The IFP exposes the ruling party's
shocking lack of seriousness about the 2005/2006 budget for
The hearings of the Finance Portfolio
Committee on the provincial budget are held at the same venues
and in the shadow of the public hearings on the provincial
"If the members of the Finance
Portfolio Committee are lucky, they are allotted 20 minutes for
deliberations which will crucially affect the functioning of
this province in the next two years," said Dr Lionel
Mtshali, MPP, who leads the IFP caucus in the KwaZulu-Natal
Provincial Parliament and chairs the IFP study group on finance.
There have been instances, as on Tuesday
in Groutville and yesterday in Greyville when IFP members
Anthony Grinker and Sibusiso Ngidi, respectively, attempted to
speak up, but were silenced by the committee chairperson, ANC
MPP Cyril Xaba.
"The ANC calls this budget People's
Budget but they are not taking it seriously," said Dr
Mtshali. The IFP also questions the efficiency and cost of
holding Finance Portfolio Committee meetings at the same venues
as the public hearings on the constitution.