The handling of public finances in North West province a great shame

The Ad Hoc Committee of Parliament inquiring into the intervention in the North West Provincial Government in terms of section 100 of the Constitution was briefed by National Treasury, Auditor-General, Premier of the North West province and the MECs of the six departments under administration on the fiscal position and governance and financial management of the province.

ACDP Member of Parliament Cheryllyn Dudley today said that, “The handling of public finances in the North West province is a great shame and sadly the people of the North West are the ones who suffer the consequences. The ACDP shares concerns that the Office of the Premier was able to centralise services that should be performed by provincial departments without being called on it, instead of doing its job of monitoring and evaluating what it was implementing.

The ACDP acknowledges the committee’s observation that “a lack of consequence management for irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure, particularly in the five departments that are currently under section 100 (1) (b) intervention, through-out the years which has led to the escalation of incidents of irregular expenditure and fruitless and wasteful expenditure.”

The ACDP calls on portfolio committees in all provincial legislatures, councillors in the municipal councils, and the portfolio and select committees of Parliament to strengthen their oversight in line with lessons learned from this unacceptable situation.

As the committee has said, “there should be focused political will and commitment in monitoring and oversight and the provincial leadership should take responsibility and create a culture in which accountability can be restored and strengthened in the province.”

The ACDP appreciates the positive approach of the new Premier in the province which was also detected in the presentations. This we expect, will assist the committee in its task of monitoring the intervention on a regular basis.”

28 June 2018

ACDP notes extension of deadline for public comments on draft Learner Pregnancy Policy

ACDP Member of Parliament Cheryllyn Dudley appealed to the public to respond to the draft policy on learner pregnancy, the deadline of which has now been extended.

“The ACDP is appealingly to the public and stakeholders to take advantage of the extended deadline and to respond by submitting their comments”, Dudley said.

The policy seeks to ensure the accessible provision of information on prevention; choice of termination of pregnancy (CToP); care, counselling and support.

The department justifies the policy saying: “the rate of learner pregnancy in South Africa has become a major social, systemic and fiscal challenge not only for the basic education sector but, crucially, for the national development in general. It impacts the lives of many young people often limiting their personal growth, the pursuit of rewarding careers and their ambitions with incalculable impact on the country’s socio-economic systems.”

Dudley said that “The ACDP is extremely concerned that the social sector’s collective response to the challenge of stabilising and reducing the incidence of learner pregnancy and its adverse effects on education will cause unthinkable emotional damage and fuel the intense anger already in the hearts of broken and abused young people”.

The policy also commits the basic education system and other role players to providing Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) that they believe is crucial to sexual and reproductive health.

“The ACDP is opposed to CSE which includes counselling on the choice of termination of pregnancy in schools.  We strongly object to this short sighted and counterproductive approach to the challenges young people are facing.”

The policy also confirms that pregnant learners must be allowed to remain in school during their pregnancies and return as soon after giving birth as is appropriate for both the learner and her child. Schools will be required to accommodate the reasonable needs of the learner to ensure that her right to education is not disrupted or ended by pregnancy or birth.

All interested parties are invited to comment on the policy in writing via email to or fax to 012-3288401.

Kindly provide a name, address, telephone number, and an email address of the persons/organisation submitting the comment.

Closing date for comment is 30 July 2018.

For more information on the draft policy on learner pregnancy in schools, click here.

28 June 2018

ACDP disappointed at Government’s failure to curb crime

The ACDP is shocked by the increasing acts of lawlessness in the country and very disappointed at government’s failure to curb crime.

About two weeks ago, we saw municipal workers on strike in Durban using graders and other earth-moving machinery damaging roads while the police stood by watching, and did nothing.

Every week, violent protests take place, properties are destroyed, and government remains unresponsive, like lame ducks.

Last week, a Member of Parliament was shot dead, allegedly during a botched hijacking attempt in Roodepoort, Gauteng.

This past weekend, three more farmers were brutally murdered across the country. The latest statistics on farm murders show that since 2012, there have been 3,059 attacks on farms.

The ACDP believes that targeting food producers, which includes farmers and farm labourers, is tantamount to targeting the livelihood of our nation. This we strongly condemn!

The ACDP reiterates our call for the restoration of farm commandos and rural security forces to increase the presence of security on farms and smallholdings, as we believe that current security measures are insufficient and leaves our food producers vulnerable.

The ACDP wishes to convey our condolences to the families of those farmers who lost their lives, families whose daughters and granddaughters who have been brutally raped and murdered, and other innocent members of our communities who have become victims of violent crime.

“Enough is enough! The murder of the innocent must stop!”

26 June 2018

Saeb Erekat statement is meant to scare Palestinian Authority into protecting Hamas stronghold for sake of appearance of solidarity

Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat accused President Donald Trump’s peace team of plotting to topple the Palestinian Authority (PA).

