The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal questions the logic in hosting the “KZN Back to Basics Launch” being organised by COGTA for mayors, speakers, councillors and municipal officials in view of local government elections to be held early next year.
“We see no benefit in hosting such an event for sitting councillors when their term in office is about to expire in early 2016. This sort of event should rather be held once the elections are over and new councillors and officials are in place, so that they will be empowered to serve with diligence for their five year term. Once again we see poor planning and a lack of vision on the part of MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube under the leadership of Premier Senzo Mchunu. The invitees to this event have no guarantee that they will be back in office after the elections. They should have been inducted and trained four years ago to avoid the chaotic state of affairs we see in almost every municipality in the province,” said IFP National Chairman, Mr Blessed Gwala MPL.
“Most municipalities in the province are mismanaged and people are complaining of poor service delivery to the point that some of the municipalities have been dissolved and placed under administration by the MEC. Now after the horse has bolted, the MEC wants to shut the stable door and call for “Back to Basics”. We see this as either just another wasteful exercise on the part of the ANC or a desperate excuse to gather people to campaign using public funds. Either way the IFP views this event as yet another mistimed and wasteful exercise that has become symbolic of the ANC-run government in KwaZulu-Natal,” concluded Mr Gwala.
Mr Blessed Gwala, IFP Leader in the KZN Legislature, 078 290 5842
Mr Phendulani Biyase, IFP KZN Legislature Media Officer, 073 024 5675