14 October 2014.
The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal has rejected the
recent pronouncement by the ANC chairperson in Sisonke, Mluleki
Ndobe, that Ingwe Municipality and KwaSani Municipality will be
amalgamated and now form one municipality called Dr Nkosazana
"The IFP is concerned that the ruling party is
giving prominence to ANC-affiliated politicians above all other
role players involved in the struggle for liberation. We see the
renaming process as a deliberate attempt to rewrite the history
of this province and country. We had a bitter experience at
Mvoti where the name of our leader was changed and again when
the ANC tried to change the name of Mangosuthu Highway," said
IFP Leader in the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature, Mr Blessed
"In 2008, it was argued that Mangosuthu
Highway should be renamed on the basis that its namesake, IFP
President Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, is a living person. We
question ourselves as to why the ANC now decides to name a
municipality after someone who is also a living person? The ANC
also changed Sisonke District Municipality to Harry Gwala
District Municipality which we questioned on the grounds that he
was not from Sisonke but Pietermaritzburg," continued Mr Gwala.
"The IFP therefore demands that the ruling
party in the Sisonke District show respect to taxpayers when
contemplating costly and often controversial projects such as
renaming of buildings and places. Name changing is a matter of
public interest and proper consultation must be conducted. It is
essential that matters of this nature enjoy full canvassing so
that the people who live in Sisonke may take ownership of the
final decision and feel satisfied that the name celebrates their
own heritage. No one should have the authority to foist on
people their own perspective of our country’s history,"
concluded Mr Gwala.
The IFP calls on the ANC to rather provide
people with water and other basic services before spending money
on the name change.
Mr Blessed Gwala, IFP Leader in the
KZN Legislature, 078 290 5842
For Media Enquiries:
IFP KZN Provincial Legislature Media Liaison
Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase,
073 024 5675