Legislature: opening events format remains

2011-02-16 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Legislature will continue with its two ceremonies to mark the opening of the legislature despite heavy criticism from the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL).

The youth league took a swipe at the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature for organising two annual ceremonies to mark the opening of the legislature — the ceremonial one, opened by His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini, and another where Premier Zweli Mkhize delivers his state of the province address.

Spokesperson of the KZN Legislature Wonder Hlongwa said the opening of the legislature by King Zwelithini, scheduled for Monday at the Royal Showgrounds’ Olympia Hall, and the state of the province address on Tuesday at the same venue are going to continue as scheduled.

Criticising the holding of the opening over two days, the ANCYL described it “as an unnecessary waste at a time when we are supposed to be saving and concentrating on service delivery”.

Last year, the Young Communist League (YCL) also issued a statement criticising the events.

On Sunday, after the ANCYL provincial executive committee (PEC) lekgotla at Ingele Forest Lodge near Kokstad, the youth wing suggested that both events should take place over one day and the money saved be used for other purposes.

Hlongwa said the political leadership of the legislature is more than prepared to engage the youth league on the matter.

“We want to put it on record that the holding of the two functions was done as a gesture of respect to the institutions of traditional leadership and the monarchy. It must be noted as well that the state of the nation address ceremony is paid for by the premier’s office, not by the legislature,” Hlongwa said.

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