Joburg Safety In Dire State When Not Even Mayor’s Family Safe

Philisiwe Twala-Tau

The DA is pained that the attack on Ms Philisiwe Twala-Tau, wife of Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau last night, shows that no one is safe in the City of Joburg.

Our thoughts are with Mrs Tau.

The unfortunate incident took place in a Sandton parking area when Ms Tau was approached by robbers and robbed of her personal belongings.

Last night’s incident shows that no-one is safe from rapidly rising levels of crime in Johannesburg, and that the city is failing to secure our people. Joburg requires a comprehensive and all-encompassing crime-busting approach.

Safer Streets

The DA’s “Safer Streets” initiative is part of our Vision for Johannesburg, and it combines and coordinates metro police, private security firms, and the SAPS to enforce the law collectively.

A DA government will use live statistical reporting methods to ascertain crime hotspots, and focus law enforcement operations in these areas immediately.

Just like in Cape Town, we will use state of the art monitoring and surveillance techniques of comprehensive CCTV, and gunshot monitoring technologies, linked to local law enforcement, to make safer streets a reality.

A DA-led Johannesburg will use every available law enforcement resource to its fullest extent to win the war on crime.


Media enquiries:

Willie Venter

Director: Communications and research

060 963 8260

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Bara CEO Moved 10 Months Before End Of Contract

Dr Sandile Mfenyana

Dr Sandile Mfenyana, the former CEO of the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, was moved to the Gauteng Health Department head office ten months before his contract expired despite his performance being assessed as satisfactory.

This information was disclosed by Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu in a written response to my questions in the Gauteng legislature.

According to Mahlangu, he did not apply for a new position but was seconded to the head office on 1 March this year to strengthen district clinical services.

New Appointment

I am puzzled by this as he was removed from the hospital on 1 January this year with no explanation given to staff although his contract runs to 30 October 2016.

I think that the real reason for his involuntary removal is being covered up.

The MEC admits that his assessed performance as CEO was satisfactory and that his contract was extended from 30 April last year when it was supposed to expire.

It is unacceptable that the CEO of our largest hospital is removed without explanation. What is being hidden by the MEC’s refusal to give a rational reason for his removal?

A permanent CEO needs to be appointed at the hospital as soon as possible to ensure effective management.


Media enquiries:

Jack Bloom MPL

DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Health

082 333 4222

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