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,"
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