CONCERNED ABOUT PARLIAMENTARY SCHEDULE CLASH
Ulundi: March 1, 2005
IFP raises serious concern about the parliamentary programme
which places Public Hearings on the draft KwaZulu-Natal
Constitution and Budget Hearings on the agenda on the same day,
Wednesday, 2 March 2005, and at the same venue.
“As a party which
places a high premium on civil society participation in
constitution making, we find this arrangement untenable,”
said Dr Lionel Mtshali, MPP, who leads the IFP caucus in the
KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Parliament. The IFP has called for the
Speaker’s intervention in the matter.
Mtshali also said:
“Not only do these
important hearings clash, but the constitutional hearings are
allocated inadequate time.
“Would one be correct
in assuming that the parliamentary Programming Committee places
less emphasis on the constitution-drafting process than is
“One wonders what the
rationale could be behind this attempt to deprive civil society
of adequate time to grapple with complex issues that emanate
from constitution drafting.”
Dr Lionel Mtshali, 083 256 4902