DA’s women structure to march for ‘honest’ KwaMhlanga policing

They say recently a child was raped in the area and the community caught the man but police actions left many community members disappointed.


The DA’s women network is taking a war to the KwaMhlanga police station.

They want the cops in the area to do their jobs “honestly” and “professionally”.

Both DA women’s network leader Nomafrench Mbombo and Mpumalanga Premier candidate Jane Sithole will lead the march to the cop shop.

The party says people continue to receive poor services from police and they suffer as a result.

“Recently, a young girl was raped and despite community members catching the perpetrator in the act and calling the police, the SAPS took an hour to respond,” provincial spokeswoman Buchule Putini said.

She said when the DA investigated the matter, they were told the station does not have enough vehicles to attend rapidly to reports.

“There are no rooms where victims can be kept safe overnight and there is a limited number of trained police that handle sensitive cases,” she said.

The safety of women and children in South Africa is under attack, the party said.

“And we cannot put trust in the unequipped police. In 2018 there were 1260 assault cases reported in the province,” Putini said.

DA women’s network will hold a public meeting with the residents of KwaMhlanga and then hand over a memorandum to the KwaMhlanga police station.

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DA’s plan for MP is fight corruption, open fair access to long-term jobs

The poison of former Premier DD Mabuza will infect the whole country, doing to South Africa what it did to Mpumalanga. 


MMUSI MAIMANE


The DA wants to offer the people of Mpumalanga a new beginning – under a provincial and national leadership that is honest and committed to improving the lives of all the residents of this incredible province.

Our plan for Mpumalanga and South Africa is to fight corruption, to open fair access to long-term jobs, to create an honest and professional police service, to speed up the delivery of services, and to secure our borders so that everyone living in SA is doing so legally.

A DA government in Mpumalanga would be the antidote to David Mabuza’s poison.

Mpumalanga needs a remedy urgently – because the Mabuza poison has spread to every single part of this province, including to eMalahleni municipality here, which has collapsed into bankruptcy under the weight of his corruption.

#Maimane launched the party’s TeamOneSouthAfrica in eMalahleni on 2 November 2018

If we don’t act soon, the whole country will be infected.

Fellow South Africans, we are just one heart attack away from having this man as our president. In fact, we may be just one spiked drink away.

With Mpumalanga’s record of political assassinations, we would be naïve not to consider this as a risk.

In South Africa, the deputy president tends to become president.

So, one way or another, we face the real threat of Mabuza as president.

And then his poison will infect the whole country, doing to South Africa what it did to Mpumalanga.

He will steal the whole country just to buy political power to stay on top.

First, Mpumalanga’s education department got infected, when Mabuza was provincial head.

Everyone knows that he stole millions of rands meant for schools and schoolchildren and used it to buy political loyalty so that he could accumulate enormous political power.

He used that political power as a bargaining chip to become deputy president of South Africa. That’s right.

He stepped on your children’s heads to climb the ladder of power.

Do you know that nearly a quarter of primary schools in Mpumalanga still have pit toilets?

That’s the price your children have paid for his rise to (almost) the top.

As MEC for Agriculture, he infected the land claims process.

Do you know that pretty much all land restitution claims in Mpumalanga while he was MEC were fake? He was pocketing the money meant for poor black farmers.

As Premier he turned a blind eye to the corruption in his administration, to secure political support. He syphoned off money from public services in Mpumalanga, all the time using it to open more and more ANC branches, to “buy” more and more ANC delegates.

The votes of those delegates, bought with money meant for service delivery in Mpumalanga, became his bargaining chip at the ANC’s conference in Nasrec last year.

He gave those votes to Ramaphosa’s faction, in return for the deputy presidency.

He has sacrificed your futures, pushing you down, to get himself to the top.

By stomping on your lives and the lives of your children like stepping stones, he has climbed to a position that allows him to infect the whole country, to steal from the national purse, and to shape South Africa’s future for years to come. Is that what we want for our country? For our children? For ourselves?

Fellow South Africans, Mpumalanga has been cursed with the worst leadership of any province. Of all the thieves operating in South Africa, DD Mabuza is the worst by far.

He even makes neighbouring thief, Ace Magashule, look tame.

He is a cruel, dangerous man who will stop at nothing to get ahead.

Since 2009, we’ve heard of many, many political assassinations of people who have tried to expose corruption or contest for power. We can all put two and two together and get four.

No one and nothing in Mpumalanga has escaped Mabuza’s poison. Mpumalanga has such incredible potential. Its people should be rich from tourism, agriculture and mining.

This province could bless its people with good, prosperous lives.

But instead, all the news coming out of Mpumalanga is bad news, as if the sun is setting on Mpumalanga.

We hear of collapsing municipalities that together owe Eskom over R4 billion and are about to be thrown into darkness because they cannot pay for electricity.

We hear of communities without water for days on end. We see sewers overflowing.

We hear of youth unemployment that is the highest in South Africa.

We hear that eMalahleni has one of the highest murder rate and is one of the highest areas of criminal activity in South Africa.

We hear of Mpumalanga’s collapsing healthcare system, where the number of health workers has halved in the past eight years and where the department has lost R6 billion rand (that’s six thousand million rand) to irregular expenditure in the past two years.

We see roads here becoming severely dilapidated and filled with potholes. No wonder tourists choose to go elsewhere.

Mpumalanga has been poisoned by Mabuza.

