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27 August 2020 - NW1665

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Majozi, Ms Z to ask the Minister of Police

(a) What number of cases of domestic violence involving members of the SA Police Service were recorded in the past year to date and (b) of these cases, what number (i) were murder cases and (ii) led to convictions?

Reply:

(a)(b)((i)(ii) The required information is not readily available. A request is made for an extension, of 14 days, in order to provide the correct and verified information.

Reply to question 1665 recommended

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICA POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
DATE: 2020/08/12

Reply to question 1665 approved/not approved

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENERAL BH CELE, MP
DATE: 26/08/2020

27 August 2020 - NW1622

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Terblanche, Mr OS to ask the Minister of Police

By what date does he envisage that the elite units of the (i) SA Police Service and (ii) Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation will be fully operational following the easing of lockdown restrictions and (b) what measures have been put in place in each case to mitigate the time and resources lost due to the national lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19?

Reply:

The South African Police Service (SAPS) does not have any units, which are called “elite units”. The only Unit that is elite in nature, as per the competency profile, is the Specialised Task”Force (STF), within the Division: Operational Response Services. The STF is mandated to resolve high risk situations.

(a)(i) The STF remained fully operational during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) National Lockdown.

(a)(ii) The investigative capacity of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), remained fully operational during the National Lockdown. However, the lockdown restricted employee movement and calls for social distancing, resulted in investigating officers not being able to effectively communicate with witnesses/informers or effect arrests. The inability to access expertise, such as forensic accountants and any other evidential material, impacted on the finalisation of investigations, although courts have remained partially active, resulting in a further backlog of cases.

The DPCI embarked on the capacitation of its specialised units, but the National Lockdown initially delayed the capacitation process. With the relaxation of lockdown levels, the process to capacitate the DPCI has been reinitiated and


some of the posts are in the process of being finalised, whilst other posts are in the process of being advertised.

Protocols, to manage and contain the spread of the COVID-19 has been implemented and members are operating on a rotational basis. The STF members are continuing to respond to all requests.

In an endeavour to mitigate the time and resources lost, the DPCI has embarked on the use of virtual platforms to engage stakeholders. The staggered return of the Public Service Act (PSA) personnel, who provide administrative support to the operational environment, is being managed by the guidelines, issued by the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA), Circular No.18 of 2020: State of Disaster COVID-19: Public Service Return to Work Guidelines, as well as the directive issued by the Department of Health, on 25 May 2020, which guides the management of vulnerable employees and the rotation of personnel. The DPCI has put measures in place that support the implementation to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Reply to question 1622 recommended/

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEDG)
DATE: 2020-08-12

Reply to question 1622 approved

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENERAL BH CELE, MP
DATE: 26/08/2020

27 August 2020 - NW1299

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Opperman, Ms G to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

(a) What are the full relevant details of the powers of (i) the national and (ii) each (aa) provincial and (bb) local disaster management command council in terms of the relevant statutes and regulations and (b) how do the various disaster management command councils co-ordinate to address a declared disaster?

Reply:

(a) The National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) is a subcommittee of Cabinet, chaired by the President. The structuresreplicated across the spheres of government established by Cabinet. The Minister of Cooperative Governance issued directionsto ensure a well-integrated and coordinated planning and response to the COVID-19, these directions provide for the establishment of the provincial and district municipality’s institutional structures with the roles and responsibilities for the Provincial and Municipal Coronavirus Command Councils. These structures are established in line with the Directions (Gazette No. 43147) issued under the Disaster Management Act, 2002.

i/ National

The National Coronavirus Command Council is a structure that is established by Cabinet and chaired by the President. The Office of the Presidency coordinates this structure and not the Department of Cooperative Governance.

ii.Provincial

The roles and responsibilities of the Province include:

