Maphumulo event postponed

2009-11-24 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal legislature programme of “Taking Parliament to the People”, which was scheduled for Maphumulo today, has been postponed until next year, owing to the recent rains.

The programme, which has been criticised by opposition parties in the past that also called for it to be revised last week, is aimed at exposing the public to the workings of parliament. The programme was supposed to end on Thursday. Since the programme’s launch in 2005, the IFP and DA have labelled it as a waste of taxpayer’s money and little more than a self-promotion exercise that promoted the ANC rather than the government.

Both the opposition parties have called on the ANC government to scrap the programme and use the funds on other critical issues facing the province.

Legislature spokesman Zwelihle Memela said that the programme was postponed to March next year because the venue that was identified was not suitable for pitching the tent where the programme was going to be held.

He said an engineers’ report stated that the venue would require seven days of sunny weather for the programme to be held there.

Last week, opposition party members called for the duration of the programme to be revised, arguing that it was costly to hold the programme over three days, and adding that the expense would further strain the already cash-strapped province.

Memela said that there will be no unecessary cost incurred for the postponement, because the programme has not been cancelled.

He said that the two sittings will be held in the city on Wednesday and Thursday to deal with items that were supposed to be dealt with at the sitting in Maphumulo.

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