Victims Of Crime Should Not Be Treated As Second Class Citizens

The dreadful taxi-rape saga, which has emboldened more and more victims of this ghastly crime to come forward, has highlighted the horrendous treatment of victims of rape by members of the South African Police Service (SAPS).

Most of the victims of these crimes have expressed how they were pushed from pillar to post by members of the SAPS when trying to report what had happened to them. Often they were told to go to different police stations as they had arrived at the “wrong” station.

This is absolutely unacceptable as a crime can, and should, be reported at any station. Once a case number is issued, the matter can be transferred to any station for investigation.

This lack of concern was reiterated by the MEC for Community Safety, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, who admitted that the SAPS had not acted in the victim’s best interests.

MEC Nkosi-Malobane, as the head of community safety in Gauteng must ensure that SAPS members treat all victims of crime with the respect that they deserve.

Secondary victimisation by SAPS officers prevents many cases from being reported and inflicts further trauma on victims of crime.

The DA has called on the MEC to work with the Department of Social Development to send SAPS members on sensitivity training. The MEC must take this call to heart, as victims of crime are our families and loved ones – they are humans, not just statistics.



Media Enquiries
John Moodey MPL
DA Gauteng Provincial Leader
082 960 3743
Warren Gwilt
DA Economic Cluster Manager
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Soweto Taxi Rape Demands Inquiry In Gauteng Legislature

I am shocked and disturbed by news today that a female passenger in a Soweto taxi was raped over an extended period of time on Sunday, in full view of her young child.

It is more alarming though, that reports of similar incidents recently have not resulted in action from the SAPS. Some victims have complained of little interest from the Police, which is a shocking failure of the SAPS to protect our residents.

I will therefore write to the Chairperson of the Gauteng Community Safety committee to summon Provincial Police Commissioner Major General Deliwe Suzan De Lange to come and account before the Legislature under oath.

We just cannot accept that people continue to be raped, in captive situations like locked taxis, and that the police are not acting. The SAPS must protect and serve us.

It is not up to taxi associations alone to root out these criminals, and the MEC has today misdirected her demand to the taxi association to solve this crime. It is up to the SAPS to fight crime, and the DA will ensure that the SAPS acts.



Media Enquiries

Kate Lorimer MPL
DA Gauteng Shadow MEC of Safety and Security
083 642 2727

Zama Zama Tragedy: Re-Establish Specialised Police Unit On Illegal Mining

Deceased Illegal Miners

The DA expresses its heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of the 14 and counting deceased illegal miners.

It is indeed a tragic story of the forgotten, the marginalised and the excluded men and women who work the mines in the hope of a better tomorrow.

The brutal killing of the Zama-Zama’s on the mines in the province must be condemned.

The sluggish economic growth in the country can be seen as contributing to these deaths, illegal miners have no other opportunity to lift themselves out of poverty.

Restore Specialised Units Focusing on Illegal Mining

The DA’s motion last year to restore specialised units focusing on illegal mining in Gauteng was rejected by the ANC and so too was the debate in the National Council of Provinces shot down by the ANC.

Urgent intervention is needed before more lives are lost in gang rivalry on mines in the province. Communities are endangered through these battles and children are kept out of school and at home for their safety.

Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane must act now as she has a responsibility towards ensuring the safety of residents in Gauteng, especially in mining communities.

The DA once again calls for the reinstatement of a specialised unit on illegal mining within the SAPS.




Media enquiries:

Michele Clarke MPL

DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Community Safety

060 558 8299


Yaseen Carelse

Social development Cluster Manager

076 721 8613

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Gauteng SAPS Must Root Out Criminal Elements

Victims of Crime Survey

Gauteng Community Safety MEC, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane must explain how expelled SAPS Colonel Innocent Khumalo, and police reservist Lehlohonolo Leeba were at the centre of a bank robbery in Roodepoort.

Despite their arrest, this incident raises concerns over SAPS’ ability to weed out rogue elements operating within the force and the vetting process for new applicants.

The recently released Victims of Crime Survey has highlighted that there is a serious breakdown in trust between the public and the SAPS.