  1. Establish the Provincial Command Council
  2. Establish coordinating structures at provincial level to support the national institutional arrangements.
  3. Support the establishment of joint operation centres per district and metropolitan municipality.
  4. Avail resources to supplement the capacity of the joint operation centre or the district disaster management centres.
  5. Monitor the impact of interventions and submit weekly consolidated reports to the national disaster management structures.

iii. Local

  1. Establish the District Command Council with immediate effect.
  2. Establish coordinating structures at municipal level to support the national and provincial institutional arrangements in collaboration with district and provincial administrations.
  3. Participate in joint district and provincial disaster management structures to ensure a coordinated response to COVID-19.
  4. Monitor the progress and impact of interventions in the municipality and submit weekly consolidated reports to the provincial and national disaster management structures.

(b) How do the various disaster management command councils co-ordinate measures to address a declared disaster.

The Coronavirus Command Council’s purpose is to facilitate and support implementation of the measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 pandemic across provinces and districts at political level. There are various structures at both provincial and district levels which reports to the Provincial and District Coronavirus Command Centres on the implementation of interventions and response measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

End.

27 August 2020 - NW1335

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Julius, Mr J to ask the Minister of Police

What total number of (a) arrests did the SA Police Service make for illegal invasions of land owned by the State and (b) the specified arrests resulted in prosecution in each (i) province and (ii) of the past five financial years?

Reply:

(a)(b)(i) and (ii)

The crime, which is registered when an illegal invasion of land occurs, is "trespassing”. The South African Police Service (SAPS) systems do not contain information on whether the trespassing occurred on a private or state owned land. Therefore, the information, which is requested in this question, cannot be provided.

Reply to question 1335 recommended/

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
Date: 2020/08/13

Reply to question 1335 approved

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENERAL BH CELE, MP
Date: 26/08/2020

27 August 2020 - NW1582

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Whitfield, Mr AG to ask the Minister of Police

What number of DNA samples received from (i) D1 Adult Sexual Assault Evidence Collection kits and (ii) D7 Paediatric Sexual Assault Evidence Collection kits (aa) have not been analysed by the National Forensic Science Laboratories (NFSL) and (bb) were contaminated during analysis at the NFSL in the 2019-20 financial year and (b) what are the further relevant details in this regard?

Reply:

(a)(i)(ii) The packaging of the D1 Adult Sexual Assault Evidence Collection kits and the D7 Paediatric Sexual Assault Evidence Collections, contain different utensils, such as, evidence sealing bags, J88 forms and the collection of forensic eviclence forms, etc. The Biology Section of the South African Police Service (SAPS) Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL), receives the collected evidence with samples, for analysis purposes. The FSL does not register and keep track of the type of evidence collection kits received and thus cannot distinguish between the D1 Adult Sexual Assault Evidence Collection kits and D7 Paediatric Sexual Assault Evidence Collections.

(aa) On 20 July 2020, the number of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) samples received and still in the process of being analysed, was as follows:

Eastern Cape: DNA Analysis Laboratory

1 079

Gauteng/Head Office: DNA Analysis Laboratory

12 030

Western Cape: DNA Analysis Laboratory

4 014

KwaZulu-Natal: DNA Evidence Recovery Laboratory

896

Total

18 019

(bb) Based on the Quality Management System, in accordance with the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) 17025: Quality Control Principles, a total of 52 DNA samples were identified as contaminated, during the processing of the samples, in 2019/2020.

