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Midvaal mayor Bongani Baloyi has filed a case of intimidation

Midvaal mayor Bongani Baloyi has filed a case of intimidation against FF+

A case of intimidation has been filed by the Executive Mayor of Midvaal, Bongani Baloyi, at the Meyerton Police Station.

According to the Democratic Alliance, a community meeting for Ward 13 in the NG Kerk Oos, Riversdal where mayor Baloyi was to address the community regarding progress in Midvaal achieved so far, and share the vision for Midvaal for the next five years was violently interrupted by members of Freedom Front Plus.

DA Gauteng Provincial Leader, John Moodey said, “These FF+ members came to intimidate mayor Baloyi and fellow DA members from delivering our message to the community. The DA condemns these desperate antics by the FF+ as symptomatic of the proverbial ‘dying horse’.

“We will write to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to investigate this political intolerance to prevent another incident like this in Midvaal.”

“I will not allow anyone to intimidate and threaten me because of my political association, views on AA and BBBEE and most importantly because of the colour of my skin,” Baloyi said.

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DA Caucus Leader Simon Mollo calls Emfuleni to account for negligence

DA Caucus Leader Simon Mollo calls for Emfuleni to account. Picture: Sourced

The Democratic Alliance in Sedibeng has blamed Emfuleni Local Municipality following the drowning of two learners from a special need school.

The incident which occurred in the Emfuleni Municipal Swimming pool in Sharpeville saw two learners, aged 14 & 17; from the Thabo Vuyo Special School drown due to negligence.

DA Caucus Leader, Simon Mollo said, “The DA went to inspect the Municipal Swimming pool on Friday and is concerned about our findings. There is no access-control to the swimming pool whatsoever. This leaves it open to anyone from the public to access the premises even when no supervision is available.”

“Municipal staff members are letting people in when the pool is supposed to be closed and no lifeguards are on duty. This means the amounts to neglect. It is tragic how the most vulnerable have to suffer the consequences of the ANC-governments neglect.”

Mollo further cited that the DA calls on the SAPS for a swift and thorough investigation into the matter.

“I will be writing to MMC Shaka Radebe for Sports, Recreation, Arts, Culture and Library Information Systems to find out why staff members are by-passing the safety protocols and for them to be suspended pending an investigation,” Mollo concluded.

A swimming pool in which two learners drowned in

A swimming pool in which two learners drowned. Picture Credit: DA 

Two school children lost their lives in a government swimming pool.

The 17 and 14 year-old boys from Thabo Vuyo Special School drowned on the morning of February 16.

The two pupils were amongst a group of other learners who visited the Emfuleni Swimming Pool. It is alleged they were guided by their female teacher.

According to Emfuleni Local Municipality, the group entered the facilities unauthorised, “unfortunately” the event ended up in tragic death of two learners.

“Whilst there is an arrangement runs only between Tuesdays and Fridays,” said municipal spokesperson Stanley Gaba in a statement.

“During this time, swimming instructors and lifeguards are available to supervise safety and rescue swimmers when the need arise.”

Every Monday of the week, the facilities are closed for maintenance.

According to him, the reasons for yesterday’s unauthorised entry are unknown.

The matter is currently under investigation with the SAPS.

DA's Khume Ramulifho calls for quality improved matric pass

DA’s Khume Ramulifho calls for quality improved matric pass. Photo: Sourced

The Democratic Alliance in Gauteng has moved swiftly in calling for improved quality pass amid top matric results which were announced on Tuesday.

In a statement issued Khume Ramulifho, MPL DA Gauteng Shadow MEC of Education said, “We will be asking Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, to provide a breakdown of passes for each school in the province to ensure that targeted interventions are made to improve the quality of passes in 2016.”

“The quality of passes opens doors for more opportunities. The success of this province is dependent on young people who work hard, prepared to create and utilise opportunities,” Ramulifho added.

Ramulifho congratulated learners who passed grade 12 in 2015 with strong emphasis to the Sedibeng district for being the best district in the country.

Gauteng took second position following the Western Cape (84.7%) with 84.2%. the DA believes that more emphasis is required to fix the education system especially at schools that fall within the quintile 1-3 (Schools in quintile1,2 and 3 have been declared no-fee schools, while schools in quintiles 4 and 5 are fee-paying schools).

“Many of these schools operate under difficult circumstances including overcrowding, lack of resources and socio-economic challenges. This will assist in redressing inequalities in our country,” Ramulifho concluded.

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