Rogue elements within the service who work in conjunction with criminals undermine the work of honest SAPS members and should be brought to book to face the full force of the law.

The DA will submit questions to MEC Nkosi-Malobane to ascertain what steps her department is taking to root out corruption and criminality within the service and how many criminal SAPS members have been identified thus far.



Media enquiries:

Kate Lorimer MPL

DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Community Safety

083 642 2727


Warren Gwilt

Economic Cluster Manager

073 601 6144

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Urgent SAPS Operation Needed To Clamp Down On Crime In Benoni

Criminal Activity Rife

The Benoni Central Business District (CBD) and Actonville and surrounding areas are severely affected by crime. Drug smuggling, human trafficking and prostitution have become the norm in the CBD of Benoni.

Many of the residents have written to the DA expressing their concern about constantly having to live in fear.

Criminal activity has become rife in the community over the past few years. The community has expressed to me that they will take matters into their own hands by torching homes owned by drug lords.

SAPS should work with the Community Policing Forum and gather intelligence from members of the community in order to clamp down on illegal activity.

I implore Community Safety MEC, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane and the Provincial Police Commissioner, Lt General D.S de Lange, to launch a large-scale police operation in the area.

Police officers must be dispatched in order to prevent violent protests and to keep community members safe.

Young people are most affected by the scourge of drugs and crime and they are unable to walk to school and partake in evening extra-mural activities at school as they constantly have to watch over their shoulders.

The MEC and the Provincial SAPS commissioner must act now before it is too late.

Media Enquiries
Michele Clarke MPL
DA Gauteng Constituency Head – Benoni
060 558 8299
Yaseen Carelse
Social Development Cluster Manager
076 721 8613



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Gauteng Provincial Government Not Serious About The War On Drugs

Drug Crisis in Rosettenville

The sluggish response by Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, to attend to the drug crisis in Rosettenville, which this weekend saw the community go to war with itself, is indicative of a government that does not care about the plight of residents.

Today, the MEC will be accompanied by Gauteng Provincial Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Deliwe De Lange and Minister for Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, to assess the damage caused by infuriated residents over the weekend. Property was destroyed during the vigilante action – with many residents having to hide in fear.

DA run City of Johannesburg

The DA run City of Johannesburg has tried to contact the MEC as well as the Minister for Home Affairs to run joint operations to assist residents who have fallen victim to the ever increasing drug problem in the area. These requests have fallen on deaf ears.

Gauteng Premier, David Makhura must also shoulder blame for his failure to act on the matter, as his office established a drug unit in 2016 – which could have gathered intelligence through the Ntirhisano outreach programme to handle this long standing issue.


It is clear that the scourge of drugs will not be rooted out of communities by this ANC administration, as it takes a reactive, rather than pro-active stance on dealing with major issues.

The DA will pose questions to the Premier to ascertain the success rate his drug unit has had since its inception, and how the Ntirihisano outreach programme will address the socio-economic challenges faced by communities plagued by substance abuse.



Media enquiries:

Michele Clarke MPL

DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Community Safety

060 558 8299

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No New Police Stations For Gauteng

Dire Need for Additional Resources

No new permanent or satellite police stations will be built in Gauteng this year, despite the dire need for additional resources to curb the provinces high rates of crime.

In a written reply to the DA’s Derrick America MP, the Minister of Police, Nkosinathi Nhleko, revealed that no funds have been made available for the establishment of new stations in the 2016/17 financial year.

In Gauteng there are 473 incidents of contact crimes such as murder, attempted murder, assault and robbery a day. Coupled to this, at least 11 people are murdered in the province each day.

Specialised Units

In the municipalities that the DA governs, specialised units within the Metro police departments have been formed to tackle crime head-on. However, the lack of resources provided to the overburdened SAPS is a clear indication that the ANC is not serious about keeping residents of the province safe.

SAPS members cannot be expected to perform optimally when they work in overcrowded stations. It is equally as difficult for residents to receive lifesaving services from SAPS when stations are overcrowded and far from their places of residence.

The DA will continue to demand that more stations are established across the province to ensure all residents are afforded the safety and protection they deserve.



