Cyclone Kenneth: Does Mboweni have a plan in place to prevent potential rolling power blackouts?

A powerful Cyclone is reportedly moving towards Northern Mozambique. This would be the second storm system to hit the country in just over a month. In March, another powerful Cyclone Idai made two landfalls in Mozambique.

During the first storm the transmission line to South Africa was affected, cutting electricity supplies by 900 MW and thereby worsening the chronic electricity shortage in the country. This means that South Africa should brace itself for more rolling power blackouts as the electricity supply might be affected by the impending threat of tropical cyclone Kenneth.

Last week, it emerged that government has already issued a R17 billion emergency bailout to Eskom which was intended to pay bills due at the end of March and to save Eskom from a total collapse.

This raises numerous questions: If emergency funds were already given to Eskom for operational requirements, will there be emergency funds available should hurricane Kenneth strike and destabilize our electricity grid? And, where will those funds come from? Also with government raiding emergency contingency funding, how will President Ramaphosa fund the relief efforts already underway in the Eastern Cape and Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Clearly Eskom has an inadequate cash flow to fund its capital expenditure program or sustain operational expenditure, the Democratic Alliance (DA) therefore calls on Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni to come clean about the plans that National Treasury and government have in place to mitigate against potential power failures suffered as a result of this looming cyclone since they have already spent R17 billion emergency funds just for Eskom’s to meet its day-to-day operational requirements.

Eskom will not to be able to generate enough internal cash to meet its obligations over the next five years. That is why, last year, the DA introduced the Independent Systems Market Operator (ISMO) Bill that seeks to break Eskom into two separate entities – a generation and transmission/distribution entity. This would cheapen the cost of electricity, bring about much needed competition and ensure that South Africa is not being forced to pay for the corruption and mismanagement which has taken place at Eskom.

South Africans need to know that the ANC government is prepared to plunge the country into debt, just to keep the lights on for the next 14 days until Election Day.

While we cannot control the force of nature and bad weather, we can put measures through proper governance and management to mitigate the damages natural disasters might bring.

The only way to put an end to this cloud of uncertainty surrounding Eskom is for South Africans to vote for change on May 8th. South Africans must be under NO illusions, after the elections, and if left in power the ANC will plunge country into darkness or a financial crisis – or both.

Only the DA has a plan to keep the lights on and turn around the mess at Eskom.

DA calls for prosecution of Jiba and Mrwebi following Mokgoro Inquiry findings

The Democratic Alliance (DA) notes reports on the outcome of the inquiry conducted by retired Justice Yvonne Mokgoro, finding Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi unfit for office.

If reports are accurate, it is indeed a great day for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the criminal justice system as a whole.

A finding that Jiba and Mwrebi effectively sold out to the highest bidder and in the process played a massive role in the state capture mechanism which allowed the scale of corruption we have witnessed to proceed with almost guaranteed impunity.

The Mokgoro Inquiry findings vindicates all those individuals who testified before it and demonstrates the levels to which they stooped to accommodate their political masters.

The almost total decimation of the entire criminal justice system was the result of these and other officials ignoring their constitutional duties and aligning themselves with whoever made the highest bid.

If the reports are correct, then President Cyril Ramaphosa can do nothing else but fire them both, and the NPA should give serious consideration to prosecuting them both.

We will not let the ANC stop the people of Gwatyu from owning their land

The following remarks were delivered today by Democratic Alliance (DA) Leader, Mmusi Maimane, at a picket outside the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform in East London, Eastern Cape. Maimane was joined by DA Eastern Cape Premier Candidate, Nqaba Bhanga. Attached please find a copy of the memorandum that was delivered to the Department.

Today we are gathered outside the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform in East London to send a clear message to the ANC government: the people of Gwatyu in the Eastern Cape are finished playing your games! They want rightful ownership of the land they’ve lived on for generations. I am joined by members of the Gwatyu Communal Property Association (CPA) who have led the valiant fight on behalf of over 1500 residents of Gwatyu that still do not own the land they rightfully should.

The people of Gwatyu have been in an endless battle with the ANC government for over two years seeking the transfer of ownership of the approximately 42 000 hectares – constituting 88 farms – from the government to the Gwatyu CPA. It appears the ANC government is hellbent on keeping these South Africans dependent on the state, rather than giving them ownership of the land they live on.

It cannot be that 25 years into democracy, many South Africans have yet to taste true freedom – including the freedom to own property, to prosper, and to create a better life for themselves and their loved ones. All we have been left with is empty promises from a party that has no offer for the people of South Africa.

