In strongest possible terms, the IFP
dismisses the so-called "historic" sitting of the
KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Parliament in Estcourt as a clever
extension of the ANC's election campaign.
"The intention is not to "bring
Parliament to the people", as those who are trying to sell
this glitzy occasion to the public are officially
suggesting," said Dr Lionel Mtshali MPP who leads the IFP
caucus in that Parliament. "Their real aim is to garner
votes for the ruling party in the run-up to the local government
As far as the ruling party is concerned,
this unusual parliamentary sitting is most character-revealing.
It reveals the ANC's wrong priorities. "We are spending the
taxpayer's money on a public relations exercise in the province
defined by gut-wrenching poverty and the highest incidence of
HIV/Aids in the world - currently standing at 40.5
percent," said Dr Mtshali.
"The funds which paid for the
decoration of this venue and our glamorous accommodation here
could have made a difference to a poverty-stricken community
nearby! If only the ruling party was serious about policy and
service delivery," said Dr Mtshali.
The IFP is concerned to observe how the
ruling party intends to discredit all its competitors, most of
all the second largest party in the province. The ANC has
betrayed its true intentions by the way it plans to conduct this
unusual parliamentary sitting.
"Our status as mere onlookers in this
ANC venture has been magnified by the fact that we have been
allocated the same speaking time as the smaller parties,
including one that has never received a single vote in any
election to justify its place in this legislature," said Dr
"The ANC is clearly confusing service
delivery, which an occasion like this should be promoting, with
plain self-promotion. The IFP scoffs at the role we have been
assigned in this ANC venture. This is no way of bringing
Parliament to the people!" - said Dr Mtshali.
Contact: Dr Lionel Mtshali, 083 256 4902