Media enquiries:

Kate Lorimer MPL

DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Community Safety

083 642 2727

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DA Gauteng Cabinet Scorecard: Premier Makhura Failing To Keep His Promises

The Gauteng Provincial Government under the leadership of Premier David Makhura, has this year had to wade through difficult political waters whilst continuing to carry out its Constitutional mandate to the province’s 13.5 million residents.

The damage meted out to the country by the continuous scandals around President Jacob Zuma, saw the Gauteng Provincial ANC attempt to distinguish itself from the mother body and offer itself as the true, untarnished version of the ANC. This was not possible as intrinsically Zuma and the ANC are one in the same.

Years of cadre deployment, the mismanagement of funds and failed service delivery projects could not hold back the electorate’s disproval of the party, which was reflected in the party’s losses of the Johannesburg Metro, Tshwane Metro and Mogale City.

It is evident that the promises made by Premier Makhura in his inaugural State of the Province address in 2014 have not yielded the results required to radically transform the inequalities and hardships faced by millions of the provinces residents.

The DA Cabinet Scorecard is an analysis based on the individual MEC’s grasp of his/her portfolio demands, leadership skills, approachability, willingness to appear before oversight committees, and quality of written and oral responses to DA questions.


Premier David Makhura

As the head of the Provincial Government, ultimate responsibility for failures of the performance of the administration lie with him.

Regarded as a man of action, the Premier has failed to live up to his title. Recommendations by the Public Service Commissioner that action should be taken against corrupt government officials amounted to slaps on wrist, with no criminal action perused against offenders.

Similarly, his failure to fire Health MEC, Qedani Malhangu, after the death of 37 mental health patients further reiterates the point that Premier Makhura is a man of charisma, but when it comes to tackling difficult issues, he has a hard time keeping to his word.

Inequality and social ills such as the housing backlog and violent crime continue to rise in the province, despite the Premier’s plans for a “radical” overhaul Gauteng’s socio-economic structure.

The results of this year’s local government elections reflect that the ANC in Gauteng has lost touch with people on the ground, and that the provincial administration is not performing as well as they perceive themselves to be doing. Alternatively, they are aware of the reality that faces them and are simply trying to paper over the crevasses.

Legislature oversight: The DA posed a total of 42 questions to the Premier, of which 18 went unanswered.

Score: 5/10


Finance – MEC Barbara Creecy

Gauteng Finance MEC, Barbara Creecy, has a critical role to play in ensuring that the day to day business of the provincial government is carried out effectively and efficiently.

MEC Creecy has become less transparent since initially taking up her post in 2014. Despite the fanfare created about the open-tender system, established to create transparency in the government tender process, documentation for tenders is often deeply embedded in departmental websites – or is outdated when found. This project cannot be called anything other than lip-service.

Staff in her department have been instructed to not respond to requests from the DA, making oversight a difficult and frustrating task. It begs the question – does the MEC have something to hide?

As the head of e-Governance, the ITC arm of the provincial government, Creecy has been seen to take an arm’s length approach to projects and their resultant shortcomings. This has been evident in the challenges faced with the Gauteng Online sites which are mired by connectivity problems, leaving clinics, schools and government institutions unable to provide quality services to residents.

Legislature oversight: The DA posed a total of 24 questions to the MEC of which 14 went unanswered.

Score: 5/10


Infrastructure Development – MEC Jacob Mamabolo

It was with some relief that MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza was replaced by Jacob Mamabolo in February 2016.

The department’s poor performance this year lies squarely at her feet and not Mamabolo’s. Client departments who were reliant on the Department of Infrastructure Development (DID) for the roll out of classrooms, clinics, libraries fell behind on their Annual Performance Plans due to the weak political leadership under MEC Mayathula-Khoza.

Current MEC, Jacob Mamabolo, acknowledges problems and attempts to resolve them with officials. While Mamabolo has not been in place long enough to make a huge impact in terms of the performance of the department, his receptiveness to engage and act has resulted in some improvement.

