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 Indentured Indians. 


Issued by:
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