The FSL registers a non-conformance for all samples that have been contaminated. In line with the requirements of the ISO-17025, a root cause analysis is performed and corrective action identified, to prevent or minimise possible future reoccurrence. The table below, reflects the details, with the regard to the 52 DNA samples, mentioned above:

DNA finding report issued , due to the availability of additional exhibit material

Reference

Area of contamination

No result reported in cases additional due to the non- availability of exhibit material

Ref NC 19/04/19 (two cases)

Ref NC 10/06/19 (one case) Three cases involved

No result could be reported

Sample submissions. The

contamination was due to the manner, in which the samples were processed.

ex

DNA finding report issued , due to the availability of additional exhibit material

NC 08/04/19 (two cases)

 

NC 13/04/19 (two cases)

 

NC 15/04/19 (two cases)

 

NC 19/04/19 (two cases)

 

NC 24/04/19 (two cases)

 

NC 02/05/19 (two cases)

 

NC 03/05/19 (two cases)

Sample submissions. The

NC 07/05/19 (two cases)

contamination was due to the

NC 10/06/19 (nine cases)

manner, in which the samples were

NC 01/07/19 (two cases) NC 02/07/19 (two cases)

processed.

NC 03/07/19 (four cases)

 

NC 09/07/19 (two cases)

 

NC 10/11/19 (two cases)

 

NC 06/02/20 (two cases)

 

39 cases involved

 

NC 11/04/19 (one case)

Evidence recovery and sample processing. The contamination was due to the ma e

samples were handled.

NC 20/04/19 (one case)

 

NC 08/06/19 (one case)

 

NC 02/01/20 (one case)

 

Four cases involved

 

NC 03/06/19

Two cases involved

Tissue isolation laboratory. The contamination was due to utensils not properly sanitised.

DNA finding pending, on receiving retake of buccal samples

NC 06/06/19 (one case ) NC 07/06/19 (one case)

NC 12/06/19 (one case) NC 13/06/19 (one case) Four cases involved

Collection/submission step of buccal samples. The contamination was due to the manner, in which the samples were handled.

A summary of the interventions and quality control implemented, for the 52 DNA samples that were identified as contaminated, is reflected in the table below:

Finding

Intervention

Quality control measures

In 49 of the 52

cases, additional samples (uncompromised) were available to process and provide the DNA

findings.

An investigation

was conducted in respect of each contamination, to determine the root causes and corrections to be made.

A risk assessment was done to

determine all risks within the area where the contamination occurred.

Daily monitoring of the risks has been implemented and trends in

this area, is closely monitored.

Reply to question 1582 recommended

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
DATE: 2020/08/18=9

Reply to question 1582 approved

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENERAL BH CELE, MP
Date: 26/08/2020

27 August 2020 - NW1446

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Terblanche, Mr OS to ask the Minister of Police

(a) What has he found to be the reasons for the recent spike in the prevalence of brutal murders in the Republic (i) on farms, (ii) in the rural areas and (iii) relating to gender- based violence, (b) how does he intend to curb the phenomenon and (c) what measures will he put in place to bring the perpetrators to book?

Reply:

(a)The reported crimes, including murder, are captured on and extracted from the South African Police Service (SAPS) Crime Administration System (CAS), using the allocated crime codes. The codes are referred to as the Daily Summary Serious Codes (DSSC) and the crime code allocated to murder, is DSSC 0001. It would be advisable that an unambiguous description of brutality in relation to murder incidents be established, in order to enable a quantitative analysis of these incidents. On registration of any reported crime, the DSSC do not allow for the capturing of additional descriptors, which requires that a qualitative analysis be done to determine the causative factors.


Regarding the crime of murder, for the period, 27 March to 2 July 2020, as extracted from the CAS and attached, as slides one and two, does not show evidence supporting the assertion that there is a spike in the reported incidence of murders across all provinces.

(a)(i)(ii) Farms and rural areas:

The National Rural Safety Priority Committee meets on a quarterly basis, to review all possible farm murders, to determine whether they meet the determined criteria, to be classified as farm murders. The above- mentioned Committee had not yet met when this response was written.


The crimes that are registered on the CAS are allocated case numbers that are specific to the police station and not necessarily to the type of the area.

(a)(iii) Gender-based violence:

Currently, there is no Act relating specifically to gender-based violence (GBV), in the Republic of South Africa, therefore, the SAPS reports on the contravention of the Domestic Violence Act, 1998 (Act No. 116 of 1998). The attached slide number three, provides a synopsis of the violation of the said Act for the period, 27 March to 21 June 2020.

