MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY

 


IFP: ANC UNDERMINES KZN PARLIAMENT

August 24, 2005

Since the ANC took control of the provincial government in KwaZulu-Natal last year, the Provincial Parliament has suffered many excesses of the ruling party at the expense of its oversight role.

"The parliamentary process has been bluntly constrained to suit the ANC's agenda," said Henry Combrinck, IFP Chief Whip in the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Parliament in Pietermaritzburg.

The Executive Council, for instance, has not been reporting to parties other than the ANC. "This has resulted in routine manipulation of the Order Paper and the MECs reporting or not reporting to Parliament as they please," said Combrinck.

The IFP Chief Whip was referring to the recent misinterpretation of the Order Paper by MEC for Agriculture, Conservation and Environmental Affairs, Professor Gabriel Ndabadaba, and today's cancellation of a presentation of MEC for Finance and Economic Development, Zweli Mkhize.

By far the most glaring example is the one set by Premier S'bu Ndebele, whose Report on Youth Affairs was not tabled and subsequently debated, as announced in the Order Paper, in May. "Let us be honest. The Order Paper has become a joke," said Combrinck.

"The IFP therefore urges the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Parliament to reassert its role as an oversight body and guardian of transparency and good governance in the province," said Combrinck.

Contact: Henry Combrinck
082 576 7255