18th September 2014.
News that the offices of the Democratic
Alliance at the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature Complex in
Pietermaritzburg were damaged by a fire early this morning is
viewed with great suspicion after recent fires destroyed the
offices of Inkatha Freedom Party in that same complex.
“At the last sitting of the KZN Legislature a
member of the ruling party, in motivating for a new legislature
complex to be built, stated that the Legislature should move out
of these buildings because they were built by colonial masters.
A few days after that our offices were burnt down and now the
offices of the official opposition have been destroyed. We have
not been able to use our offices since that time. We view these
incidents with a great deal of suspicion as it is too much of a
coincidence that only the offices of the two largest opposition
parties have been destroyed one after the other in such a short
period of time,” said IFP Leader in the KwaZulu-Natal
Legislature, Mr Blessed Gwala, MPL.
“This can be viewed as a political conspiracy
either to disrupt the work of the opposition or a desperate
attempt to add strength to the call for the building of a new
legislature complex in Pietermaritzburg – or both. If the
ruling party wants to argue that we move out of these buildings
because they were built by the apartheid regime, then that
argument must also extend to the Union Buildings in Pretoria,
the parliamentary buildings in Cape Town and most of the
municipal buildings across South Africa, because all of these
were built during the time of apartheid,” continued Mr Gwala.
“As the IFP we had objected to the building of
a new complex because of the huge cost implications and strongly
believe that tax payer’s money should be put to better use in
providing essential services to our people rather than boosting
the inflated egos of members of the ruling party. We have called
for a full investigation into the cause of the fires at our
offices and now insist that these fires at the DA offices must
also be thoroughly investigated by independent investigators and
the findings be made know before more suspicious fires occur”,
concluded Mr Gwala.
Mr Blessed Gwala, MPL, IFP Leader in the
KwaZulu Natal Legislature, 078 290 5842
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Media Officer, 073 024 5675