CRITICISES DELAY OF POLITICAL VIOLENCE COMMISSION
April 26, 2005
IFP welcomed the Premier’s decision to establish a Commission
of Enquiry on Political Violence in KwaZulu-Natal in February.
“But, two months down the line, the IFP notes with
disappointment that the Commission has not materialised in
deed,” said Dr Lionel Mtshali who leads the IFP Caucus in the
KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Parliament.
IFP applauded the bold and uncompromising stand adopted by
Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi in his response to the President’s
State of the Nation Address. Our leader’s contribution to the
debate, which has since become public, placed the subject of all
forms of violence on top of the list of priorities to be
addressed by government.
Buthelezi’s letter to Deputy President Zuma requesting the
appointment of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into
Political Violence in KwaZulu-Natal culminated in President
Mbeki’s directive to Premier Ndebele to act expeditiously and
establish such a judiciary commission in terms of the
KwaZulu-Natal Commissions Act of 1999.
then, the Premier approached all the other political parties for
the terms of reference for this Commission. The IFP duly
complied. This was the last time we heard of Ndebele’s
IFP has, for many years, been the lone voice in its demands for
justice for the killings of the 400 IFP leaders and the 20 000
civilians at Richmond and elsewhere in the province at the
height of the political violence that destabilised KwaZulu-Natal.
“Sadly, the truth and
reconciliation process did not provide answers to the crucial
questions. To this day, we do not know who killed and maimed our
people. It is the sad truth that the criminal justice system has
failed the victims of political violence in this province.”
Contact: Dr Lionel Mtshali, 083 256 4902