The cash payment system at reserves increases risk of theft and corruption

It is extremely worrying that the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure (DID) is only now considering installing a cashless payment system at its nature reserves, five years after the Democratic Alliance raised concerns about cash being stored on the premises.

This as a result of the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG) being under severe pressure to increase its own revenue.

In 2017, I asked questions to the then DID MEC for Infrastructure Development, Jacob Mamabolo regarding the forensic investigations instigated into the cash management at reserves under the control of the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG), specifically focusing on the loss of revenue from the nature reserves, and particularly at the Roodeplaat Dam facility.

This facility currently has no proper controls in place to account for the exact amount of revenue collected from the gate fees charged. According to whistleblowers that spoke to me, every Friday a G-Fleet vehicle would pick up the cash from the Roodeplaat Dam gate office and would leave without a proper reconciliation of exactly how much cash was collected and then deposited in the GPG bank account.

This situation created a prime opportunity for theft and corruption to occur. Thus, the GPG has actually no idea how much revenue each facility under its control brought in as a means of government generating its own revenue.

It is clear that even before MEC Tasneem Motara was appointed that there were deep-seated issues within the department.

Tourism sites, like nature reserves, play a pivotal role in ensuring that our tourism industry grows and that more job opportunities are created. But this can only be done if the GPG is serious about ensuring that every loophole that could lead to corruption is closed.

The fact that it has taken GPG five years to realise that a cashless pay point system is needed to ensure enhanced revenue collection is deeply concerning.

We will be using all the mechanisms at our disposal to engage with the MEC for Finance and e-Government, Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko and MEC Tasneem Motara for Infrastructure Development, to ensure that this cashless pay point system does indeed become a reality and that the procurement for this service is done in an open and transparent manner.
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Over R76 million lost to theft, vandalism of train stations in Gauteng, commuters forced to fork out more money for transport

It is extremely concerning that Metrorail in Gauteng has lost R76 810 980,00 due to vandalism and theft at its train stations during January 2020 and February 2021.

In addition, during this period, 271 Motor Coaches and 336 Plain Trailers were vandalised resulting in a total cost R810 800,00.

Currently, there are only six out of 17 lines operating due to this.

This information was revealed by the MEC for Transport, Jacob Mamabolo, to my questions tabled in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature.

According to the MEC, 4000 additional security guards will be deployed nationally by the Passenger Railway Agency of South Africa (PRASA) during this month and there will also be the additional deployment of security guards to Mabopane Corridor as part of the Presidential projects.

The vandalism of trains in our province is putting additional pressure on our already constrained transport system in the province, while also placing an additional financial burden on our commuters who use trains on a daily basis to and from work.

Out of all the public transport available, travelling by train to and from work is the most cost-effective way to commute on a daily basis.

For a long time now, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has been calling on the Gauteng government to establish a dedicated railway police unit to help safeguard and keep our train infrastructure secure from criminals.

Where we govern in the Western Cape, PRASA has signed a memorandum of agreement with the government for the formation of a dedicated enforcement unit which focuses solely on the safety and security of train commuters and infrastructure.

The DA will continue to demand that a similar agreement be reached in Gauteng. Our commuters deserve to have a public transport system that is safe, reliable and gets them to work on time. A transport system that works efficiently will ensure that we have an economy that works.

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Learners left without critical education resources as over R2 million lost in burglaries, vandalism and theft in Gauteng

School children in Gauteng are being left without critical educational resources as schools have lost over R2 million due to vandalism, burglaries and theft leaving our children. The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng is shocked to learn that 1 231 cases have been opened by Gauteng schools since 2020 to date.

It is concerning that the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) continues to lose millions in theft, burglaries, and vandalism of schools while not much is being done to safeguard assets. GDE and the Department of Community Safety have dismally failed to prevent such incidents of vandalism, theft, and burglaries in our schools.

This information was revealed by the Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Faith Mazibuko, in a written reply to my questions tabled in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature.

According to MEC Mazibuko, the schools in Gauteng have opened 1 231 cases of vandalism, theft, and burglaries.

Of these cases reported, 300 suspects were arrested in 147 cases and only 34 cases resulted in the conviction of 37 accused persons.

It is very worrying that there are low arrest and conviction rates despite the high number of cases reported.

This means that no arrests were made in 1 084 cases and 1 197 cases did not make it to the court row.

The department’s school’s safety strategy is ineffective, and it is evident through the number of cases reported. This is a clear indication that the South Africa Police Service (SAPS) is also failing to prioritise school safety with adequate police visibility.

Furthermore, the department has lost R2 225 611.00 on these incidents of vandalism, theft, and burglaries in our schools. This money could be used to eradicate asbestos schools and fix deteriorating infrastructure across the province to ensure a conducive learning and safe teaching environment. 

Untrained and unarmed school safety patrollers alone will not be able to safeguard our valuable school’s assets. There is a need for community members to take ownership of the schools and for the department to explore the feasibility of employing permanent security guards to safeguard schools, particularly in areas that have a high crime rate.

In addition, DA proposals such as the installation of fences or walls surrounding schools, installation of CCTV cameras and alarm systems in hotspot schools linked to the nearest police stations would make a profound difference in preventing such incidents from happening again.