It is important that Mamabolo maintains his vigour, as the task that lies ahead is huge. To address the high levels of unemployment and stimulate the provincial economy, it is imperative that this department unlocks the infrastructure potential of Gauteng and fast tracks back dated projects.

Legislature oversight: The DA posed a total of 53 questions to the MEC of which 16 went unanswered.

Score: 6/10


Economic Development, Agriculture, Rural Development and Environmental Affairs – MEC Lebogang Maile

As the engine of South Africa’s economy, Gauteng is strategically placed to take the lead in creating a more inclusive and diverse economy that meets the needs of the provinces 13.5 million people.

While some initiatives have been mooted by MEC Lebogang Maile, such as the Township Stock Exchange and the procurement of goods and services from township businesses, the economy of Gauteng still remains fragmented. Neither of these initiatives have had the impact they were expected to have had.

Black businesses and emerging start-ups still face cumbersome red-tape and cannot access market places which would ensure their success. This is largely due to the impotence of many of the innovation and incubation hubs set up by the department that simply do not offer the requisite knowledge or skill sets to budding entrepreneurs.

Often neglected, but critically important is the work this department is supposed to carry out regarding agriculture and the environment. The department’s response to the current drought has been knee-jerk rather than proactive, which has had a disastrous impact on the agriculture sector in the province.

Little regard is given for the environment, as requests to provide feedback on Environmental Impact Assessments more often than not go ignored. This has been evidenced in the steam rolling of the mega-tailings dump proposed for Kalbasfontein on the West Rand.

Legislature oversight: The DA posed a total of 85 questions to the MEC of which 48 went unanswered.

Score: 5/10


Community Safety – MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane

Gauteng continues to remain a one stop shop for criminals. The failure by MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane to take steps to introduce smart policing and effective oversight measures have left residents of Gauteng at the mercy of gangs, hi-jacking syndicates, armed robbers and murders.

The consistent failure by the South African Police Service to meet Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) is a clear indication that the department’s constitutional mandate of oversight is being ignored.

Financially the department is faring better with accruals having being dealt with and showing some financial improvement, as well as having a new HOD who is providing more accurate reports on the department’s performance.

However, there is continued under expenditure on the Civilian Oversight Programme as well as the implementation of many small programmes that do not relate to the department’s core mandate.

Road fatalities remain high due to the MECs apparent lack of political will to improve road safety through the Gauteng Traffic Police.

Legislature oversight: The DA posed a total of 65 questions to the MEC of which 28 went unanswered.

Score: 5/10


Roads and Transport – MEC Ismail Vadi

MEC Ismail Vadi has rarely been seen at legislature oversight committee meetings, and when he has attended – he generally leaves early.

Cited in Premier David Makhura’s white elephant e-Toll review panel report, was the repeated emphasis that Gauteng is in dire need of cost effective, reliable public transport. MEC Vadi’s fixation with expanding the Gautrain network, when cost effective public transport is virtually non-existent in the province, speaks volumes to the mis-direction of the MEC’s priorities.

This is highlighted by the constant confusion and disorganization of provincial bus subsidies which frequently threaten commuter’s plans to get to and from work.

Unnecessary delays between his department and municipalities to formalise street light and road maintenance agreements as well as the huge roads maintenance backlogs remain a cause of concern.

The MEC is often quick to blame to the National Department of Transport for many of the short-comings of his department, yet despite numerous recommendations from the DA that he should engage Minister Dipuo Peters on these issues, the MEC remains silent.

Legislature oversight: The DA posed a total of 67 questions to the MEC of which 19 went unanswered.

Score: 4.5/10


Cooperative Governance, Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements – MEC Paul Mashatile  

MEC Paul Mashatile was deployed to this position to play politics – it is clear that his focus is not on the effective and efficient delivery of basic services and roll-out of housing in the province.

Cheap politicking has no place in the provincial government when hundreds of thousands  of Gauteng’s citizens are living in squalor, awaiting proper homes, adequate sanitation and electricity and ownership through the delivery of long awaited title deeds.

The department of human settlements is nearing financial collapse and during his tenure, R908 million was sent back to National Treasury, money which was allocated for housing delivery.

