Stop attacking Zulu king - IFP

2015-07-07 22:49
King Goodwill Zwelithini (City Press)

King Goodwill Zwelithini (City Press)

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Johannesburg - The IFP has lashed out at political parties in KwaZulu-Natal, especially the DA, claiming they are "obsessed" with Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini.

It accused parties of attacking Zwelithini for performing his duties as king.

This comes after a weekend report that taxpayers had reportedly forked out almost R3m on private flights for the king to attend social and official engagements - despite the monarch blowing his annual budget and receiving a bailout earlier this year.

The information of Zwelithini's flights surfaced when the DA wrote to the premier questioning the king's use of private charters in the past two financial years.

"It’s unfair that the DA opted to attack the activities of His Majesty the King because nowhere in the world has the movement of any king been challenged," IFP leader in the KwaZulu-Natal legislature Blessed Gwala said in a statement.

"All along the DA has proven to be two-faced, because whenever the king comes to the legislature they pretend as if they support and accept him as the king of the province. But when the King has left they stab him in the back and portray him as being corrupt and a waste of tax payer’s money. We have noticed this for a long time," he said.

The DA in KwaZulu-Natal, however, denied this saying it had respect for the king but believed he also needed to be held accountable.

"We’re not attacking the king, we’re attacking the principle," DA provincial leader Zwakele Mncwango told News24.

He said just like any other government official, Zwelithini could not use public funds as he wanted.

"Because he is the king it doesn't mean that he can abuse public funds."

Mncwango said Zwelithini had to practice what he preached.

He said the DA would not stop doing its work as an opposition party, and would continue to hold people accountable.

The IFP called on all those in the legislature who did not understand the role of the king in the province to approach the party.

"[They can] receive education on the topic or they must shut up and not display their ignorance in public," said Gwala.

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