MPLs slam Mkhize speech

2011-02-23 00:00

THE ANC welcomed yesterday’s state of the province address by KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize, while opposition parties represented in the KZN Legislature dismissed it as mostly a “carbon copy” of last week’s state of the nation address by President Jacob Zuma.

The ANC’s provincial secretary, Sihle Zikalala, said the premier’s address was in line with the policies adopted at the ANC’s national general council held in Durban and the ANC provincial lekgotla that took place in January.

“The ANC is calling upon investors to invest more in aggressive agrarian programmes which are key in uplifting rural communities in creating sustainable livelihoods.

We welcome the interventions that have been made by this executive in responding to the challenges that were caused by the recent natural disasters …” he said.

The leader of the opposition in the legislature, Bonginkosi Buthelezi, said Mkhize’s address, like Zuma’s, lacked “detail and substance” on job creation and the fight against corruption that constituted the core of both addresses.

“The Inkatha Freedom Party notes that the organisational structures in the government’s fight against corruption remain largely procedural,” he added,.

“The premier has once again enumerated the bodies whose job it is to fight corruption, but he neglected to mention that their work continues to be constrained by a breakdown in communication and a lack of co-operation with government departments.”

However, the IFP acknowledges the newly re-established fiscal balance after a prolonged period of fiscal deficit, Buthelezi said, and hopes that it will be maintained.

The Democratic Alliance leader, John Steenhuisen, dismissed the address as “too thin on fighting fraud and corruption”, saying only 12 lines of the speech were dedicated to this.

He said nothing tangible was presented on the setup of conducive conditions for the creation of job opportunities.

The Minority Front’s Amichand Rajbansi echoed the points made by Buthelezi and Steenhuisen.

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