DA asks Questions on Farmers denied Title Deeds

Jack Bloom MPL

DA Gauteng Caucus Leader

The Democratic Alliance will ask questions in the Gauteng Legislature today (Monday 27 May) about failed promises to give title deeds to 138 farmers who were supposed to have been given these more than 10 years ago.

I will ask Gauteng Agriculture MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khosa what accounts for the delay in giving title deeds to qualifying farmers in the Gauteng Farmer Settlement Programme (GFSP) and when these will finally be issued.

The GFSP started with 254 farmers who signed three-year leases on farms in the west rand and in south Johannesburg in 1998, with the option to purchase after the expiry of the lease.

In 2002, they were promised the title deeds, but nothing came of this, and all subsequent promises have also been unfulfilled. Even the intervention of the Public Protector has failed to get the title deeds issued due to gross incompetence by the provincial government that has ruined the lives of these farmers.

 

A number of the affected farmers will be sitting in the public gallery to hear the MEC reply to the DA’s questions, and they will be available for interviews.

The DA is championing the interests of these farmers as part of our Umhlaba kuBantu, “Land to the People” campaign to get best use out of state-owned land in Gauteng where 55% of all land is owned by the government.

Other DA questions are as follows:

4.TR001            Dr N G Campbell (DA) to ask the Member of the Executive

                                    Council for Roads and Transport:

With regard to the ongoing shortage of Driver Testing Officials (examiners); will the MEC please indicate:

(i)             what is being done by the department to alleviate the shortage of

examiners in Gauteng;

(ii)            are these measures proving effective;

(iii)           if not, why not; and

(iv)           how does the MEC intend to reduce the backlog in driver

license testing without more examiners?

4.TR002            Dr N G Campbell (DA) to ask the Member of the Executive

                                    Council for Roads and Transport:

With regard to the regulation of Driving Schools, will the MEC please indicate:

(i)             does the MEC agree with the Portfolio Committee on Roads

and Transport that regulations of Driving Schools is necessary;

(ii)            if ‘no’ why not;

(iii)           if ‘yes’ what has been done to regulate  Driving Schools in

Gauteng if anything; and

(iv)           if a national regulation is necessary what steps have been

taken to lobby for legislation at the NDRT (National Department of Roads and Transport)?

            4.HL005            Mr J B Bloom (DA) to ask the Member of the Executive Council

                                    for Health:

                                    With regard to resignations of medical staff at the Charlotte Maxeke

Johannesburg Academic Hospital, will the MEC please indicate:

(i)            how many anaesthetists have resigned or given notice of

resignation   this year;

(ii)           how many specialist doctors in other categories have resigned or

given notice of resignation this year;

(iii)          what are the reasons for the resignations;

(iv)          what effect is this expected to have on patient care at the

hospital; and

(v)           what steps are being taken to retain skilled medical staff at this

hospital?

            4.HL006            Mr J B Bloom (DA) to ask the Member of the Executive Council

                                    for Health:

With regard to the forensic audit into the Auckland Park Medical Depot, will the MEC please indicate:

(i)             what action has been taken based on the findings and recommendations of this audit;

(ii)         what staff members have been suspended or removed based on this audit;

(iii)        what disciplinary action has taken place based on this report;

(iv)        what charges are these staff members facing; and

(v)        what are the reasons for any delays in disciplinary and other

action based on findings and recommendations OF this report?

4.ECD001         Mr M S Moriarty (DA) to ask the Member of the Executive Council

for Economic Development:

Further to ECD006, regarding the suspension of Khulu Radebe on separate charges to those mentioned in other questions, will the MEC please indicate:

(i)         whether has the disciplinary committee finalised its work; and

(ii)         if so, what was the outcome?

4.ECD002         Mr M S Moriarty (DA) to ask the Member of the Executive Council

for Economic Development:

Further to 5.ECD038, will the MEC please indicate:

(i)             please indicate the person(s) that prosecuted the disciplinary case

against Mr Khulu Radebe in respect of the findings of forensic audit GDF/FOR/1011003;

(ii)         who appointed this prosecutor(s);

(iii)        when was this prosecutor(s) appointed;

(iv)        who recommended that this prosecutor(s) be considered for the prosecution of this case; and

(v)        if the prosecutor(s) was part of a panel of prosecutor(s) that could be used in disciplinary cases then who put this panel together?

4.PS001            Mr J C Moodey (DA) to ask the Member of the Executive Council

for Community Safety:

Further to reply 4.PS002, concerning the case of Emido Macia, will the MEC please indicate:

(i)             the reasons why this family has still not received any of the financial assistance promised it;

(ii)            were the promises made to his widow and 3 year old son just a publicity stunt;

(iii)           whether the MEC prepared to go back to this family to explain why

they have received no assistance as of yet, despite promises the MEC made to them;

(iv)          what date will the financial assistance promised be provided, if ever; and

(v)           how much will be provided?

 

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