IFP Boycotts KZN Legislature Sitting
22 October 2014.
The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal has taken a decision to boycott the Legislature Sitting scheduled to take place this week on Diwali Day, Thursday, 23 October 2014.
"After we raised concerns about the failure by the Speaker to call a sitting for about two months, she has now decided to organise a sitting for Thursday which clashes with Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights. We have therefore decided to boycott this sitting as it shows disrespect to the Indian community," said IFP Leader in the KZN Legislature, Mr Blessed Gwala, MPL.
"We have complained that there had been no sitting since the budgets were passed in August this year leading to concerns as to why the Speaker has not convened the House for such a prolonged period. Now the Speaker has decided to convene the sitting on a religious day for the Hindu community," continued Mr Gwala.
"There is no point in the Premier taking out expensive adverts at tax payers' cost to wish the Hindu community a happy Diwali when the Speaker shows such disrespect. We have Honourable Members and members of Staff at the Legislature who are Hindus and they need to be with their families on this auspicious day. Is the ANC showing disrespect to the Hindu community?
We cannot allow a situation where the Speaker holds us to ransom by convening the Sitting while there is such an important religious celebration," concluded Mr Gwala.
Mr Blessed Gwala, IFP Leader in the KZN Legislature, 078 290 5842
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