(b)The reviewed Rural Safety Strategy was implemented, on 1 April 2020, with the aim to address rural safety, as an integrated day-to-day policing approach, by creating a safe and secure rural environment. The purpose of this Strategy, is to provide direction and guidelines, to create safety and security in the rural environment, in support of ensuring a better life for all.

In addition to the implementation of the Rural Safety Strategy, the Community Policing Strategy has been implemented, to ensure an integrated approach, to encourage and mobilise available resources across all sectors, including those directly involved in law enforcement and safety and security. The key feature of the Community Policing Strategy is the Community in Blue Concept, which focuses on increasing local community participation in social crime prevention and environmental design initiatives, institutionalise community participation in crime prevention, collaborate with the SAPS in increasing visibility and operational capacity and enhancing community-based intelligence. Furthermore, the Traditional Policing Concept was approved for implementation to stimulate active community involvement, in the fight against crime in rural areas.

The purpose of the Integrated Sexual Offence and Gender-based Violence Strategy, is to ensure an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to addressing GBV.

Operationally, stabilisation and high density basic policing interventions are implemented in all provinces, in accordance with prevailing crime trends. The stabilisation and high density basic policing interventions are complemented by normalisation interventions such as:

Community engagements by the Minister and police leadership, in all provinces, during the festive season.

O Community awareness programmes.

O Youth crime prevention projects.

O Implementation of the Community-in-Blue Concept (patrolling streets).

Intensified police visibility during national operations. A Reservist call-ups.

The enforcement of the Liquor Act.

Weekly compliance inspections at liquor outlets.

Intensified social crime prevention campaigns (drugs and substance abuse, dangerous weapons, sexual offences, etc.).

(c) The Detective Service will continue to apply all relevant investigative techniques, to ens’ure that perpetrators of crime, are brought to book.


Reply to question 1446 recommended

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
Date: 2020/08/12

Reply to question 1446 approved

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENERAL BH CELE, MP
Date: 26/08/2020

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27 August 2020 - NW1545

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Groenewald, Dr PJ to ask the Minister of Police

What steps are being taken by the SA Police Service to control institutions that are accredited to issue firearm competency certificates to ensure compliance with all requirements;

Reply:

  1. The steps, which are taken by the South African Police Service (SAPS), to control institutions that are accredited to issue firearm competency certificates and to ensure compliance with all requirements, are as follows:

o Conducting of annual and ad Doc compliance inspections, at non-official institutions, including firearm training providers, in terms of Section 109 of the Firearms Control Act, 2000 (Act ND. 60 of 2000).

  1. The Minister of Police will decide whether he will make a statement, on this matter.

 

Reply to question 1545 recommended

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
DATE: 2020/08/27

Reply to question 1545 approved

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENRAL BH CELE, MP
DATE: 26/08/2020

27 August 2020 - NW1523

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De Freitas, Mr MS to ask the Minister of Police

With reference to the undertaking by the Government to place additional police officers at Forest High School in Johannesburg after a stabbing incident, (a) on what date will the officers be placed at the school, (b) what total number of officers will be placed at the school, (c) on which specific locations will the officers be placed, (d) what will be the job description of the specified officers, (e) how will the specified officers be monitored, (I)(i) to whom will the officers report and (ii) how often will the officers report to the specified person and (g) how is the local community involved in this initiative?

Reply:

a) On 1 July 2019, the Forest High School was adopted by the Commander: Visible Policing, Booysens Police Station.

 

(b) Two members of the Social Crime Prevention: Booysens Police Station prioritise the high school with scheduled and unscheduled visits.

 

© Routine patrols are conducted daily by the Sector Manager and police vehicles are deployed, in the vicinity of the Forest High School and surrounding area, to enhance police visibility.

