sign our petition calling on Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, to fire MEC Maile immediately. 

MEC Maile is an embarrassment to the provincial government and should not be allowed to hold any public office.

Sign the petition.

IMPROVE BASIC SERVICE DELIVERY IN LEKWA LOCAL MUNICIPALITY NOW

We, the undersigned residents of Lekwa local municipality have gone far too long without basic service delivery from the municipality. The escalating Eskom debt the municipality has is severely affecting the quality of the services that is being delivered.  We are being load shed for hours on end because of exceeding the notified maximum demand from Eskom. Our water that is coming out of our taps is dirty and the roads we drive on is treacherous and endangering our lives.

Given the above, we call on the MEC of CoGTA, Mandla Msibi to follow through with placing the municipality under administration and also:

  1. Increase our Notified Maximum Demand as residents suffer in the winter months. Ensure the municipality sticks to the Eskom repayment as the related load shedding not only affects our daily lives but is damaging our appliances and spoiling our food.
  2. Improve the quality of our water that is coming out of the taps from the treatment plants and fix the potholes in our towns and residences.