MEC Mazibuko must also liaise with the Gauteng SAPS Commissioner, Lieutenant General, Elias Mawela to provide an update with regards to the SAPS intelligence unit investigating the syndicates that are involved in vandalism, theft and burglary of our schools so that the perpetrators can be apprehended and there is a stop to this criminal element.

Schools are precious resources and harming a school is harming the future of our children and the future of their generation.

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Norkem Park SAPS: A station in crisis as more than 65% of its officers fails their shooting competency test

Good Evening Ladies and Gentlemen

Crime affects all of us in many different ways, some of us have been victims of crime while others live in fear of becoming a victim.

The DA has a vision for South Africa where we all can be whoever we want to be through reaching our potential.

However, individuals cannot reach their potential and take advantage of opportunities if they live in fear. When we constrain individuals in pursuing their life goals, we are constraining the well-being of communities. Personal safety is a prerequisite for creating an environment in which South Africans can thrive.

South Africans still do not feel safe

Whilst there has been moderate success in reducing crime levels in the country since 1994, South Africans still do not feel safe nor do they trust that their property is safe from crime. The Victims of Crime Survey published by Statistics South Africa in 2012, showed that more than 1 in 3 households avoid going into open spaces unaccompanied because of their fear of crime, almost 1 in 4 households would not allow their children to play unsupervised by an older person or play freely in their area. Only 14% of households felt safe to walk around in their area in the dark.

My colleague Dianne Kohler-Barnard will explain what the DA would do when we are in power and when she becomes the Minister of Police. So I would like to focus specifically on the Norkem Park police station.

In Birch Acres we have seen an increase in house breakings, car hijackings and theft

Here in Birch Acres we have seen an increase in house breakings, car hijackings and theft out of and of motor vehicles. The very place we all should feel the safest – our homes are now becoming fortresses with high walls, electric fences, alarms, security cameras, security beams.

This is certainly not how we should be living and it certainly is not the vision the DA has for South Africa.

We visited the police station earlier today in order to find out what the current situation is on the ground. I must also point out that I ask many questions in Parliament with regards to our local police stations, so the facts I am going to reveal tonight are a combination of both.

The Norkem Park, now services 73 249 residents with 121 uniform officers and 16 civilians, resulting in a ratio of one police officer for every 605 residents.

Despite the station having to service additional areas such as Edleen and Birch Acres Exts, we still only have three sectors with just one vehicle for visible policing for every shift.

Birch Acres falls into Sector two which also includes the suburbs of Norkem Park, Birchleigh North and now Greenfields – Birch Acres Exts.

The station has a total of 35 vehicles and eight of them are currently in the workshop – that is nearly a quarter. What this means is that vehicles are moved from different divisions in order to ensure that visible policing is not affected. Seven of the eight vehicles currently out of commission are from visible policing.

The lack of vehicles affects the police’s ability to respond

Unfortunately when police vehicles go to the mechanical workshop they are not repaired speedily, a parliamentary reply indicated the following:  As far as vehicles from Norkem Park are concerned, some of those vehicles where there on average for 80 days!

The lack of vehicles affects the police’s ability to respond to crimes and to conduct investigations.

I would like to read out some of the reasons given to me – the replacing of a cylinder head, for example, had taken 313 days, an simple inspection 72 days and one vehicle has been at the workshop for 74 days with no work code being allocated to it and 84 days for an exhaust replacement.

The 38 detectives have to share 15 vehicles – well 14 as one is currently out of action, they have between 80 – 90 cases each and some over 100 cases they have to investigate.

So ladies and gentleman I asked what would the ideal situation be in order to combat crime I was told ideally we would need an additional three sectors – so six in total with two vehicles patrolling during each shift, but that ladies and gentlemen will take political commitment and prioritization.

That is why our Ward 13 branch with the leadership of Councillor Allan Sauls and his Chairperson initiated a petition specifically for Sector 2 for better resources, Dianne and I will be handing it into Parliament once we re-open.

Out of the 121 police officers 79 failed their competence shooting test

But before I conclude I would like to leave you with one concerning fact, every year our men and women in blue have to go for a shooting competency test, this is to ensure that their accuracy is spot on when shooting at people and that innocent people are not injured.

So out of the 121 police officers 79 failed their competence shooting test, that is just over 65% of the police officers at Norkem Park police station should not be carrying firearms. This is extremely serious for many reasons and I intend to take it up with the Minister as a matter of urgency that is a promise I give you all tonight.

Thank you


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17 Criminal Cases Against Joburg Hospital Staff

Criminal staff

Seventeen criminal cases have been opened against employees of the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital as part of the disciplinary process against 116 employees in the last three years.

This is disclosed by Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu in a written reply to my questions in the Gauteng Legislature.

Disciplinary cases include the following:

13 cases of alleged unauthorized possession of hospital property
12 cases of improper, disgraceful and unacceptable conduct
12 cases of insubordination
11 cases of gross negligence
11 absenteeism cases
5 fraud charges
5 theft charges

There were two cases where employees were charged with soliciting money from the public in exchange for jobs.


According to Mahlangu, out of 55 formal disciplinary processes, 21 are closed, 8 are on appeal, 18 are pending investigation, 6 are at a disciplinary hearing stage and two are awaiting sanction and the implementation of a sanction respectively.

R648 484 has been paid out for suspension without pay in the last three years.

I am concerned that 34 out of 55 cases are not finalised as discipline should be as swift as possible while following due process.

Effective discipline is essential to raise service standards in our hospitals.

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