The Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG) cares little about ensuring that our residents receive the service delivery they deserve, while their rights are not protected.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng tabled several motions over the last six months to ensure residents live a quality of life and are protected from bullying and discrimination.
During the last six months, the DA tabled a motion to debate the role of Independent Power Producers (IPPs) in improving access to electricity for all Gauteng residents. While Eskom is failing to provide a reliable supply of electricity, residents are again battling stage six loadshedding.
All political parties should be able to provide input and guidance where this government is failing to do so. The ANC, through its majority, rejected the motion in their desire to block accountability for the GPG.
A motion was also submitted to the GPL to end rotational learning at some schools in the province. During our many oversight inspections, we discovered that many schools use the rotational learning system. Furthermore, the disruption to the education system due to the Covid-19 pandemic has put many learners at a disadvantage. Therefore, measures need to be put in place to ensure that all learners are given a chance to catch up on the work that was missed during the pandemic.
The LGBTQIA+ community continues to suffer at the hands of bullies and bigots, not only in their homes but also in schools and the workplace.
The LGBTQIA+ community has been calling on this government to intervene through sensitivity training and educational programmes, proposals which have been disregarded. It was for that reason that the DA brought a motion to establish a sub-committee on LGBTQIA+ to deal with the issues of discrimination and treatment in this community.
Only as recently as October, a grade six learner committed suicide because of alleged bullying by a teacher because of his sexual orientation.
All these motions brought by the DA, which would ensure proper service delivery and protect everyone’s human rights, were turned down by the GPL. It is unacceptable that residents still don’t have a reliable supply of electricity, water, quality education, and a safe environment free of discrimination.
As the DA, we will continue to fight for the rights and services of all residents, as enshrined in our Constitution of 1996.