MEC’s visit: IFP claim denied

2013-04-10 00:00

THE Inkatha Freedom Party claims that a school in Jozini, northern KwaZulu-Natal, closed its gates at 10.30 am yesterday, ahead of a visit from the MEC for Finance, Ina Cronjé.

But this has been vehemently denied by Cronjé’s spokesperson, Ntokozo Maphisa, who said that Cronjé, as the former MEC for Education, was very strict and would not allow lessons to be interrupted at schools.

“That’s why we don’t even use school halls for functions and we don’t even invite school choirs to sing because we don’t want to disrupt education.

“I’d personally chase away a pupil in their school uniform if I saw them there,” he said.

He said the function, which saw First National Bank and KZN Treasury forging a partnership to take budget discussions to businesspeople and the community of Jozini, was held at the local sport grounds.

“IFP is trying to play politics,” Maphisa said.

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