MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


IFP Calls for Investigation Into Tongaat Shopping Mall Tragedy

25 November 2013    

 

The IFP in KZN is deeply shocked and saddened by Tuesday's shopping mall tragedy in Tongaat, north of Durban.

 

 'This is a grave indictment on the enforcement of the law by the eThekwini City Council. Their inefficiency and maladministration has directly contributed to this senseless tragedy,' said Hon. Blessed Gwala, provincial leader of the IFP.

 

The beleaguered eThekwini Municipality must take responsibility for the loss of innocent lives and the injuries of scores of others. This disaster is grim testimony of eThekwini's failure to enforce by-laws and correct processes and procedures.

 

The Deputy Mayor's assertion that the council had obtained a court order to halt the building is cold comfort in the face of such heart-wrenching devastation. We are however comforted by the knowledge that this sub-standard building was not opened to the public at the time of the tragedy. Had this been the case, then this tragedy would have been magnified by greater loss of lives.

 

The IFP acknowledges the sterling work done by the police's search and rescue team and other emergency services in the aftermath of this disaster.

 

The party records its heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased and pray for a speedy and complete recovery for those injured.

 

"We, the IFP call for a full investigation with a view to sending out a clear message that this kind of inefficiency, shoddy workmanship and corruption has no place in our democratic society," concluded Gwala.

 

 

Contact:

Hon. Blessed Gwala,

IFP KZN Legislature Caucus Leader

078 290 5842 or 078 690 5777