25 March 2014.
The Inkatha Freedom Party expresses its
concern that the ruling party seeks to push Bills through
parliament without following due process as enshrined in the
Constitution of South Africa.
Sections 72 and 118 of the Constitution
requires that the South African public must be given the
opportunity to have its voice heard when laws are being crafted.
This public consultative process is the platform for ordinary
citizens and interest groups to have their say in the law making
process – laws that affect their day to day lives.
There are about 20 Bills that are attempted to
be rushed through the Legislature without giving ordinary South
Africans and interest groups fair opportunity to voice their
opinions. Some of these Bills have been in the pipeline for
about three (3) years now. The IFP questions the motive behind
rushing to pass these Bills.
In considering these Bills before us today,
the IFP is of the view that the process of public consultation
has been deeply flawed and our citizens were not given the
opportunity to be part of the law making process.
The Programming Committee of the Legislature
is now dysfunctional and is being dictated to by a cabal within
the ANC caucus.
The IFP also notes with concern that recently
at sittings of this Legislature, most MECs are absent and
questions put to MECs are not answered within the legislated
timeframes. This is an indication either that there are serious
divisions among the provincial caucus of the ANC and some MECs
are more concerned with electioneering than with accounting to
Therefore the IFP caucus decided not to be
part of a process that denies our citizens their rights and
subsequently walked out of the House. This decision was prompted
by the absence of most of the MECs including the Premier of the
province and many members of the ruling party MPLs.
Hon Blessed Gwala MPL
Leader of the Official Opposition – KwaZulu Natal
Contact: 078 905 5842.