Budget vote speeches: Office of the Premier, EC Provincial Legislature and Department of Health

The following speeches were delivered in the Eastern Cape Legislature today by DA spokesperson for the Office of the Premier, Edmund van Vuuren MPL, DA Chief Whip, Bobby Stevenson MPL and DA Shadow MEC for Health, Celeste Barker MPL, during the budget vote debates of provincial departments.

Speech by
Edmund van Vuuren,MPL
DA spokesperson on the Office of the Premier

“The Premier is not serious about fraud and corruption if only R7 million is made available”

  • 250 backlog cases for fraud and corruption and only a measly R7 million made available to fight fraud and corruption.
  • Litigation cases regarding service delivery within the province because of Legislative prescripts not followed.
  • Irregular expenditure on services not delivered.

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Speech by
Bobby Stevenson, MPL
DA Chief Whip

“No Question Paper for Written Reply produced for two months in the legislature”

  • Sixty one questions have not appeared on the question paper.
  • The constitution provides for mechanisms to ensure that all provincial organs of state are accountable to the legislature.
  • The legislature breaks its own rules.  Rule 183 provides that the Secretary must publish a question paper for written reply every Friday.

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Speech by
Celeste Barker, MPL
DA Shadow MEC for Health

“Health care must contribute to freedom, fairness and opportunities for all”

  • Expand public healthcare.
  • DOH relies on 2007 organogram.
  • A top heavy budget

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