The demands of the people are simple: the official registration of the Gwatyu CPA, the release of the land rights enquiry conducted by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, and the transfer of land ownership rights to the people of Gwatyu.

Over a year ago, after hearing the plight of these South Africans, I personally visited the village of Gwatyu and committed to take this fight to Parliament and if need be, to the courts.

Following raising this matter in Parliament, the Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, committed to me in writing on 19 June 2018 to deliver the land rights enquiry to the people Gwatyu by 28 October 2019. Almost six months later and Minister Nkoana-Mashabane has failed to honour her word.

The ANC government is waging a war of attrition against the people of Gwatyu, hoping they will give up on their fight. But they underestimate their resolve. The Gwatyu CPA unite around the creed of “nothing for us, about us, without us” and will not relent in this fight.

We have now ramped up our fight. The DA’s legal team has formally approached Minister Nkoana-Mashabane in writing requiring urgent answers to the following:

  • What steps have been taken since receipt of the report into the much-anticipated land rights inquiry to arrange for a stakeholder meeting and presentation of the report;
  • Who in the Ministers office is tasked with arranging this meeting;
  • Who from the Gwatyu CPA is her office contacting to facilitate this meeting; and
  • Provide a date that this urgent meeting will take place.

The Minister has a constitutional duty to prioritise this matter, and our legal team has given the Minister until the end of today, 25 April 2019, to respond. If the Minister fails, we will be left with no choice but to approach the courts.

The sad reality is that the 1500 members of the Gwatyu CPA remain in the same position they were in during Apartheid – tenants of the land they live on, and at the mercy of government. They have endured decades of empty promises and are no closer to owning their land now than they were twenty years ago.

The DA’s fight is to ensure more South Africans are owners of the land they live on. Title to land fosters ownership and economic empowerment. It puts people locked out of economic opportunity on the first rung of the asset accumulation ladder. It allows people to leverage this asset, to generate income, and to leave a real asset for their children after they pass away. It also restores the dignity of our people.

As long as the ANC are the gatekeepers of this land, this resilient community will keep on being excluded as economic outsiders by ANC insiders. The DA’s pledge to bring change that builds one nation with one future is a commitment to see justice done that registers the Gwatyu CPA, transfers land ownership to the CPA and puts a job in every home of the community.

The people of Gwatyu deserve so much better than another five years of empty ANC promises. Their struggle is our struggle, and we stand in solidarity with this community who have long been forgotten by the ANC.

Presidential inauguration costs will soar to R120 million

The following remarks were delivered today by the Chief Whip of the Official Opposition, John Steenhuisen MP, in Parliament. The supporting documents can be found here and here.

It is no secret that the South African economy is in dire straits. The government has had to fork out billions of taxpayer’s money to prop up failing SOEs which have been gutted by decades of ANC corruption and mismanagement.

President Cyril Ramaphosa is fully aware of the state of our country and the fact that 10 million South Africans cannot find a job and put food on the table. Yet, in the face all this, the DA can confirm that the Presidential inauguration, scheduled to take place on 25 May 2019 at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Tshwane, is set to cost South Africans an astounding R120 million.

In the wrap up of the 5th Parliament, political parties were informed that the costs for the 2019 Presidential inauguration as well as the opening session of the 6th Parliament would be kept to an absolute minimum given the desperate financial state we find ourselves in after 25 years of ANC rule.

A budget of R60.6 million was requested by the Parliamentary Administration for the rollout of the 2019 Parliamentary inauguration programme which will see all 400 incoming members of Parliament on-boarded, trained and inducted.

National Treasury refused to grant this, leaving Parliament with R8.4 million from their budget for the 20198/19 financial year. To plug this hole, numerous austerity measures were implemented, such as a reduction in staff; the secondment of staff from Provincial Legislatures; the re-utilisation of ICT equipment for new members; as well as negotiation with other government departments to cover strategic costs.

Yet, in spite of the drastic cutbacks being navigated by Parliamentary Administrative Services for the inauguration of incoming MP’s, the public will now have to fork out over R120 million for the wasteful excesses of the Presidential Inauguration ceremony.

By convention, the inauguration of the President is held at the Union Buildings with a select invited audience. While the South African public should be incorporated in the inauguration of a president, it is unconscionable that the presidency will spend hundreds of millions to transport people in, taking precious financial resources from local municipalities to fund this jamboree.

