Still No Statue to Honour Indentured Indians as Promised by Former KZN Premier
09 December 2014.
The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal has lambasted the lack
of action regarding former Premier Zweli Mkhize's proposal, to
construct a monument to commemorate the 150 years of the arrival of
indentured Indian labourers and the subsequent contribution of the Indian community in this province.
Delivering his Debate Speech in the Legislature
today, Mr Blessed Gwala, IFP MPL, said "R50 million was budgeted in
the 2010/2011 Financial Year for the construction of a Monument of
the Arrival of Indentured Labourers but to this date the project
has not seen the light of day and the budget having been rolled over
twice had to be returned to the revenue fund."
"Despite ongoing appeals to the provincial
government there is a delay in this matter and we are still waiting.
This smacks either of poor planning or the Premier waiting for the
appropriate time to use this project to woo Indian votes. Either way
this is unacceptable and an insult to the Indian community,"
concluded Mr Gwala.
The IFP demands that the KZN Arts and Culture
MEC, Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha, and the Premier, Senzo Mchunu
must urgently implement the construction of this statue without
further delay as this is now the 154th year after the arrival of
Mr Blessed Gwala, IFP Leader in the KZN Legislature, 078 290 5842
For Media Queries:
Mr Phendulani Biyase, IFP KZN Legislature Media Officer, 073 024 5675