Budget roadshow: Magwaza-Msibi blames political tensions for poor attendance

2012-11-05 00:00

THE Zululand District Municipality has blamed tensions between National Freedom Party (NFP) and Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) supporters in hostels around Durban for Saturday’s poor attendance of the Integrated Development Plan road-show.

Zululand District mayor and NFP leader Zanele Magwaza-Msibi told The Witness: “As there is this tension between the NFP and the IFP, people from the hostels were afraid to be seen going to an event that is being attended by political leaders who are known to be from the NFP.”

The roadshow, which was hosted in Durban by the municipality, attracted about 1 500 people.

Magwaza-Msibi reiterated that the event was a government one and all were welcomed before-hand to help shape the budget.

She condemned political violence and called for peace between the two parties.

“I condemn political violence as we do not want the return of the black-on-black violence that led to the deaths of more than 20 000 people in KwaZulu-Natal in the 1980s and 1990s.”

Magwaza-Msibi thanked Zulu monarch, King Goodwill Zwelithini, who has been calling for peace in the province.

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