What is even more astounding is that the presidency has instructed the Provinces to send 2 000 municipal delegates to fill the new, larger venue. The presidency has instructed that the cost of transporting these delegates to Tshwane be covered by cash-strapped local municipalities. This could amount to an additional R2 million alone.

The dire financial state of our municipalities is not a secret. Of the country’s municipalities:

  • A total of 128 municipalities are in financial distress.
  • Municipal debt exceeds the total amount allocated to local government from the national fiscus.
  • More than half of the country’s municipalities have serious liquidity challenges, and are failing to deliver services, bill services and collect revenue.
  • Governance, institutional and operational inefficiencies continue to plague these administrations, depriving millions of ordinary South African’s access to even the most basic services such as running water, electricity or sanitation.

Our municipalities should be providing basic services to South Africans, not bussing delegates to political events. It is incredibly irresponsible for the Presidency to redirect monies which could be used to fix potholes, provide water and sanitation to communities, to essentially rent-a-crowd for the inauguration.

In addition, this excessive venture is also presumptuous. The ANC is functioning under the assumption that it will be re-elected come 8 May 2019 when this may not be the case. South Africans are yet to head to the polls and cast their vote and will be doing so in 12 days’ time.

Under a DA government, this excessive spending would not be condoned.

The fact is that Treasury does not even have the money to give to municipalities to cover just their basic debt. Now the Presidency is asking municipalities to pay out even more money for a once off event.

This is the clearest sign yet that the tightening of the expenditure belt has only been lip service. Cyril Ramaphosa is not committed to ensuring the people come ahead of flashy political events that the public must pay for.

We must face up to the fact that the ANC, this time under Ramaphosa, is the same old bus that genuinely does not care about implementing a financial turnaround strategy for this country after the 08 May has come and gone.

On 25 May, South African’s need to know that it is money from their rates and taxes which should be spent on delivering basic services, that will be used to fund Cyril’s hoped-for fan-fare.

A DA run Presidency would immediately slash all ceremonial excesses to an absolute minimum. Our Leaders will be focussed on cutting corruption, delivering services and protecting, and building One South Africa for All.

Ons veg vir die terugkeer van gespesialiseerde landelike veiligheidseenhede

Een Sondagmiddag in 2015 het Vrystaatse boer en DA-raadslid, Alison Oates, by haar huis aangekom toe sy deur twee mans oorval is. Sy is vir ure lank vasgebind, verkrag en gemartel.

Vandag, vier jare later, glo sy die polisiediens en die regstelsel het haar gefaal.

“Geen boere is veilig nie. Ons het veiligheidstralies, ons het alarms, ons het radio’s, maar die laaste 20 jare het ons swak ondersteuning van die polisie gehad en swak steun van ons regstelsel” sê Alison.

Woensdag, 17 April, het Alison saam met die DA se Vrystaatse Premierskandidaat, Patricia Kopane, en ander DA-leiers ‘n landelike veiligheidsoptog in Bloemfontein gelei. Die DA het ‘n memorandum oorhandig aan die Vrystaatse Polisiekommissaris waarin ons vra vir die dringende hervestiging van gespesialiseerde landelike veiligheidseenhede, veral vir die beskerming van kwesbare vroue in landelike areas.

Die DA veg vir die veiligheid van alle Suid-Afrikaners in landelike gemeenskappe. Ons doen al jare lank ‘n beroep op die ANC-regering om gespesialiseerde veiligheidseenhede na ons landelike areas terug te bring.

Onder die DA sal landelike veiligheid ‘n ononderhandelbare regeringsprioriteit wees. Die DA sal ook toesien dat oortreerders spoedig gevang en verhoor word.

Alison sê: “Die idee dat die DA nie boere ondersteun nie, is belaglik. Die DA is die énigste party wat boere ondersteun”…                                              

DA notes Patricia de Lille’s application to the Cape High Court

The Democratic Alliance (DA) notes Patricia de Lille’s application to the Cape High Court.

We view this as yet more publicity seeking from a person whose flailing election campaign has nothing to offer, other than repeated attacks on the DA. We will not stoop to her level. Our focus is on the voters of South Africa who deserve change that builds One South Africa for All. Change where corruption and maladministration is not tolerated.

The simple fact of the matter was that Patricia de Lille was in effect fired from the DA, by having 3 successful motions of confidence against her by her own caucus. It is fair comment in the political realm to thus describe her departure from the DA in these terms.

