DA to keep pursuing pressing issues in FS

DA Free State Caucus members are from the left David van Vuuren, Karabo Khakhau, Roy Jankielsohn, James Letuka, Mariette Pittaway and Leona Kleynhans.

The Democratic Alliance in the Free State will keep pursuing controversial issues that persist in the province. This is according to Caucus leader, Roy Jankielsohn, in Bloemfontein today when members who will take up their seats in Free State Legislature held a briefing.

After General Election results were released on 11 May 2019, Bloemfontein Courant reported that votes for opposition parties had increased. FS African National Congress has to surrender 3 Provincial Legislature seats to the DA and Economic Freedom Fighters. This shows a strengthening of support for the opposition.

The DA has gained a seat and vows to continue to hold the executive of the province and management of the Legislature accountable. “As the opposition we do not only want to criticise government but we want to put forward alternatives on the table which we think that government should adopt,” said Jankielsohn.

Pressing issues which remain on the party’s agenda include the Vrede Dairy project, Ramkraal Legislature Complex, allegedly corrupt housing and asbestos contracts. “There is a Public Protector report regarding the corrupt asbestos contracts. We will also concentrate on controversial housing projects as there are allegations of corruption regarding these contracts in the Free State,” added Jankielsohn.

Caucus Chairperson, James Letuka, said that the aim of the probing is to improve the province. “The majority of municipalities in the Free State have collapsed. When you look at the reasons why they have collapsed essentially it is because of financial mismanagement. This includes administration in general that has fallen apart,” said Letuka. – Nomaqhawe Mtebele