Pietermaritzburg: 8 December 2011
The provincial Legislature’s programme for
this year has come to a close.
The provincial government has done a lot to
improve the state of our public finances during the past year
and for this it deserves praise. The best piece of good news is
that the province appears to have paid off its past cumulative
At the same time, the people of KwaZulu-Natal
have had to endure another annual round of costly political
jamborees, known as izimbizo and Taking Parliament to the
People. The main preoccupation of these has not been, as one
would expect, promotion of service delivery but rather that of
the ruling party.
This Legislature has not had the opportunity
to carry out its oversight role in some of this year’s most
pressing issues as many of the outstanding reports on
investigations remain hidden from public scrutiny. We are
grateful for the commitment by the Honourable Premier to greater
openness, and as the Official Opposition we will judge this
government on his undertaking to keep this House up-to-date on
all ongoing investigations.
As Leader of the Official Opposition, I would
like to see the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature approach its oversight
obligations to the South African citizen and taxpayer with
considerably more vigour and dedication in the New Year 2012.
We in the Official Opposition also wish all of
you a peaceful festive season and a happy New Year 2012. May you
spend your holidays in health, peace and prosperity among your
We extend our best wishes to members of other
opposition parties, our political opponents on the opposite side
of this House, staff of the Legislature, members of the media
and the public. A peaceful festive season and a happy New Year
to all of you.
I thank you.
Honourable MB Gwala MPL