📰 16/02/2021

🏛️ If we table the reform agenda, Mr President, will you back it?

In Parliament today, DA Leader John Steenhuisen outlined proactive proposals and responses to SONA which include splitting up Eskom, limiting government debt, making it easier for small businesses to operate, and bringing back The Scorpions with their 93% conviction rate.

Read more: https://www.da.org.za/2021/02/if-we-table-the-reform-agenda-mr-president-will-you-back-it

🙅‍♂️ DA to reject any legislation aimed at creating yet another futile Ramaphosa anti-corruption body

Following Pres. Ramaphosa’s announcement of a statutory body under the National Anti-Corruption Strategy, the DA said that the Party would reject any such legislation brought before Parliament. “SA already has enough corruption-busting agencies and it doesn’t need a new one. What it does need is for those that already exist to work.”

Read more: https://www.da.org.za/2021/02/da-to-reject-any-legislation-aimed-at-creating-yet-another-futile-ramaphosa-anti-corruption-body

👩‍⚖️ Did Ramaphosa know about sexual harassment allegations against Senzo Mchunu when he appointed Mchunu to Cabinet?

After reports revealed that one of Ramaphosa’s closest allies is embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal dating back to 2018, the DA committed to questioning the President on the subject in Parliament.

Read more: https://www.da.org.za/2021/02/did-ramaphosa-know-about-sexual-harassment-allegations-against-senzo-mchunu-when-he-appointed-mchunu-to-cabinet

🔬 DA demands forensic audit into dodgy Cape Minstrel Grants

The DA welcomed the Auditor-General’s decision to consider investigating the suspicious finding of the Cape Town Minstrel Carnival Association by the National Lotteries Commission (NLC), after it was revealed that the Association received a whopping R54 403 058 in grants from the NLC.

Read more: https://www.da.org.za/2021/02/da-demands-forensic-audit-into-dodgy-cape-minstrel-grants-2

🗣️ Minister Motshekga must retract and apologise over rape comments

The DA called on the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, to publicly retract and apologise for comments she made yesterday while addressing pupils at the Prospectus High School in Tshwane. The Minister told learners that “an educated man won’t rape”.

Read more: https://www.da.org.za/2021/02/minister-motshekga-must-retract-and-apologise-over-rape-comments

💬 Committee agrees to meeting with Facebook

The DA is pleased that the Committee of Communications and Digital Technologies in Parliament has agreed to invite Facebook for a meeting in order to build a relationship and clarify concerns.

Read more: https://www.da.org.za/2021/02/committee-agrees-to-meeting-with-facebook