 

(d) The functions include, the searching of identified areas within the school premises, as well as conducting awareness programmes, which include presentations on bullying, sexual offences, as well as drug and substance abuse, with special attention given to identified learners.

 

(e) Weekly and monthly accountability sessions are held with the relevant officers.

 

(f)(i) The relevant officers report to the Station Commander and the Visible Policing Commander, Booysens Police Station.

(f) (ii) The relevant police officers report on a weekly and monthly basis, during the accountability sessions.

 

(g) The Booysens Police Station is in partnership with local security companies and patrollers, who assist with the activities, listed above.

 

Reply to question 1523 recommended

27 August 2020 - NW1572

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Maotwe, Ms OMC to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises

What numbers of persons have been appointed at Eskom on the basis of (a) race, (b) position, (c) qualification, (d) salary level, (e) experience and (f) gender since the appointment of the Chief Executive Officer at Eskom, Mr André de Ruyter?

Reply:

According to the information received from Eskom:

As at 13 July 2020, Eskom appointed 139 employeessince the appointment of the Group Chief Executive, Mr André de Ruyter.

The breakdown is as follows:

  • 25 external appointments, of which 18 were T-Systems employees who were transferred into Eskom in accordance to Section 197 of the Labour Relations Act, 1995. Only 7 were true external recruits.
  • 114 were appointed on Fixed Term Contracts.

Annexure A provides details, according to (a) race, (b) position, (c) qualification, (d) salary level, (e) experience and (f) gender.

27 August 2020 - NW1489

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Whitfield, Mr AG to ask the Minister of Police

With reference to the recruitment of SA Police Service (SAPS) trainees, (a) will recruitment proceed in the 2020-21 financial year, (b) have all applicants been personally informed of the reasons for any delays and (c) to what extent has Covid-19 affected the graduation of SAPS trainees in the 2019-20 financial year?

Reply:


The training of new recruits, involves extensive physical contact and with the current COVID-19 Regulations in place, such as social distancing, restriction/suspension of large gatherings/meetings, etc, it will, therefore, not be possible to subject new recruits to the basic training curriculum, without increasing the risk of exposing them to being infected with COVID-19. The South African Police Service (SAPS) Recruitment Plan is being reviewed to ensure compliance with these regulations and it will be premature at this stage to make any pronouncements, whether the recruitment/training will proceed, in the 2020/2021 financial year.

Following the declaration of a National State of Disaster and the nationwide lockdown, by the President of the Republic of South Africa (RSA), communication pertaining to the recruitment process in the SAPS, was addressed through a media briefing by the SAPS, in March 2020 and again, in July 2020. It was announced to the nation that the SAPS, 2020 Police Trainee Intake, was suspended until further notice, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and as a result, each applicant in the process was not personally informed of any delays. The SAPS received half a million applications for recruitment and it will not be possible to inform each applicant individually.


The trainees who were recruited, in the 2018/2019 financial year, attended a passing out parade, in the 2019/2020 financial year (during December 2019) and the graduation was not affected by COVID-19.

Reply to question 1489 recommended

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
DATE: 2020/08/12

Reply to question 1489 approved

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENERAL BH CELE, MP
Date: 26/08/2020

27 August 2020 - NW1440

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Gondwe, Dr M to ask the Minister of Police

What (a) measures has he put in place in order to protect frontline Police Officers from contracting Covid-19 and (b) are the budgetary implications associated with the measures implemented in this regard;

Reply:

(1)(a) The measures, which have been put in place to protect the frontline members of the South African Police Service (SAPS), are as follows:

Putting systems and processes in place, by:
The development and implementation of SAPS Protocols on the containment and management of COVID-19, within the SAPS.
The development and implementation of training modules on COVID-19 symptoms, prevention and organisational protocols.
The implementation of the SAPS Infection Control Standard Operating Procedures.

The development of protocols for the decontamination of buildings.