MEC Mashatile has made numerous utterances about placing DA Municipalities under administration, because the ANC has not yet accepted the outcome of the Local Government Elections, he even went as far as encouraging the community of Nellmapius to disrupt the Tshwane Council meeting in October this year.

The municipalities of Lesedi, Merafong and Emfuleni continuously fail to provide services to their residents and implement sound financial management procedures.

The MEC would do well to spend his time on ensuring that his department can fulfil its constitutional mandate of service delivery. The department cannot go another year failing to deliver its mandate – ultimately keeping the provinces most marginalised trapped in the cycle of homelessness.

Legislature oversight: The DA posed a total of 240 questions to the MEC of which 141 went unanswered.

Score: 3/10


Health – MEC Qedani Mahlangu

Events of 2016 have proved that MEC Qedani Mahlangu is not fit to hold office.

She should have resigned or been fired over the 37 known deaths of psychiatric patients transferred hastily to unsuitable NGOs after the cancellation of the contract for Life Healthcare Esidimeni which looked after about 2000 patients.

Her continued evasion of this subject, and her defiance on the matter makes her appear more complicit than a simple by-stander in a failed project.

She has also bungled the payments of Community Health Workers by handing over their administration to the SmartPurse Company which many CHWs objected to. This has seen the loss of about 2000 CHWs, which has adversely affected the provinces primary health care.

Premier Makhura is equally to blame for this situation. His initial appointment of MEC Mahlangu and his subsequent inability to do the right thing by relieving her of her duties has jeopardised Gauteng’s primary healthcare network.

A professional individual is needed to replace Mahlangu to ensure that residents of Gauteng receive quality, dignified healthcare.

Legislature oversight: The DA posed a total of 142 questions to the MEC of which 48 went unanswered.

Score: 0/10


Education – MEC Panyaza Lesufi

Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, is more responsive to challenges in his department than most of his fellow MECs.

He is willing to engage openly with the opposition, even if his solutions are not always befitting the challenges at hand.

His piloting of the online school enrolment process for grade 1 and 8 learners has been relatively successful despite initial challenges to the system. The number of Matric bachelor passes in the province have gradually increased during his tenure.

However, Lesufi still battles to deal with the basic challenges facing his department like providing running water, electricity and sanitation to some schools in the province. His department’s inability to identify how many asbestos schools there are in the province, and a detailed plan of action to immediately address this, continues to place the health and safety of learners and teachers at risk.

The failure to comply with the National Department’s Norms and Standards to reduce the cost of building new schools continually sees project running over cost – wreaking havoc with the department’s budget.

The MEC has also failed to take the lead on the cash-for-jobs syndicate where SADTU union members have been implicated offering cash rewards for SGB’s and officials to ensure that their preferred candidates are selected for teacher, deputy principal and principal positions.

MEC Lesufi can do more in his department, but must get the basics right and stamp out corruption decisively.

Legislature oversight: The DA posed a total of 104 questions to the MEC of which 34 went unanswered

Score: 6/10


Social Development – MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza

MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza deployment to the department earlier this year was met with anticipation, as it was hoped that she would breathe fresh air into the department.

However, the trend set by her predecessor, Faith Mazibuko, has remained.

The biggest concern with this department is the lack of transparency. The department does not submit documents showing actual transfers to all NGO’s and NPO’s in the province, this is coupled by the continual late payment of these organisations. This has created a situation where  a number of NGO’s and NPO’s are on the verge on closing down, which will leave people destitute or create  overcrowding the ones that remain open.

Social workers and auxiliary social workers around the province work in terrible conditions. They handle many case load and therefore struggle to give case the quality attention it deserves. In some places social workers work in open plan offices yet they counsel people who need to be given confidentiality.

Like in previous years the MEC has still not provided comprehensive plans for people with disabilities, the elderly and those struggling with substance abuse.

Most concerning is that there is no real plan to capacitate the growing number of non-compliant Early Childhood Development centres in the province.

MEC Mayathula-Khoza has still not put in place a payment schedule to collect monies owing from various departments to the Department of Social Development.

