By Andrew Louw, MPL, DA Provincial Leader in the Northern Cape:
The Democratic Alliance is shocked by the passing of the Northern Cape MEC for Education, Ms. Grizelda Cjiekella-Lecholo.
We extend our heartfelt condolences to her friends and family, especially her son and husband. Our thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones in this difficult time.
By Jane Sithole MPL, Spokesperson on Public Works, Roads and Transport:
The DA extends its heartfelt condolences to the families of the six people who were killed in a tragic taxi accident on the N4 just outside Nelspruit on Wednesday night.
The taxi was carrying 12 people travelling to Johannesburg from Mozambique when the driver of the vehicle reportedly lost control and drove into a tree. Six passengers died on the scene while another six, including a one-year-old baby, sustained serious injuries and were taken to hospital.
Not only do road accidents put serious strain on the province’s economy, but they also rob families of breadwinners and loved ones.
This incident should act as reminder to all motorists that road accidents can happen at any given time or place, as such, they should remain alert at all times. The DA calls on all road users to obey the rules of the road, and to ensure that their vehicles are in a serviceable and roadworthy condition in order to avoid accidents.
We welcome the commitment made by Community Safety and Security MEC, Vusi Shongwe in Tuesday’s sitting of the Provincial Legislature, to work closely with our neighbouring countries and provinces in order to curb the flow of un-roadworthy vehicles through the province.
The DA will continue to work hand in hand with government to ensure more stringent steps are taken towards ending the carnage on our province’s roads.
By Safiyia Stanfley, MPL, DA Provincial Spokesperson on Sport, Arts and Culture:
The Democratic Alliance extends condolences to the family and friends of Wesley Godfrey on his untimely passing.
The 25 year old local hockey player has been described as a talented young player with great potential.
The death of a child is a pain no parent should go through.
The DA hopes his family will soon get answers regarding the cause of death of their loved one, in order to find closure.
Godfrey’s passing will surely leave the Northern Cape Provincial Men’s Hockey team poorer without him.
May his soul rest in peace.
By Katlego Suzan Phala MPL, DA Spokesperson on Transport, Safety, Security and Liaison:
The DA has learnt with shock that two toddlers were brutally murdered in Makonde village just outside Thohoyandou, recently.
The minors met their untimely death when they were allegedly attacked with a knobkerrie by their step- father while sleeping.
We call on police and the people of Limpopo to search and investigate until the man who is alleged to have murdered them and fled the scene, is arrested.
We wish to extend condolences to the family and the community in that area.
The death of these innocent lives highlights the endless plight of abuse experienced by women, children and the vulnerable in Limpopo’s homes.
I will be submitting a set of parliamentary questions to investigate the extent of effectiveness of the Department of Safety, Security and Liaison efforts on the fight against the abuse of women and children, particularly in semi-urban and rural areas.
By James Masango MP, DA Mpumalanga Leader:
The DA Mpumalanga sends our condolences to the family, friends and the SABC following the passing of William Sohlungulu Skhosana at a very young age.
Skhosana who died in a car accident at the weekend was the host of SABC’s Ikwekwezi FM traditional programs including Ithungelwa Ebandla a popular Sunday program. He also played a significant role among the Ndebele community by being an adviser on cultural issues.
We thank Skhosana who was also known as a praise singer (Imbongi) for his contribution to South Africa through his work at the SABC among others.
We wish his family and friends strength and comfort at this difficult time.
Lala ngokuthula. May your soul rest in peace.
By Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities:
Western Cape Liquor Authority members responded in the early hours of Sunday morning to reports of a serious incident at a tavern in Khayelitsha. The police were on the scene, and have subsequently opened a case. The Liquor Authority closed the establishment temporarily.
Pending the outcome of a report from SAPS’ Designated Liquor Officer, the Liquor Authority will take appropriate action, which can include sanctions such as revoking the licence if warranted.
We have also received reports that underage persons were inside the venue at the time of the incident. We are extremely concerned by this and will be investigating in terms of the liquor law.
I would like to send my condolences to the families of the victims of this tragedy. We will work actively with the SAPS to get to the bottom of this incident and ensure that appropriate action is taken.
By Pule Thole, MPL, DA Kalahari Constituency Head:
The Democratic Alliance extends condolences to the family and loved ones of Joe Morolong Councillor Tueloetsile Tshipo.
Tshipo was found dead by family members on the N14 highway after he went missing on Monday last week.
According to media reports, his death could be an assassination due to his involvement in land claims in the Joe Morolong municipal area and his involvement in community affairs.
A family has been robbed of their father, son and brother and the community at large its leader.
The DA calls for justice to takes its course in this matter, whoever is responsible for this loss of life must be face the full might of the law.
The justice system must send a strong message to the community that this type of criminality is unacceptable and will be punished severely.
By Andrew Louw, MPL, DA Provincial Leader:
The Democratic Alliance extends our sincere condolences to the Ritchie family whose child drowned in a plastic bucket. It is terrible to lose a child. We will keep the family in our thoughts and prayers.
The tragic death highlights the concerns that the DA have been raising on the serious sanitation backlog in the province. We welcome the fact that R6.4 million has been allocated to improve sanitation, water and electricity provision in Ritchie over the next financial year. We hope that this awful death will serve as a reminder to the Sol Plaatje local municipality to speed up service delivery and to clear the sanitation backlog.
By Pule Thole, MPL, DA Provincial Spokesperson on Safety:
The DA extends condolences to the family and loved ones of ZF Mgcawu Speaker, Nokhaya Mjila.
Majila was allegedly set alight by her husband in Oliefantshoek at the end of last month.
At the time of the incident it was reported that her husband, 48 year-old, killed three people in the process including a nine-month old baby.
The DA calls for justice to takes its course in this matter.
The justice system must send a strong message to the community that this type of domestic criminality is unacceptable and will be punished severely.
By Katlego Suzan Phala MPL, DA Spokesperson on Transport, Safety , Security and Liaison:
The DA has learnt with shock that 11 farm workers lost their lives in a horrific accident in the Sekhukhune District yesterday.
These farm workers were returning from a local football match where they participated, when they met their untimely deaths.
We call on police and the people of Limpopo to search and investigate until the man who is alleged to have caused the accident through his wreckless and negligent driving before he sped off from the scene, is arrested.
We wish to extend condolences to the farming communities, families of the victims and the football community in that area.