The IFP will invoke its rights afforded by
the South African Constitution, all the relevant legislation,
the standing rules of the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Parliament
and common sense in order to fight a motion by Cyril Xaba, ANC
MPP, and aimed at ousting IFP leader, Dr Lionel Mtshali, from
all elective positions in that Parliament.
Xaba’s motion, tabled during a recent
sitting in Estcourt, accused Dr Mtshali of vitriolic utterances,
unbecoming conduct as a leader, not contributing to peace and
stability in the province and bringing Parliament into
disrepute. The motion did not specify any of these accusations.
“The language of this motion is libelous
and out of order in terms of parliamentary rules. This is
unparliamentary behaviour. The IFP will fight the motion in
accordance with the rules. We will raise a point of order and we
are making this position clear in advance of the sitting,”
said Dr Mtshali.
“This is a blatant attempt to silence a
political opponent. It moves KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa
closer to a one-party state. The IFP, by definition and on
principle, will not stand for it. The IFP will not tolerate it,”
said Dr Mtshali.
Dr Mtshali criticized the motive behind
holding the parliamentary sitting in Estcourt at the time:
"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. Their real aim
is to garner votes for the ruling party in the run-up to the
local government elections."
"The funds which paid for the
decoration of this venue and our glamorous accommodation there
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 at the time.
For further information contact:
Dr Lionel Mtshali: 083 256 4902