KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Legislature's
"People's Parliament", planned for 27 June, is yet
another public relations venture designed to advance the party
political interests of the ruling ANC.
"The ruling party will undoubtedly
hijack the forthcoming People's Parliament for what should be
its private celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Freedom
Charter, an internal party document at the time of its
creation," said Dr Lionel Mtshali who leads the IFP's
caucus in KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Parliament in
"They have done it at least three
times this year. The Opening of Parliament at Royal Showgrounds,
the Workers' Parliament and the Youth Parliament were all
essentially ANC rallies paid for by the taxpayer. And I am not
even counting the countless government-sponsored izimbizo where
people were blatantly told how lucky they were to have an ANC
government," said Dr Mtshali.
In preparation for these occasions, the
ANC routinely avoids consultation with other political parties.
This People's Parliament was no different. "In this
so-called People's Parliament, which strives to bring the
legislative process closer to the populace, key decisions are
made by a narrow clique in the ruling party," said Dr
The IFP is equally concerned about the
recurring focus of these functions on talk at the expense of
action. The forthcoming People's Parliament has outlined a
number of public forums for, as it were in the past, futile
"The ANC have come to believe that
the people of KwaZulu-Natal can talk themselves out of chronic
unemployment and abject poverty. The IFP has always been more
pragmatic than this. We have always stood for REAL DEVELOPMENT
NOW," said Dr Mtshali.
Contact: Dr Lionel Mtshali, 083 256 4902