The appointment of a National and Provincial Steering Committees, to oversee COVID-19 activities and implementation of the SAPS COVID-19 protocols.

The procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE), sanitisers and fogging and decontaminating equipment and chemicals for SAPS members, buildings, equipment and vehicles used by SAPS members.

Compiling a resource list of designated hospitals, to handle SAPS member referrals.

The in-sourcing of services, for the disposal of PPEs.


Empowering frontline officers, by:

Training of police officers on COVID-19 symptoms, prevention and management.

Conducting awareness and information sharing sessions at police stations,

roadblocks and other points, which are serviced by SAPS officers. o Training of police officers, on the correct use and disposal of PPEs.

Sharing of information through articles, memorandums and emails, to SAPS members and their families.

Continuous care and support of police officers:
Counselling and care of confirmed positive cases and contacts.

Counselling of family members of members, who tested positive.

Offering advisory services to members, whilst in self-isolation and quarantine.

Assisting SAPS members with placement in isolation and quarantine centres.

Identification of facilities to use as quarantine or isolation sites for SAPS members.

Debriefing of colleagues in cases of confirmed positive cases.

Answering police officers queries and questions, through the COVID-19 Call Centre.

Reasonable accommodation of “vulnerable members”, to ensure their protection and safety.

Developing a rotational schedule, to ensure social distancing and minimise member’s engagement and interaction, within SAPS buildings and workplaces.

Decontaminating of all workplaces and buildings, after confirmed cases.

Continuous sharing of new information, number of cases, new treatment and prevention methods with SAPS members and their families.

Stakeholder involvement and engagement of the following key roleplayers, with regard to SAPS members’ health and wellness, on COVID-19 related issues:

Police Medical Aid Scheme (POLMED).

Government Employee Medical Aid Scheme (GEMS).

Labour Unions- Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) and the South African Police Union (SAPU).

Department of Health.

Department of Public Works.

(1)(b) An amount of R3,7 billion was allocated to the SAPS, during the 2020 Special Adjustments Estimates, to provide for additional funding for this purpose.


(2)(a) Yes, training was provided, prior to the commencement of the lockdown.

(2)(b) Yes, training was also provided during lockdown. The training was in the form of continuous training on parades and roadblocks, workshops, awareness sessions, counselling and therapy sessions, a national 24/7 operated COVID- 19 hotline and video conferencing. The training entails, inter alia, the following: o The terms of reference for Steering Committees.

Understanding COVID-19 and related terminologies.

Protocols for the containment and management of COVID-19, within the SAPS and the country.

Prevention and protection measures of COVID-19.

Requirements and usage of resources, including PPEs for the prevention and control of COVID-19.

Required registers, related to the management of COVID19 and the completion, thereof.

Precautionary measures during the prevention and control of COVID-19.

Safety Health and Environment (SHE) management:

Sanitisation and decontamination of buildings, offices, cells, etc.

Medical waste disposal.

Reply to question 1440 recommended/

GENERAL NATIONAL COMMISSIONER: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
KJ SITOLE (SOEG)
Date: 2020/08/12

Reply to question 1440 approved/

MINISTER OF POLICE
GENERAL BH CELE, MP
Date: 26/08/2020

26 August 2020 - NO368

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Cardo, Dr MJ to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

What (a) number of active legal cases are currently open against the Compensation Fund for outstanding compensations due to medical service providers and (b) is the total value of the outstanding payments?

Reply:

There are currently 17 active legal cases currently open against the Compensation Fund for outstanding compensations due to medical service providers. The total value of the amounts payable will be determined by the courts.

26 August 2020 - NO343

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Ntlangwini, Ms EN to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

What (a) number of cases has his department detected of employers who claimed from the Unemployment Insurance Fund on behalf of employees, but did not pay their employees what was due to them and (b) action has his department taken against the employers?

