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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

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

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 - 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 - 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 - NW1506

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Brink, Mr C to ask the Minister of Finance

(1)With reference to the information that has to be reported to him in terms of Chapter 13 of the Local Government: Municipal Finance Management Act, Act 56 of 2003, (a) for which of the municipalities in the Free State did the Municipal Financial Recovery Service prepare mandatory financial recovery plans (MFRS) since 1 July 2016 and (b) on what date (i) was each financial recovery plan adopted and (ii) did he last receive a progress report from the Member of the Executive Council (MEC) of finance and/or the MEC for local government in the Free State in respect of the municipality terms of section 147(1)(b)(ii); (2) Whether he has found that each specified municipality is currently implementing its financial recovery plan as required and/or expected by him and/or the MFRS; if not, what is the nature and extent of each municipality’s breach of its financial recovery plan; (3) Whether each municipality has successfully completed any financial recovery plan prepared for it as contemplated by section 148(2); if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details. (4) Whether he and/or the MFRS have had any discussions with the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs regarding each municipality; if not, why not; if so, what were the outcomes of such discussions?

Reply:

1. To date, only one mandatory financial recovery plan has been prepared for a municipality in the Free State Province. This plan was prepared for the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality in terms of mandatory intervention invoked in December 2019 in terms of S139 (5)(a) and (c) of the Constitution. The draft financial recovery plan has been approved by the Minister of Finance on the 6th of July 2020 and is in the process of consultation and approval as per the requirements of the Municipal Finance Management Act, 2003.

All other interventions initiated in the Free State Province have been initiated as discretionary interventions by the Provincial Executive. Details pertaining to these interventions are outlined in the table below:

Municipality

Date of FRP Adoption / Indicated on front page of FRP

Last FRP Report Date from Municipality

Masilonyane Local Municipality

December 2017

June 2020

Mafube Local Municipality

October 2017

No report

Nketoana Local Municipality

November 2016

June 2020

Phumelela Local Municipality

July 2017

June 2020

Maluti A Phofong

August 2018

Intervention has been withdrawn by Province

2. No, municipalities are not implementing financial recovery plans as required.

The nature and extent of breaches are generally consistent amongst municipalities. The most common issues identified by the Municipal Finance Recovery Service Team include:

  • Poor quality and consistency of reporting;
  • Non-compliance with reporting timeframes requiring consistent follow-ups before reports are submitted;
  • Regression in reporting content and implementation of activities;
  • Repetition of comments on the FRP status progress update;
  • No progress reporting at all on some strategies;
  • Key activities are not finalized even though the due dates have long passed;
  • Slow implementation of activities;
  • Poor accountability for the financial recovery plan by municipal officials;
  • National Treasury inputs on the implementation and progress reports are generally ignored.

3. No municipality is currently under an approved mandatory financial recovery plan and therefore this is not applicable.

4. No, discussions were not held with the Minister for Cooperative Governance regarding each of the municipalities under intervention in the Free State Province. In terms of the Constitution, the Department of Cooperative Governance oversees discretionary interventions in terms of S139 (1) of the Constitution. The MFRS unit does oversee the process in terms of monitoring the financial recovery plans in place in the Province and in this way maintains oversight of the financial aspects relating to the intervention process in the Free State Province.However, in the case of the Mangaung Metro, the intervention was jointly launched by the Deputy Ministers for Cooperative Governance and Finance. A War Room jointly chaired by the National Treasury, the Provincial Department of Cooperative Governance and the Provincial Treasury oversees the process on behalf of the Provincial Executive who monitors progress on a quarterly basis and reports to the two Deputy Ministers.

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 - 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 - 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