We have already sought a review of the IEC “directive” on the basis that the IEC lacked any legal power to issue such a directive, the inconsistency and a lack of impartiality on the part of the IEC, and because it was wrong to uphold the complaint on its merits.

Over the course of the past few months, the DA has laid numerous complaints with the IEC where there have been clear prima facie violations by political parties. Despite the gravity of these complaints, they appear to have not received any attention or the requisite urgency.

Such complaints include:

  • A complaint laid against the ANC for inciting violence in Alex for narrow and dangerous electioneering;
  • Most recently, a complaint against the ANC and Ace Magashule for offering money for votes in Cape Town over the weekend.
  • A complaint against Faith Mazibuko for using combi courts to win votes:
  • A complaint laid against the ACDP for buying votes using food parcels;
  • A complaint laid against the ANC and Ebrahim Rasool for making outrageous false statements regarding water contracts in the City of Cape Town.

The IEC has been disturbingly inconsistent and lethargic in dealing with complaints brought before it for urgent investigation that threaten the free and fair status of the upcoming general election.

The IEC must not allow itself to be used as a political football for Ms De Lille’s naked attempts at relevance in this Election. Our country desperately needs change that rid itself of corruption and builds One South Africa for All.

We will not allow for the genuine desire of South Africans for change to be frustrated by anyone or any institution.

South Africa needs free and fair elections on 08 May.

Only the DA has a plan to reintroduce rural safety units

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in North West again reiterates our call to bring back SAPS Rural Safety units – specifically after a second fatal farm attack took place in one week within the JB Marks area.

The second attack during the Easter weekend was fatal. A farmworker was found tied up and murdered in a farmhouse outside town.

The police did not reveal his name as his next of kin has not been notified. It is clear the perpetrators tried to break open a safe in the house but could not succeed.

This murder follows the brutal attack on the Coetzee family on their Vyfhoek farm.

During this attack, Marlu (9) was attacked and injured and had to undergo surgery. His dad Mario was left with serious head injuries. Mario’s mother and grandmother to Marlo, Nellie was hit with a torch and had to get stitches.

The attack that took place before Easter weekend was witnessed by Marlu’s sister Marize (7) who is also severely traumatised by the attack.

The reality, millions of people residing in rural communities are under siege due to violent and vicious crimes due to a failing police service presided over by a failing ANC government.

The ANC has lost the fight against crime and our rural areas are becoming war zones. Farmers and farmworkers are sitting ducks and the ANC simply ignore their plight.

The DA is on record, numerous times, calling for a police service that is well-resourced, well-trained and capable to fight all levels of crime in our communities. The DA is the only party that has a plan to fix our country and will overhaul the police service and ensures that residents of North West, especially those living on farms or in the rural areas, are protected and feel safe in their own homes

BOKAMOSO | Smaller parties: Why a vote for the DA packs more punch

The ANC’s total dominance of SA’s politics for a quarter of a century has become profoundly destructive to our national wellbeing. South Africa’s democracy needs a strong alternative. To achieve this, we need to reform our politics: we need to use our vote to promote our shared values rather than our personal identity.

The majority of South Africans are committed to the values on which all successful democracies are built: accountability, constitutionalism, the rule of law, nonracialism, a market-driven economy, and a capable state that delivers to all rather than to a connected elite. These are fundamental principles that millions of us hold in common, despite our differences on more granular issues.

If we can rise to the challenge of choosing values over identity, we can together build a strong alternative. This election has got to be about that. We simply do not have the luxury of tinkering around the margins of opposition politics right now, tailoring our vote to reflect our precise personal preferences or identity.

We are fighting for our future in a country that is fast becoming a failed state because of one-party dominance. Almost every aspect of our state is already in crisis. Another five years of rolling blackouts, spiraling prices, corruption, patronage politics, failed administration and socialist policy will be severely damaging.

The true test for any democracy is whether power can change peacefully at the ballot box. The challenge for South Africa is to fast arrive at this point, where the governing party is kept on their toes by the ever-present threat of losing power.

We cannot allow our country to fall prey to the entrenched single-party hegemony that continues to plague the African continent. The very founding values of our democracy are at stake. If we cannot hold rank failure and corruption to account, then can we really call ourselves a democracy at all?

So, we urgently need to build a strong counterweight to the ANC, to show that another way is possible. Voting for smaller parties right now is tantamount to rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. Smaller parties will not stop our demise under the ANC and blurs our focus on the biggest threat to our democracy: one-party dominance.

