President Zuma Must Listen to Matatiele Residents

17 November 2014.

The IFP has challenged President Jacob Zuma to respond positively to Matatiele residents who expressed a desire to be re-incorporated into KwaZulu-Natal province from where they were moved against their will, and this must be done before the 2016 local government elections. 

"The message from the public hearings was clear. In order to avoid protests and public violence Matatiele residents must once again become a part of KwaZulu-Natal. The majority of the people of Matatiele wanted to stay in KwaZulu-Natal and rejected the demarcation legislation that consigned them to the Eastern Cape. The IFP has long argued that by ignoring the will of the Matatiele residents as expressed in the public hearings and submissions, the ANC has effectively turned its back on public participation in law-making, which is one of its trumpeted objectives," said IFP Leader in the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature, Mr Blessed Gwala, MPL.

"The ANC has been telling us for 50 years that 'the people shall govern'. The ruling party has now demonstrated that the people of Matatiele shall only govern in theory. In practice, they have been sold out and their voices have been silenced. The KwaZulu-Natal ANC have obeyed their master's voice, shut their eyes and ears to the pleading of the people, and possibly damned them to a Khutsong fate, or worse," continued Mr Gwala. 

"Public services across Matatiele are grinding to a halt. Tyler Bequest Hospital which now falls under the Eastern Cape is reportedly to be heavily dysfunctional and is failing to offer any kind of standard health services. This is just one of many services that the people of Matatiele are being deprived of," concluded Mr Gwala. 

The IFP calls on the ANC-led government to respect the ruling by the Constitutional Court in 2006 where it ruled that the part of the 12th Amendment dealing with the transfer of Matatiele from KZN to Eastern Cape was invalid due to insufficient consultation and flawed processes.


Issued by:
Mr Blessed Gwala, IFP Leader in the KZN Legislature,078 290 5842

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IFP KZN Legislature Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675