Reply:

1. The number of cases that have been detected of employers who claimed from Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) on behalf of employees but did not pay their employees what was due to them is 38

2. These cases were subjected to investigation. In 11 of them investigation has been completed. We also came up with the action that we termed ‘Follow The Money’ with its objective of conducting audit on all the payments. Again, the Department and UIF have worked through the Fusion Centre with other government departments, agencies and databases to close gaps and eliminate risks. The Fusion Centre is a combination of law enforcement agencies which is intended to speed up investigation and prosecution of COVID-19 related fraud and corruption cases.

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26 August 2020 - NW630

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Nolutshungu, Ms N to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether he has found that his visits that resulted in the gathering of crowds at taxi ranks (a) were in contravention of the regulations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and (b) put the lives of commuters at risk who may have been infected by the coronavirus; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. In respect of the intervention made at the Noord Taxi Rank, it is important that I give context to my response and to also thoroughly explain the circumstances so my answer can be appreciated within this context.

1.1 Regulation 11B(1)(a)(i) of the Disaster Management Act 2002; Amendment of Regulations issued in terms of section27(2) (the Regulations) states;

‘11B. (1) (a) For the period of lockdown-

(i) Every person is confined to his or her place of residence, unless strictly for thepurpose of the performing an essential service, obtaining an essential good or service, collecting a social grant, or seeking emergency, life-saving or chronic medical attention Emphasis added.

1.2 Category B, item 26, of Annex B to the Regulations lists as an essential service:

Services rendered by the Executive, members of Parliament, Members of the Provincial Legislature Members of Local Councils, the Judiciary, Traditional leaders, and National Office Bearers of Political Parties represented in Parliament Emphasis added.

1.3 Accordingly, during the national lockdown, I am obliged to continue rendering my services and performing my duties as Member of Parliament and of the Executive, particularly in the fight to prevent or limit infections, transmissions and the spread of the Covid-19 virus, which has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization.

1.4. Consequently, on 26 March 2020, I caused to be issued Directions in terms of Regulations 10(7) of the Regulations (the Directives). Given that the COVID-19 pandemic is a moving target, the Directives were amended on 31 March 2020. The aforementioned amendment to the Directives caused much unhappiness and ructions in the taxi industry which was likely to result in nationwide protests.

1.5 As the sitting Minister of Transport, part of my duties aforesaid is educating inter alia the taxi(namely; associations, owners, drivers and queue marshals)and public commuters about the Regulations and the Directives insofar as they relate to the industry in the fight to prevent or limit infections, transmission and the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Covid-19 has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. The fight against it is not only a national but global duty. The honorable member cannot deny the importance and prioritization of his fight.

1.6 It has been widely publicized that the industry, which is obviously a major risk environment for infection, transmission and spreading of the virus was at the beginning of the national lockdown and has continue to be one of the main problem industries in the adherence to the Regulations and the measures put in place by the Government in the fight against pandemic. Consequently, the persistent and continued education of the taxi industry and commuters was identified as essential and a priority by Government, in particular the Ministry of Transport, of which I’m its head.

1.7 As Minister of Transport, I was alerted to overcrowding which was taking place in and around Noord taxi rank in Johannesburg Central Business District (the Taxi Rank) in contravention of the Regulations and the Directives, and which most concerning carried the real possibility of undoing the Governments’ efforts in the fight the pandemic. In response to this emergency.I urgently attended at the Taxi Rank to inter alia investigate the situation and to inform and educate the taxi industry and commuters about the reasons and rational behind, and the actual, measures that they must adopt in terms of the Regulations and Directives in the fight against the pandemic, being the prevention or limitation of the rate of infections, transmission and the spread of the virus.

1.8 Upon my arrival, I observed, with despair and concern, a number of contraventions of the Regulations and the Directors in and around the Taxi Rank by members of the taxi industry, commuters and general members of the public.

