Statement on the Anti-Indian Mazibuye African Forum
by Mr Narend Singh

National Assembly: 20th June 2013

 

 

Honourable Speaker -

 

The IFP condemns in the strongest terms the racist utterances that have emanated from a group calling itself the Mazibuye African Forum represented by Mr Phumlani Mfeka.

 

Our attempts to give true meaning to our Rainbow Nation was dealt another blow with a series of anti-Indian comments and articles that surfaced recently, which effectively warned South African Indians to "vacate this country".

 

These remarks came in the wake of the Guptagate scandal and must be seen within the context thereof. The problem however remains one in which an entire segment of the population is blamed for the possible actions of a few.

 

Comments like the ones made by Mr Phumlani Mfeka, in which he stated that, "Africans do not regard Indians as their brethren and thus the ticking time bomb of a deadly confrontation between the two communities looms," sow nothing but hurt and division.

 

Quite coincidentally, we will be considering amendments to the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Bill later while the Forum still suggests, that, "Africans are excluded from equitable participation in our economy."

 

In a statement following a meeting with the ANC KZN PEC delegation, the Forum stated, "We shall by no means remain silent when we see that the key criterion determining a citizen's life chances economically and otherwise is in favour of Indians in KZN in particular."

 

This assertion is far from the truth. And as the IFP we believe that if there are specific cases where certain people have been unduly or unfairly enriched by the State, we will have to deal with that. The IFP encourages continued dialogue, especially the process that is being led by Mr Sunny Gayadin on behalf of Nurra.

 

 

Contact Mr Singh MP on 083 788 5954