ANC Sidelines IFP President

The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal Legislature has raised its grave concerns about the ANC led government, especially the Premier, Senzo Mchunu by failing to display a sense of unity and co-operation.

Delivering his Debate Speech on Africa Day today in the KZN Legislature, Mr Blessed Gwala MPL, said ” We have noticed that the Premier does not invite the IFP President, His Royal Highness Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi to important international events as was the practice by his predecessors. Former premiers would make it a point of inviting Prince Buthelezi to events such as the African Renaissance gathering but Premier Mchunu seems to have forgotten the important role that Prince Buthelezi played and continues to play. If we are serious about Africa Day, we must demonstrate our willingness to work together here in KwaZulu-Natal, putting petty politics aside and working in the interests of our people.”

Gwala further stated that ” We often hear ANC members refer to His Royal Highness Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi as an elder statesman but yet they fail to demonstrate their respect for him in the things they do. I would like to remind MEC Dube-Ncube that Local Government and Traditional Affairs cannot be separated. By refusing to acknowledge the important role that Prince Buthelezi plays in local government and traditional affairs, it is evident that she hates Prince Buthelezi with a passion. This hatred of such an eminent personage is not in keeping with the spirit of Africa Day.”

” The Premier and his Cabinet have failed dismally to show unity, and a spirit of working together with other political parties represented in the Legislature.

“The Premier and his MECs always have events where they claim that they are doing these events under the banner of ‘Sukuma Sakhe ‘ but only to find that no representatives from opposition parties are invited in these events. It cannot be that the Premier and the MECs forget that there are Portfolio Committees and that members of other political parties serve on those committees.” added Mr Gwala.

Issued by:
IFP Leader in the KZN Legislature, Mr Blessed Gwala MPL, 078 290 5842

For Media Queries:
Mr Phendulani Biyase, IFP KZN Legislature Media Officer, 073 024 5675