Heritage Day is not for political use

2015-10-15 06:00

I WOULD like to commend the comments made by King Goodwill Zwelithini during the Heritage Day celebration in KwaDukuza where he raised concerns about the banners used by provincial government, which depict the faces of politicians.

Although the IFP is not in control in KwaZulu-Natal, we are part of the government as we are in the legislature and therefore we want to apologise to his majesty for the banners that depicted the faces of politicians rather than the images of his majesty and King Shaka.

When the government of the day is corrupt, we are all tainted, if government fails to deliver we are all blamed, and rightfully we must take responsibility.

As a nation, we owe much to Shaka and therefore we should be celebrating his legacy, however, what we find is that some politicians use this occasion to promote themselves and make this an event of the ruling party.

This is unacceptable and must not be allowed to continue. Heritage Day must not be used for political grandstanding by those who are failing to govern while our people suffer.

His majesty is absolutely correct in pointing out that the wilful waste of public funds on the printing of such banners does not help our people who are living in poverty.

The IFP has always been critical about the abuse of the public purse to boost the inflated egos of politicians who fail to deliver on the mandates of the departments that they lead.

We have been very vocal in criticising the huge amounts of money spent on numerous imbizos and the Taking Parliament to the People programmes. If by now this government does not know what the challenges that our people face are, it is a clear indication that this government is not in touch with its people.

While the ruling party talks of Sukuma Sakhe, it does not practise this. Millions of rands, meant for service delivery, are wasted on promoting certain politicians and campaigning for the ruling party. If we are to rise up and build, then state resources must be employed for the benefit of our people and not for the benefit of the ruling party.

It is the responsibility of those in power to ensure that they fix the problems that plague our nation. The IFP is not going to accept from anybody under any circumstance that we, the people of this country, should shoulder the burden of fixing the problems that somebody else is being paid to fix. While we have always promoted the concept of self-help and self-reliance, we demand that the government takes full responsibility for the well-being of its people.

The government of the day deserves no room for excuses for its failure to fix the economy, restore the rule of law and improve the lives of our people because it made us believe that it had immediate solutions. Unfortunately, many strategies devised by the ruling party have failed dismally in spite of huge financial resources.

Good leaders take more than their share of the blame and less than their share of the credit. Unfortunately, most leaders take more than their share of the credit and less than their share of the blame. They are not respected.


IFP leader in KZNLegislature

King Goodwill Zwelithini raised concerns about the banners used by provincial government, which depict the faces of politicians during the Heritage Day celebration in KwaDukuza

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