All this devastation we can put on Mabuza’s shoulders. And now that there’s nothing left to steal, he is looking to infect the whole country.

The DA is the antidote to Mabuza’s poison.

Our offer is to fight corruption by giving a 15-year jail sentence to those who are found to be corrupt.

Where the DA governs, public money is spent on delivering to the people. We take a zero-tolerance approach to corruption.

Our brand is synonymous with clean audits and good governance.

Vote DA in 2019 to rid Mpumalanga and SA of the infection of corruption that Mabuza and the ANC have spread. Vote DA to build one SA for All.

*Maimane is the national leader of the Democratic Alliance

EFF, DA gang up against sports MEC Thandi Shongwe

The EFF in the Mpumalanga province has written to Premier Refilwe Mtshweni to have sports MEC Thandi Shongwe recalled while the DA has written to Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane to investigate allegations that Shongwe received a R1.5 million “bribe” for the procurement of the Nelson Mandela statue.


In their memorandum to Mtshweni, the EFF’s Collen Sedibe says the former speaker’s conduct “compromises the principle and standards of good governance, corrupt free, open and transparent government”.

“Pursuant to the number of fraud and corruption cases laid against honourable BT Shongwe during her tenure as the speaker of the provincial legislature and the recent proven allegation of abuse of office as an MEC and misuse of the state cell phone to an amount of more than R60 000 a month, the EFF hereby request the honourable Premier [Ms] RM Mtsweni to recall Mrs BT Shongwe as the MEC for Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture with immediate effect,” Sedibe writes.

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The DA’s Jane Sithole says they have written to Mkhwebane to ask her to investigate allegations that Shongwe “pocketed a R1.5 million bribe during the procurement of the Mandela statue”.

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“During a recent sitting of the Mpumalanga provincial legislature, MEC Shongwe couldn’t admit or deny that she accepted a bribe but chose to rather try and embarrass other members of the Legislature instead of answering the question.

“MEC Shongwe is no stranger to controversy related to hyper-inflated tenders as she has been linked to multiple inflated tenders during her time as speaker of the provincial legislature,” Sithole said in a statement.

Shongwe’s spokeswoman Sibongile Nkosi didn’t answer her phone on Tuesday morning.

Sithole in a statement said Shongwe used to “enjoy the perks of [then Premier DD] Mabuza’s protection”.

“The Public Protector must do a full investigation into MEC Shongwe so that she can pay back any money gained from corruption. We will continue to monitor this situation in our effort to build One South Africa For All,” she said.

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DA decries Msholozi township ‘sex for jobs culture’

The Premier candidate visited the area this week to launch her party’s Listening Tour.


The DA in the Mpumalanga province is concerned of how the people of Msholozi township are “denied fair access to jobs”, it said.

Leader Jane Sithole launched the party’s Listening Tour in the Mbombela township and said what they found in that township is “saddening”.

“According to the residents of Msholozi township, it is common practice for potential employers in and around the area to ask for money or sex in exchange for jobs,” Sithole said.

She said many women described how violated they felt because they “were essentially being forced into prostitution”.

“And in most times, the promised jobs wouldn’t materialise,” Sithole said.

“It is the most vulnerable members of our society who bear the brunt of a weak economy and who are forced to live without basic services. This leaves them vulnerable to sex pests who use the promise of employment as a means to prey on their vulnerability,” the premier candidate said in a statement.

Sithole, who was elected provincial leader this year during an elective congress, was announced by her party in September 2018 as the Mpumalanga premier candidate.

She promises to change things for the better. She said will restore the dignity of the “province’s forgotten residents” through a programme of accelerated delivery of quality basic services.

She added the people in the area have found hope in the DA despite everything.

“Members of this community welcomed the DA with open arms and committed themselves to working with the DA and its vision for change that builds One South Africa For All,” she said.

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DA has petition against “high taxes”, fuel hikes

It says it’s only 10 months since Cyril Ramaphosa took over the country yet nothing had changed.


The Democratic Alliance has a petition against tax and fuel rises and were encouraging South Africans to sign it, it said.

The party said it was concerned that South Africans were getting poorer due to the hikes and that this was the seventh increase in just 10 months.

“It is a vote of no confidence in Cyril Ramaphosa’s ANC and its ability to fix our economy, make life easier for South Africans and create access to jobs for those without work,” Mpumalanga leader Jane Sithole said.

She said that:

– Unemployment is at a record high.

– The Rand is weak.

– The cost of living has gone up.

– Income Tax has gone up.

– VAT has gone up.

– Electricity has gone up.

– Food has gone up.

“The ANC cannot continue to blame these fuel price increases on international markets,” Sithole said.

“The reality is that almost a third of the cost of petrol per litre goes directly to the government,” she said.

Motorists will now pay nearly R17 for petrol and R15.65 for diesel.

Fuel prices in South Africa will be between R4 and R7 more expensive than in Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland and Lesotho.

The DA says they will do the following when they take over government:

– Stop reckless economic policies.

– Cut the size of the Cabinet from 35 to 15 ministries.

– Introduce an economic austerity plan to bring down government spending.

– Take action to make sure government stops the massive losses on state-owned enterprises like SAA and Eskom.

– Fund revenue shortfalls by cutting wasteful expenditure, and not adding taxes.

“The ANC cannot continue to pick the pockets of South Africans to deal with their inability to manage the economy. The people of South Africa cannot continue to fund ANC corruption. It is time for the change that creates One South Africa For All,” Sithole said.

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