The corruption scandal around President Jacob Zuma's homestead in Nkandla had given the people of Nkandla a bad name and needed to corrected. This was expressed today by Mkhuleko Hlengwa MP, IFP Youth Brigade National Chairperson, at the funeral service of Sabelo Mbuyisa the Chairperson of the the IFPYB in the Nkandla Constituency.
Hlengwa said "Because of President Zuma Nkandla has made headlines for all the wrong reasons. It is regrettable that Nkandla has become synonymous with corruption. But at the polls on August 3 the people of Nkandla reaffirmed their commitment to good governance and strengthened the fight against corruption by re-electing the IFP to govern Nkandla Municipality. The people sent a clear message that they refuse to be associated with corruption. The people of Nkandla have demonstrated that it is possible to reject corruption, to draw a line in the sand and say corrupt stops here and goes no further."
The IFP does not take lightly the mandate given to it by the people of Nkandla and we understand it to be a clear instruction to continue serving their interests and further alleviate their plight.
According to Hlengwa "The IFP's overwhelming victory in Nkandla was a monumental rejection of President Zuma in his own backyard and the ANC which has aided and abetted the President's questionable leadership. The IFP now has a responsibility over the next five years to restore the image of Nkandla and ensure that Nkandla becomes a success story in terms of good governance, development, service delivery and a genuine improvement of the peoples' lives. The IFP must undo the reputational damage done to Nkandla by Mr Zuma."
The fight against corruption must not cause us to lose sight of the broader challenges confronting young people in South Africa.
Hlengwa reiterated the call he made in Parliament this week, he said "Parliament is the final authority on the passing of the budget and therefore it is Parliament that must take a lead in resolving the student fees impasse in institutions of higher learning.
Parliament must take its rightful place as the representative of the people and deal with this matter of free education once and for all. And in the final analysis we must have the political bravery and conviction to say whether free education is possible or not; and take appropriate action to respond to positively to whatever conclusion we reach."
Hlengwa paid tribute to Comrade Sabelo saying his name will go down in history for being a youth leader who made a difference in his community. He made a difference in Nkandla as he was at the forefront of the sucessful IFP Campaign in Nkandla!
Mkhuleko Hlengwa, MP
IFP Youth Brigade National Chairperson
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