By Mkhuleko Hlengwa MP
IFP National Spokesperson
Note to Editors: This statement follows the sitting of the IFP’s National Executive committee. The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the IFP sits every week to discuss issues facing the country and the party.
On the IEC Voters Roll:
The NEC holds firm that the IEC needs to get its house in order before the 2019 National and Provincial Election. The Voters Roll matter which is before the court must be ironed out before South Africa heads to the polls.
This matter is extremely important to ensure that every registered voter appears to be on an updated Voters Roll.
The NEC wishes to encourage all South Africans to register to vote in next year’s National and Provincial Election. This is one of the most important elections since the dawn of our democracy.
Each and every resident must ensure that they register or update their details online or at their nearest Provincial IEC Office.
On Taxi Violence:
Our condolences have been expressed to the friends, family and loved ones of the 11 taxi-drivers who tragically lost their lives. IFP MP KP Sithole issued a statement in this regard. He also expressed the view of the IFP condemning taxi violence and committed to submit questions in the National Assembly to get answers from the Minister of Police.
Mr KP Sithole’s (MP) statement can be accessed here: http://ifp.org.za/newsroom/kzn-taxi-violence-condolences-condemnation/
Furthermore, the NEC of the IFP is calling on the National Government, including the Security and Transport Cluster portfolios represented in Cabinet to host a National Dialogue with Organised Taxi Associations and Communities affected by deep-rooted taxi violence.
Only a National Dialogue on this matter will allow Government Ministers to work in tandem in finding an amicable solution to this looming crisis.
The shortcomings of the Intelligence and Law Enforcement Authorities in this regard may be dealt with swiftly during such discussion and may prove that communities are able to assist the authorities in operations.
On Suspension of Fuel Levies:
The IFP NEC notes the Letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa, drafted by National Spokesperson, Mkhuleko Hlengwa, pleading with the president to walk his talk and to suspend the fuel levy.
The NEC is in the process of finalising our National Day of Action Activities and National Petition to the President.
The NEC notes the invitation by the Leader of the DA to join his party in protesting before National Treasury in Pretoria. The NEC welcomes the support of the DA in our calls to have fuel levies suspended.
On Death Penalty Debate:
The NEC supports the opening up of a debate on the Death Penalty Matter. IFP NEC Member, Treasurer General and Chief Whip in Parliament, Narend Singh MP is driving this process and calling for a national general discussion on the matter.
The NEC notes that Mr Singh MP, will over the coming months drive this campaign to have the discussion on the Death Penalty tabled by the Joint Constitutional Review Committee in Parliament.
On IFP Policy Review Conference:
The NEC is pleased that the processes of reviewing our National Policies are well underway.
This weekend, the NEC will be in attendance at the weekend-long Policy Review Conference together with all our National, Provincial and Local government representatives.
The party has expanded the Policy Review process to include analysts, policy experts, economic advisors and civil society organisations to join us over the weekend as we work towards putting our best policy offer before South Africans ahead of the 2019 National and Provincial Election.
On IFP Media Engagements:
The NEC notes that the IFP Media Team under the leadership of Ms LL van der Merwe MP, are in the process of updating mailing lists and gathering information from all Editors, Political Reporters and Journalists across the country.
We therefore encourage all Media Houses to send their details to [email protected] to be included on our mailing lists, election information lists and invitations to our activities, press conferences and launches.
Mkhuleko Hlengwa MP
IFP National Spokesperson
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