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
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