This is coupled by the fact that financial documents presented in various documents are often inconsistent. In some cases, instead of presenting targets and actuals, only percentages are indicated.

Gauteng’s most vulnerable and marginalised will continue to remain so if the MEC does not pull the financial state of this department into shape and support the staff it employs to create a more holistic, caring environment.

Legislature oversight: The DA posed a total of 46 questions to the MEC of which 12 went unanswered.

Score: 5/10


Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture – MEC Faith Mazibuko

The department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (SRAC) has been in a state of flux this year since the suspension, and later firing of Molebatsi Bopape, who was replace Faith Mazibuko as MEC.

While Gauteng Premier, David Makhura took the right action against the former Head of Department, for meddling in supply chain management processes, MEC Faith Mazibuko has not endeared herself as the current leader of this department.

SRAC was the only department in the GPG portfolio to have shown regression by incurring unauthorised expenditure. Irregular expenditure for the 2015/16 financial year doubled from R88.6 million to R194.4 million.

Long outstanding projects of this department, such as the Provincial Archives Centre in Kagiso and additional libraries across the province are still outstanding.

These failures have been pinned on the Department of Infrastructure Development. Recently MEC Mazibuko launched a scathing attack on MEC for Infrastructure Development, Jacob Mamabolo, claiming that her department’s failures rest squarely at his feet.

SRAC needs to for a better partnership with DID to ensure that it delivers on its mandate. It also needs to implement stronger financial controls to ensure that it spends its budget on correctly.

Legislature oversight: The DA posed a total of 71 questions to the MEC of which 23 went unanswered

Score: 3/10


It is clear that there is much room for improvement across the board, and that Premier Makhura’s dream of a Gauteng government that delivers will remain distant if he does not show the political will necessary to take action against corruption and stand up to his masters in Luthuli House for the good of the people of Gauteng.


Media enquiries:
John Moodey MPL
DA Gauteng Caucus Leader
082 960 3843

Warren Gwilt
DA Gauteng Legislature
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SAPS Must Be Ready For Festive Season Crime

Gauteng Provincial SAPS Commissioner

Gauteng Provincial SAPS Commissioner, Lt Gen. Deliwe de Lange, must ensure that downtime on police vehicles is kept to a minimum during the festive season.

This follows reports in the media today that many of Gauteng’s SAPS vehicles are non-operational due to lengthy delays at under resourced repair centres.

Crime usually peaks during the festive period and downtime on vehicles should be minimised to ensure effective policing can take place.

SAPS Vehicles

It is unacceptable that SAPS vehicles are serviced and repaired for longer than average periods which places an enormous strain on operations.

Police Officers are left sharing vehicles and stations are under resourced.

The DA structures across the province will monitor police stations and assist the police, traffic police and community policing fora to combat crime during the festive season.

Residents are encourage to stay vigilant and report any crime or suspicious behaviour to their nearest SAPS station.


Media enquiries:

Michele Clarke MPL

DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Community Safety

060 558 8299

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Safety At OR Tambo International Airport A Major Concern

OR Tambo International Airport

Safety at OR Tambo International Airport has been severely comprised in the last few weeks with reports of criminal activity on the increase.

Travellers who arrive late at the airport have complained to the DA that they felt unsafe walking to the parking garage and to catch a taxi-cab.

As a National Key Point I have been alarmed at the very little visible SAPS and Metro Police presence, this despite the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department having a satellite station based at the Airport.

I have been followed to my car on three occasions and in one instance I was accosted by a group of young men asking for money.

Hi-jacked and Attacked

Travellers are often followed from the airport and then hi-jacked and attacked upon arrival at their destination. Last Saturday an Uber-driver was hi-jacked and shot fatally at the Airport.

The safety of travellers who access the airport should be a priority 24/7.

I have discussed this matter with the Gauteng Community Safety MEC, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, and will now request an urgent intervention in writing.

Gauteng is the number one business travel destination in the country, and with this reputation, safety at our main port of entry to the province must be prioritised.



Media enquiries:

Michele Clarke MPL

DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Community Safety 

060 558 8299

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