1.9 Consequently, exercising my duties as Minister of Transport, I inter alia gave an address to inform and educate the members of the taxi industry, commuters and general members of the public about the reasons and rational bind, and actual, measures that they must adopt in terms of the Regulations and Directives in the fight against the pandemic, being the prevention or limitation of the rate of infections, transmission and the spread of the virus. It will be noted from the video footage of my address which is publically available that there were also members of South African Police Services and The Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Services in attendance. What is more, residents of the buildings in the surrounding area also came out onto their balconies to listen to my address.

1.10 Since my address, the taxi industry and commuters have significantly improved their adherence to the Regulations and Directives. I had also requested the Mayor of Johannesburg and a Member of the Executives at Local Government level who is also declared an essential worker in line with the regulations to accompany me as these commuters and residents of his city.

2.

2.1 In light of the above, it is clear that I did not, nor did I intend to, contravene the Regulations, particularly regulations 11B.(1)(a)(ii)

2.2 The Honourable member’s assertions in the question that I contravened the Regulations when he made the address in the circumstances referred to above are not only incorrect but also reflective of wrong observations.

2.3 I have remained fully committed to complying with Regulations and the fight against infection, transmission and spread of the COVID-19 virus. I’m heartened by the millions of South Africans who are complying with the Regulations

2.4 I believe that all of us will meaningfully join the Government’s efforts in the aforesaid fight spread of other members of society focusing on derailing or destructing members of our society, the South African Police Services and the Executive who are at the forefront of fighting the pandemic.

26 August 2020 - NW1410

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Joseph, Mr D to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Whether she intends to introduce amending legislation to allow for the suspension of section 25(7) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, to make provision for the dispossessed property of Khoisan communities prior to 19 June 1913; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

THE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, LAND REFORM AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT:

No, the Minister does not intend to introduce legislation to allow for the suspension of section 25(7) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 to make provision for the dispossessed property of Khoisan communities prior to 19 June 1913. The Minister is of the view that any legislation that seeks to suspend or amend any section of the Constitution must be introduced by a committee of Parliament as contemplated in section 73(2) read together with section 74 of the Constitution. However, in redistributing land to communities in general, the Minister is not limited by the 19 June 1913 date applicable to restitution in terms of section 25(7) of the Constitution.  

26 August 2020 - NO360

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Waters, Mr M to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

Whether he has received the correspondence from Mr M Waters regarding an outstanding amount owed by the Workmen’s Compensation Fund to the Edenvale Child Welfare; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, by what date does he intend to respond to the specified correspondence?

Reply:

Yes. The corresponded was responded to Directly to Edenvale Child Welfare on 11 December 2018 and 1 September 2019.

The records of the Compensation Fund show that the Edenvale Child Welfare owes an amount of R34 881.29 to the Compensation Fund as at

19/08/2020. The assessments for assessment years 2011; 2017; 2018 and 2019 are paid in full.

The total outstanding balance is detailed in the table below.

Assessment Year

Invoice Amount

2009

4 771.41

2010

3 471.05

2012

3 847.01

2013

3 988.83

2014

4 316.98

2015

4 470.64

2016

4 064.72

Total penalty and interest on late payment charged

5 950.65

Total outstanding as at 19/08/2020

34 881.29

Their request to waver assessments and penalties was not approved by the CF. In the correspondence with the Edenvale Child Welfare, options for repayment of the outstanding monies are provided.

26 August 2020 - NW1023

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether, with the Covid-19 demanding that we do things differently such as being more hygienic, his department has a plan to move towards cashless transactions for public transport; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the plans and timelines for the implementation of the plan and (b) how will the plan be funded?

Reply:

The Department has commenced with the exploratory work towards a Public Transport Mobility Account that will operated with an Integrated Ticketing System based on cashless system. SANRAL is being engaged to be a lead agency to work on the modalities of this. Initial conceptualization is illustrated in the two tables below;

Diagram No.1

Diagram No.2