ACDP Member of Parliament Cheryllyn Dudley today said that, “Saeb Erekat would be concerned about initiatives that could further divide the Palestinian Authority and Hamas.  His statement is clearly aimed at trying to persuade the Palestinian Authority that protecting Hamas is in their interests. The lack of unity among Palestinians is something even the ANC questions. It is however, in the best interests of the Palestinian people, (and Israel and the US in terms of peace in the Middle East) to work with the Palestinian Authority to free Palestinians from the grip and abuse of Hamas, and not to topple them.

“On 4 November 2014, during a dialogue between myself and Saeb at the ICC in East London, Dr Saeb, who I had met in Ramallah previously, said: Efforts are being made to move toward national conciliation with the view of when we Palestinians differ, we use the ballot and not the bullet. National conciliation is his dream.”

On Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Senior Advisor to President Donald Trump Jared Kushner and Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt in Jerusalem. After visits to Jordan, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, Greenblatt and Kushner were expected to provide details of the US-sponsored peace plan to the Israeli Premier, with an eye to jump-starting negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, which has maintained a boycott of the Trump administration since its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the US’ subsequent embassy move.

While PA President Mahmoud Abbas has repeatedly rejected the US’ role in the peace process since Trump’s Jerusalem declaration, King Abdullah II of Jordan met with Kushner and Greenblatt on Wednesday, declaring that the “US has an important role” in future talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

The Palestinians reportedly refused to meet with the US team as part of their boycott of the Trump administration.

Erekat’s claim that, “The goal behind this is to sustain the [Hamas] coup and keep Gaza separated from [Palestinian-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria] . . . to creat[e] a mini-state in Gaza while bringing down the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank,” was in response to a statement released by Kushner and Greenblatt referencing discussions with Netanyahu about humanitarian issues related to the Gaza Strip, which is ruled by the Hamas terror group.

Dudley said that in discussions with her, Saeb Erekat had seemed sincere when he said ‘Jews, Moslem’s and Christians have lived together for centuries and can live together’ and that ‘a two state solution and peace are possible’.

Dudley further said that, “It is such a pity that politics breeds paranoia on all sides. It will take a miracle – as was the case in South Africa – for great men and women to dare to do the unthinkable and to reach for peace and a shared future despite the seeming impossibility of such a dream.

“We commend the efforts of Israel and the US in this regard and call on them to ensure that the Palestinian Authority has the space they need to initiate their own efforts to find common ground.”

25 June 2018

ACDP condemns bomb attack at political rally in Bulawayo

ACDP Member of Parliament Cheryllyn Dudley today said that “The ACDP condemns the bomb attack at a political rally in Bulawayo which appears to have been an assassination attempt on Zimbabwe’s President, Emmerson Mnangagwa.

“The ACDP sends condolences and prayers to the injured. This is a disturbing occurrence and the ACDP calls on opposition parties in Zimbabwe to condemn violence and intimidation tactics. Those responsible are the enemies of a democratic Zimbabwe and must face the consequences.”

An object exploded close to Mr Mnangagwa as he was leaving the stage having addressed supporters.  While the president was unhurt, the Zimbabwe state broadcaster (ZBC) reported that Vice-President Kembo Mohadi suffered a leg injury.  Presidential spokesman George Charamba told the Zimbabwe Herald newspaper that there were eight or nine people injured, most of whom had been attended to and discharged from hospital.  ZBC reported that Zanu PF national chairman, Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, political commissar, Engelbert Rugeje, and some ZBC crew members were also injured.

President Mnangagwa has visited the injured in hospital. He has condemned the violence as senseless and pleaded for unity.  Mr Mnangagwa came to power last November, ousting his former mentor Robert Mugabe. The president was in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second city and an opposition stronghold, to campaign for his Zanu-PF party ahead of nationwide elections taking place on 30 July.

The elections are the first in Zimbabwe since Mr Mugabe was ousted after 37 years in power.

25 June 2018

ACDP supports moral regeneration movement involvement in local government

The ACDP notes with interest that the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Dr Zweli Mkhize, has met with the leader of the Moral Regeneration Movement (MRM), Father Smangaliso Mkhatshwa, to discuss a possible collaboration to instill ethical leadership in local government.

ACDP Member of Parliament, Cheryllyn Dudley, today said that, “The ACDP supports efforts by the minister to ensure local government benefits from the work of the MRM which seeks to mainstream shared common societal values such as respect and concern for all people; respect for human dignity and equality; upholding honesty, integrity and loyalty; and the promotion of responsible freedom and the rule of law and democracy.”

The MRM and CoGTA have agreed to explore ways that ethical leadership could be ingrained in local government leaders and integrated into the councillor induction programme as a social aspect of the Back to Basics programme which aims to promote good governance, financial proficiency, efficient service delivery and anti-corruption attitudes in local government.

