Since the dissolution of the Abaqulusi
Council, the focus of the media and the public at large has been
on the disruption of the municipal life by IFP supporters.
This was magnified last week during the
visit of the multi-party delegation from this Parliament to
Dlomodlomo in the troubled municipality.
Without attempting to justify the
disruption of the proceedings of that visit, the IFP would like
to offer some background.
"An ANC-dominated delegation from
Parliament arrived in Dlomodlomo to stage a glamorous event
where its members expected to tell the tranquil community how
fortunate they were to have an ANC government," said
Wiseman Mcoyi IFP MPP who was present during the proceedings.
"It clearly did not occur to anyone in the ruling party
that the people of Abaqulusi may opt for a word of protest. What
did the delegation expect?"
Mcoyi also said:
"It was somewhat disingenuous of the
Premier to refer in public to unruly IFP supporters as
"hooligans" in the light of the treatment he and the
MEC for Finance and Economic Development received at the hands
of their own supporters in connection with the Jacob Zuma
"The Speaker of this Parliament was
quoted in the media explaining the reason for this visit by way
of a vague invitation from the local community. This very
invitation was issued by two local individuals and members of
the ANC, MJ Ndwandwe and V Ntshangase.
"The latter gentleman happens to be
an ANC candidate for councilor in the upcoming local government
elections. These two gentlemen dispatched their invitation from
a fax machine at the local ANC office.
"At the same time, Parliament
neglected to invite some of the crucial stakeholders to the
ongoing crisis at Abaqulusi, namely Mayor of the Zululand
District Municipality, Zanele Magwaza, or the local traditional
leader, Induna Ntshangase."
For further information contact:
Wiseman Mcoyi: 083 3129 027