06 March 2014.
The IFP encourages all municipalities to plan
modest Freedom Day celebrations, which will not burden
expenditure. This comes after reports that the Nelson Mandela
Bay Metro municipality is planning to spend R15 million for
Freedom Day cerebrations.
"The abuse of municipal funds will have a
negative impact in the provision of basic services to the
people. This must be stopped and investigated" said IFP
spokesperson on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs,
Mr Peter Smith MP.
The IFP is fully supportive of the Freedom Day
celebrations, but it feels very strongly that service delivery
should not suffer as a result.
He further stated that "It is alleged that the
municipality will produce 50
000 t-shirts and 720 000 booklets to be
printed; one can only wonder what colour the t-shirts will be.
The most concerning situation is that the National Treasury has
instructed the municipality to stop all non-priority
expenditure. This money could have been spent in providing
people with RDP houses and in eradicating the bucket toilet
system in the Metro"
The IFP calls on the Eastern Cape MEC for
Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Mlibo
Qoboshiyane and the ANC provincial leadership to urgently
intervene by instituting their own investigation into this
This is an abuse of the public purse for ANC
electioneering purposes in the name of Freedom Day.
IFP Spokesperson on Co-operative
Governance and Traditional Affairs,
Mr Peter Smith MP, 083 299
For Media Enquiries contact:
IFP Parliamentary Media Liaison Officer, Mr
Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675