Minister Mkhize said CoGTA will engage the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) (which is already in a formalised partnership with MRM)  to determine how CoGTA’s objectives could be integrated in the existing relationship.

Dudley added that, “While the vision of the Moral Regeneration Movement is appreciated, the ACDP does have significant concerns that the MRM’s existence since 2002 has not had a noticeable impact on ethical transformation nor has there been any notable positive influence on the bahaviour of our society in general”.

“The ACDP calls on Parliament to review the mandate and performance of the MRM, and to hold public hearings to allow society as a whole to evaluate the relevance of the MRM and make recommendations going forward”, Dudley said.

20 June 2018

ACDP shocked by news of ANC MP being shot and killed

The ACDP is shocked and saddened by the news that ANC Member of Parliament, Sibusiso Radebe, was shot dead in Roodepoort, Gauteng, last night (Tuesday, June 19).

ACDP MP and Chief Whip, Cheryllyn Dudley, today said that, “Honourable Radebe was a colleague and we are saddened by this tragic news. We in the ACDP send our heartfelt condolences to Sibusiso’s family and ANC colleagues”.

Preliminary reports indicate that the deceased was with another person in a vehicle parked in Carbon Street, Lindhaven, when two suspects allegedly approached the vehicle and opened fire, fatally wounding the deceased, while his companion managed to escape uninjured.

The police were searching for two people in connection with the 40-year-old politician’s murder. The motive is still unknown.

“We call on authorities to act swiftly to apprehend suspects and investigate the killing. This does not bode well as we head toward the 2019 elections which will be fraught with political tensions”, Dudley said.

20 June 2018

ACDP calls for broad-based Parliamentary inquiry into corruption, mismanagement, and lack of accountability in the nuclear industry in South Africa

Last week the African Christian Democratic Party noted the findings in the report by the Public Protector on allegations of maladministration by NECSA which stated that the Public Protector was unable to conclude whether the conduct of the NECSA constituted maladministration.

Commenting further today, ACDP Member of Parliament Cheryllyn Dudley said, “The ACDP has previously called on government for an inquiry into NECSA and the nuclear industry in South Africa, and now calls on Parliament and the committees of Energy, Public Enterprises and Labour, to initiate a broad-based inquiry – similar to the Eskom inquiry – into corruption, mismanagement, and lack of accountability in the sector”.

Dudley says, “The ACDP is of the opinion that government’s stated commitment to scrutinising state-owned entities is in question in this regard. Parliament’s role of oversight of the Executive therefore demands that urgent attention be given this matter.

Overlooking the allegations regarding South Africa’s nuclear entities holds untold risks and potentially far-reaching consequences.

The ACDP also notes that the report by the Public Protector will be taken to the High Court for Judicial Review and that the citizen’s nuclear opposition group, the Coalition Against Nuclear Energy, (CANE), have described the report as a travesty of justice, which has let NECSA, the National Nuclear Regulator, the Compensation Fund, and the Department of Labour entirely off the hook.”

Dudley added that, “The report in which the Public Protector stopped short of ensuring justice for former workers in the nuclear industry has been described as incompetent, legally misguided, and biased.  It is important that justice is not only done but is seen to be done and this will necessitate acknowledgement where mismanagement has occurred and taking responsibility in terms of compensation”.

18 June 2018

ACDP notes Public Protector’s findings and remedial action plan over alleged NECSA maladministration

ACDP Member of Parliament Cheryllyn Dudley today said that, “The ACDP notes the findings in the report by the Public Protector on allegations of maladministration by NECSA, which states that the Public Protector was unable to conclude whether the conduct of the NECSA constitutes maladministration.

“We acknowledge the value of this investigation. The need to follow due process in matters of compensation claims is of utmost importance for the health and safety of workers generally but even more so where exposure to nuclear activity is involved. Investigations into the death of a worker should be prioritised in the interests of all workers.

“The ACDP calls on the Group CEO of NECSA to ensure the remedial action plan is made public as soon as possible and that timelines are adhered to in actioning the plan.

The ACDP also notes that NNR and NECSA are to pay for all specialist medical costs to investigate further and to evaluate compliance with respect to admin and registers. We welcome the Public Protector’s commitment to monitoring the remedial action within one month and every 3 months thereafter.”

15 June 2018

ACDP extends best wishes to all teams taking part in 2018 FIFA World Cup

ACDP Member of Parliament Cheryllyn Dudley today motivated countries participating in this year’s Fifa World Cup which kicked off yesterday, June 14, in Russia.

Dudley said, “The eyes of the world are on you at this time. You have this amazing opportunity, by your example in sportsmanship, to impact positively on the character and behaviour of, not only our youth of today but those following in their footsteps. May God be with you and grant you much favour!”

“ACDP joins the South African Government in remembering the words of Tata Madiba when he said:

“Sport is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. Sport has the power to change the world”.

15 June 2018