Reds want king’s budget scrapped

2010-03-03 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL young communists are calling for the scrapping of King Goodwill Zwelithini’s annual budget and one of his most important functions as the province’s constitutional monarch — the annual opening of the KZN Legislature.

The call is among the resolutions made by their weekend provincial lekgotla that are contained in a statement issued by Young Communist League (YCL) provincial spokesman Mafika Mndebele yesterday.

The YCL questioned the logic of holding the opening of the provincial parliament by the king and the state of the province address by the premier over two days.

“Why do you need to have two days of extravagant show, with the king taking his full day and the premier taking his full day?

“While we see a need for the premier’s state of the province address, we are perplexed by the … meaninglessness of the king’s address that seeks to promote him as an individual,” the group said.

The young communists also questioned the king’s budget, saying it consumes millions of rands of taxpayers’ money.

“His [the king’s] huge budget is also worrisome.

“People who do not wake up in the morning and have never been employed have been turned into millionaires by virtue of their so-called hereditary positions. This must come to an end,” said the YCL resolution.

The YCL also expressed anger over what it called the abuse of state resources in KZN during the opening of parliament “which had been turned into a bling-bling show-off by fashion stars … while our masses have been reduced to spectators”.

ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said they have noted the remarks, but that the party respects the king and the kingdom.

“We believe it is part of our culture and heritage and has a role to play in building our society, especially in ensuring social cohesion through cultural programme. We will interact directly with YCL on these issues,” he said.

The national spokesman of the Inkatha Freedom Party, Rev Musa Zondi, said it is well known that communists everywhere are against the institution of the monarchy.

“We are not surprised by their attitude towards the king. Whether it’s in Europe or anywhere, communists are against the institute of monarchy.

We wonder whether their ‘big brother’ in the alliance will agree with them.

“The decision on the role of the king to officially open the legislature was reached in 1994 by all parties represented in the legislature.

They are not there …” Zondi said.

The YCL said there should be investigations into allegations that there are elements of nepotism in the premier’s office and that the premier’s family has benefited from government tenders.

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