The IFP deplores Premier S'bu Ndebele's
way of answering parliamentary questions. Yesterday the Premier
was asked a question by a DA Member pertaining to the cost of
exit settlement package for Professor Charles Dlamini who was
recently sacked from the Department of Education.
Instead of answering, the Premier attacked
the IFP and his predecessor alleging irregularities in
connection with the past departures of Professor Nxumalo, Mr
Haydenbrecht, Dannie Joubert, John Martin, Mr Krog, James Scott
Lee, Rudi Dartley, Rob Fenis, Eric Ngubane, Sibusiso Ngubane and
Bongani Ngubane from the former Premier's staff.
"I wish the Premier would remember
his accountability to the people of KwaZulu-Natal when answering
questions in the Legislature," said Dr Lionel Mtshali, MPP,
leader of the IFP caucus in Provicial Parliament and former
The IFP is alarmed by the implications of
the Premier's remark when he said that he did not know what was
discussed in the parliamentary caucuses of the DA and the IFP.
"Not only is the content of these discussions of no concern
to the Premier as member of a rival political party, but it is a
gross insult aimed at undermining the IFP as a party that led
government in the past ten years in this province," said Dr
Dr Mtshali also wished to put the record
straight on other matters that emerged from the Premier's rather
irrelevant outburst. He said:
"Professor Nxumalo, whose five-year
contract expired during my tenure as Premier, had this very
contract extended by another year. Mr Haydenbrecht was seconded
to the Department of Public Works after restructuring. Dannie
Joubert resigned. John Martin, James Scott Lee, Rudi Dartley and
Rob Fenis all negotiated their exit settlement packages to avoid
relocation to Ulundi.
"Eric Ngubane was not a staff member
in the Office of the Premier but was attached to the office of
the Director General. Sibusiso Ngubane was personally pleaded
with by the Premier to stay on when he was offered a lucrative
position elsewhere. Bongani Ngubane was transferred to the
Department of Public Works.
"The IFP urges the Premier to answer
the questions put to him by the Members of the Provincial
Legislature instead of attacking his political opponents and
scoring cheap points with the media."
Contact: Dr Lionel Mtshali, 083 256 4902