17 April 2013
The Inkatha Freedom Party in KwaZulu-Natal
expresses its dismay after a Legislature programme scheduled to
take place at the KwaDenge Sports Field at KwaXimba in the
Ethekwini Outer West Region had to be abandoned due to opposing
factions within the ANC.
The meeting was part of the Multi Party Public
Consultation Programme leading up to next week's Taking
Legislature to the People in Merebank. Two opposing factions
gathered at the sportsfield. While some people wanted the ANC
ward councillor to be expelled others wanted their concerns to
be heard. They said that their concerns go way back to 2010 and
the ANC has not addressed them.
"We are concerned as the IFP that internal
squabbles of the ANC now spill out into the public arena to the
extent that it disrupts the work of the Legislature. Democratic
processes are being undermined and service delivery to the people
of eThekwini is being hampered. It is unfortunate that the
voices of the people of the Outer West Region could not be
heard," said Honourable Blessed Gwala, Leader of the Official
Opposition in KwaZulu-Natal.
The IFP’s concern stems from knowing that the
Legislature spends thousands of rands on the procurement of
transport, food, sound system and infrastructure at these
events. With the event not having achieved its intended purpose,
this can be viewed at wasteful expenditure.
The meeting had to be abandoned after people
disrupted the proceedings by singing and throwing things around.
Many people stated that the community was not properly informed
about the meeting and its purpose. They also said that transport
was only sent to certain sections with the exclusion of others.
“The ANC must get its house in order and not
allow unruly members within its ranks to disrupt the activities
of the Legislature,” said Hon Gwala.
Contact: Honourable MB Gwala
Leader of the Official
Opposition in KwaZulu-Natal
078 290 5842