Under normal circumstances, the plethora of parties – 48 on the national ballot paper alone – should be welcomed as a sign of a vibrant democracy replete with plentiful options for voters to express their individual preferences. But this is not a business-as-usual election; this is a fight for our survival. So 8 May must be about building a credible alternative government, not about creating a wide sprinkling of opposition parties on the fringe of our politics.

This means focusing on what we have in common, rather than on what divides us. Rather like a tug of war, we need to all pull together in the same direction to have maximum impact in our bid to save South Africa from the failing ANC.

The DA is a party for all South Africans – people from all walks of life are coming on board. It is a platform where people of diverse racial, religious, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds can come together around our broadly shared democratic values.

If every voter demanded to agree with every single one of a party’s policy positions, then we’d end up with a multitude of tiny parties hopelessly unable to challenge the ANC’s dominance. The only way to have real impact is to punch in the centre, and that is where the DA is located.

The ANC is flailing under the weight of its governing failures right now and running a disorganized, half-hearted campaign. It is entirely possible that they could be brought below 50%, especially in certain provinces.

The DA is the only party that can credibly lead an alternative government – whether it is a coalition government, a minority government or a full majority government. The party has the structures, momentum and governing experience to achieve real impact.

The DA has demonstrated it can lead a successful coalition government in SA. Forming coalitions in Cape Town (2006-2011), Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay (2016-2018) enabled us to cut the channels of ANC patronage and corruption that had plagued these metros. Literally billions of rands of corrupt contracts were terminated.

Coalitions will enable South Africa to realign its politics away from one-party dominance. I want to make it clear that the DA will work in coalition with any other parties, groups or individuals that share our core values. And where required, we will consult with other parties, who may not share our core values, but share the grand goal of furthering democracy by removing the ANC from government.

Governing successes in Johannesburg and Tshwane prove that even minority coalitions can be extremely effective, if one party emerges as the clear leader.

On 8 May a vote for the DA will be a vote for a new government in a maturing democracy. It will be the strongest possible electoral response to the threat of one-party dominance in a failed state. It will be a vote for the democratic values on which we can build one united, prosperous South Africa for all.

Unlike the ANC, the DA is not ashamed to reveal its Premier candidates

Seven months ago the DA proudly announced its candidate for Premier for each of the nine provinces. And I say “proudly” because we have complete faith in the people we put forward for these crucial positions.

We know that each of these nine candidates has the skills, the commitment and the track record to perform the duties of a provincial Premier. They emerged as the DA’s preferred candidates after a rigorous selection process, and from shortlists that contained many other highly qualified people.

We have assembled, in our nine Premier candidates, a group of leaders that is truly diverse in terms of age, race and gender. They reflect not only our diverse and growing party, but also our commitment to building One South Africa for All.

We announced their candidacy seven months ago because it is important that voters know exactly who they get when they cast a vote for the DA. We want people to be able to research and interrogate our candidates. We want people to study their past performances. We want people to make informed decisions at the ballot box.

For the past seven months, Solly Msimanga, Alan Winde, Andrew Louw, Nqaba Bhanga, Jane Sithole, Joe McGluwa, Zwakele Mncwango, Patricia Kopane and Jacques Smalle have been on the road in their respective provinces, campaigning as the candidate for Premier. Voters have had hundreds of opportunities to engage with them on issues that affect their communities, and to grill them on party policy.

That’s how you run a campaign based on transparency and accountability. That’s how you run a campaign when you trust the ability and commitment of your candidates.

Now compare this with the ANC’s campaign. Who is their candidate for Premier here in the Western Cape? Who is their candidate in Gauteng? Or the Northern Cape, or Limpopo, or KZN, or any of the other provinces? Voters have absolutely no idea who they are voting for in the ANC.

They want people to blindly vote for them and then trust that they will somehow deploy a suitable cadre to the position of Premier, should they win the province. Not only is that extremely disrespectful to voters, it has also never worked out well before. The ANC’s policy of cadre deployment has only ever delivered corruption, patronage and nepotism.

That’s how they have, in the past, inflicted totally corrupt Premiers like Ace Magashule on the people of the Free State, or David Mabuza on the people of Mpumalanga, or Supra Mahumapelo on the people of the North-West. That’s why they hide their candidates until every vote has been cast.

