23 January 2013
The IFP stands resolutely with the people of
South Africa in saying an emphatic NO to the mooted Eskom price
hike scheduled for later this year.
IFP spokesperson Mr Narend Singh, MP said, "I
raised the absurdity of this mooted price hike with the Minister
of Public Enterprises in the National Assembly on 22 November
last year. I asked the Minister why the citizens of South Africa
must continue to fund the many failures of government, one of
them being this current crisis at Eskom. I asked the Minister if
this government was intent on financially crippling its
citizens. I asked the Minister why the citizens of this country
have to, in the Ministers own words "bear the collective pain"
of rectifying government failure. I asked the Minister why
millions in bonuses had been paid to Eskom executives
essentially from additional public funding. I was met with a
cold ministerial response and mumble which did not respond to
any of the issues I raised."
"Instead the Minister ranted on about every
other issue under the blue sky instead of addressing and
admitting the problem at hand which is in itself inherently
simple, Government failed! Whether this was through blatant
neglect or merely utter incompetence I am not sure. But what I
am sure of is that now we the citizens must once again pay for
government blundering. I therefore take this opportunity to
remind the Minister and the ruling party that they are the
servants, serving at the behest of and for the people; the
people do not serve them or their failures. The people will not
stand for this kind of leadership much longer," said Singh.
The IFP will continue to fight for and on
behalf of the people of South Africa against this failed
government, against government's failed public enterprises and
against the financial crippling of our citizens through
excessive taxation and indiscriminate basic services price
hikes. Government must shape-up or step-down.
Contact: Narend Singh, MP on 083 788-5954
IFP Parliamentary Caucus' Media Liaison
Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675