The IFP has questioned the motive behind the exclusion of other political parties in the formation of a task team which would work with police to halt political violence in KwaZulu-Natal.
“We are perturbed by the ANC’s decision to exclude other political parties in the formation of such a vital task team. The ANC decided to include its own top brass which is Mdumiseni Ntuli ANC KZN Provincial Spokesperson, Premier Willies Mchunu, Vincent Madlala, Gugu Smelane-Zulu and MEC for Community Safety and Liaison Mxolisi Kaunda,” said IFP Leader in the KZN Legislature, Mr Blessed Gwala MPL.
“This arrangement flies in the face of the Multi-Party Committee that was set up to address violence in the province. We are aware that this task team was formed after two women ANC activists and other ANC members were killed over the past weeks due to unhappiness within ANC ranks regarding the candidate selection process. We are concerned because when IFP members were killed in the past there was no task team appointed to investigate and stabilise the situation. Even the police did not see the urgency to arrest the killers. What amazes us is that whenever the ANC lost its members the police are hard at work to arrest the killers and the ANC is quick to ensure that those involved are arrested. One wonders why if other political parties are affected there is not the same sense of urgency,” continued Mr Gwala.
“The IFP believes that it would be vital that all political parties are involved in this task team if we wish to achieve success. We don’t condone any killings because the loss of life is not acceptable,” concluded Mr Gwala.
The IFP will write to the KZN Premier, Willies Mchunu to seek clarity on this matter and demand answers on why other political parties were excluded from this task team.
Mr Blessed Gwala
IFP Leader in the KZN Legislature
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