MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY

 


ANC HIT BY AMNESIA OVER NEW PARLIAMENT

November 3, 2005

Only last week the ANC was agitating in full force for brand new parliamentary premises in Pietermaritzburg. This week the ruling party coyly backed down after it unsurprisingly received bad press.

“During a parliamentary sitting last Friday in Estcourt, the Speaker presided over a bizarre debate in which the ANC members were outdoing each other in their demands for a new parliament equipped with a gym and a state-of-the-art press centre,” said Dr Lionel Mtshali MPP, who leads the IFP caucus in the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Parliament and who took part in the controversial debate. “It took the IFP to remind the House that while such extravagance was being debated, the people of KwaZulu-Natal lived in abject poverty.”

This week, however, the very same Speaker cleverly distanced himself and his party from the idea of a new parliament after heavy criticism in the media. The feeble excuse is that no formal decision was taken to build the new premises.

Dr Mtshali also said:

“The ruling party has been hit by collective amnesia. The IFP finds no other explanation for this extraordinary phenomenon. They received bad press and subsequently changed tune. They now seek redemption on a mere technicality.

“The ANC is totally unscrupulous. They used the public as a focus group in the hope that people would not notice they were being served a rotten meal. Luckily, the IFP exercised its oversight role and alerted the public to an obviously stupid and extravagant idea.”

Contact: Dr Lionel Mtshali, 083 256 4902