25 November 2013
The IFP in KZN is deeply shocked and saddened
by Tuesday's shopping mall tragedy in Tongaat, north of Durban.
is a grave indictment on the enforcement of the law by the
eThekwini City Council. Their inefficiency and maladministration
has directly contributed to this senseless tragedy,' said Hon.
Blessed Gwala, provincial leader of the IFP.
The beleaguered eThekwini Municipality must
take responsibility for the loss of innocent lives and the
injuries of scores of others. This disaster is grim testimony of
eThekwini's failure to enforce by-laws and correct processes and
The Deputy Mayor's assertion that the council
had obtained a court order to halt the building is cold comfort
in the face of such heart-wrenching devastation. We are however
comforted by the knowledge that this sub-standard building was
not opened to the public at the time of the tragedy. Had this
been the case, then this tragedy would have been magnified by
greater loss of lives.
acknowledges the sterling work done by the police's search and
rescue team and other emergency services in the aftermath of
The party records its heartfelt condolences to
the families of the deceased and pray for a speedy and complete
recovery for those injured.
"We, the IFP call for a full investigation
with a view to sending out a clear message that this kind of
inefficiency, shoddy workmanship and corruption has no place in
our democratic society," concluded Gwala.
Hon. Blessed Gwala,
IFP KZN Legislature Caucus Leader
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