I’m not surprised at all that the ANC doesn’t want you to know who you might be voting for, should you consider casting your vote for them. When they have been forced, by law, to make public the names of candidates for Parliament and the Provincial Assemblies, it has been a source of great shame and ridicule for them. Their lists are riddled with criminals who belong in prison not Parliament, and it hurts them deeply to have to publicly disclose these names.

By law, they have to tell you the names on these lists, no matter how embarrassing or how damaging to the party. But the law doesn’t compel them to tell you who their candidates for Premier are, and you can bet they will hide them from you until after the election.

The ANC is rotten to the core, and their leadership at every level and sphere of government reflects this. All they have left is the myth of one man: Cyril Ramaphosa. He is their one and only election gimmick, and they will milk him for all he is worth. Never mind the fact that the Bosasa scandal has shown that he is no different from his comrades and his predecessor when it comes to taking dirty money for him and his family.

I would like to present a challenge to the ANC today: come clean and name your candidates for Premier for each of the provinces. With just over two weeks to go until the election, take the voters into your confidence and tell them exactly who they will be getting with a vote for the ANC. If you’re not ashamed of them, and if you don’t intend to sneak in crooks through the back door, make their names public.

You cannot build a capable government from a bunch of criminals. You cannot build a capable government by deploying cadres whose only qualification is their blind loyalty to the party. You cannot build a capable government by cheating and deceiving your voters.

The only way to build a capable government is by selecting only the best, most qualified people for the job, and doing so out in the open. And when you’ve done this – when you have chosen your candidates on credibility, experience and character – then it’s only natural that you will be proud to announce them to prospective voters.

The DA’s party lists along with our candidates for Premier in all nine provinces represent national and provincial governments-in-waiting. Our leadership is diverse and experienced, and we want every single voter to know exactly who they are.

We also want voters to know what these candidates will do for them if elected as Premier. And the key focus in every DA government will be the creation of jobs. The DA is confident that, if elected to government, we can put a job in every home. According to StatsSA’s General Household Survey 2017, only 59% of SA homes have a job in them. That means 41% of our households – well over 6 million households – do not have a single job and rely on grants or remittances. This is completely unsustainable, the source of incredible hardship and deprivation for millions of families.

In terms of putting a job in every home, DA-run Western Cape is by far in the lead, with 74% of households having at least one job. So, the situation is much better for most families in the Western Cape, although we still have a way to go.

We know we can replicate our success in other provinces. So today, each of our nine Premier candidates will sign a “Jobs Pledge” in which they will commit to a number of steps to ensure that hundreds of thousands of new jobs are created, and that everyone has fair access to these jobs.

These steps include the eradication of red tape, the building of job centres, the provision of free internet to job-seekers, the launch of a one-year provincial internship whereby matrics can learn vital skills, as well as a cash stipend for interns to cover living expenses.

This pledge will further commit our candidates to launching a trade and business agency in their province similar to the Western Cape’s WESGRO. They will also pledge to upgrade roads in rural areas, to fight for provincial control over rail services, to fight for provincial control over policing and to introduce a police ombudsman to ensure that police eradicate the practice of sex-for-jobs.

By signing this pledge, our Premier candidates will give voters something to hold them to. We will never abuse the trust of our voters. And we will most certainly never spring a bunch of crooks on people once their votes are already in the bag.

That is the difference between a party that cares only about itself, and a party that seeks to build one prosperous South Africa for all.

National Police Commissioner to monitor investigation into case against ANC for instigating violence in Alexandra

The DA received feedback from the National Commissioner of the South African Police Service, General Sitole, stating that he will monitor the investigation into the case opened by myself, against the ANC for instigating violence in Alexandra, with the purpose of influencing the outcome of the Elections on 8 May.

General Stole indicated in his letter to me that he will monitor the investigation and provide feedback on the progress made.

Since the case was opened, more evidence has emerged from investigations by the JMPD into allegations that ANC members coordinated protest action and violence in Alexandra. In a search operation by the JMPD, an ANC branded vehicle loaded with old tyres was discovered. It is suspected that these tyres were intended for barricading roads as part of the shutdown. One of the occupants in the vehicle who was arrested is a known ANC member.

Based on this new evidence, I call on General Sitole to personally ensure a swift and efficient investigation by the SAPS into ANC instigated violence in order to guarantee a safe and peaceful election on 8 May.

It has become clear that the ANC is feeling increasingly uncertain about an election victory on 8 May and are desperately trying to cling to power. It is however a shame that the ANC will choose to resort to violence in an attempt to retain power. The people of Gauteng are ready to vote for real change led by an honest and caring DA government.