Vryheid hosts separate, peaceful IFP, ANC meetings

2008-05-06 00:00

Two major political gatherings held in Vryheid yesterday went off peacefully, with no repeat of the clashes between IFP and ANC supporters that took place last year when a special parliamentary sitting was held in the town.

The IFP had a prayer meeting while the KZN Legislature held a workers’ parliament and organisers of both events expressed their satisfaction that the events, which were held at the same time, went off smoothly.

Zululand District Mayor Zanele Magwaza-Msibi said she was extremely proud of the people of Zululand and the exemplary manner in which they conducted themselves.

She said after the clashes that took place last year, she was extremely worried and hardly slept on Sunday night.

Given the record of problems in the past, she was critical of the Legislature for organising the special parliamentary sitting at the same time as the annual IFP prayer gathering in the area.

“We had informed the Legislature in February that the prayer meeting was taking place and were under the impression that they were going to change the time of the sitting.

“We were shocked to find that this did not happen.”

Speaker of the KZN Legislature, Willies Mchunu, said the Special Workers’ Parliament went well and he was pleased with the attendance and robust debate on such issues as job security and high food prices.

Responding to criticism from opposition parties that holding a special parliament for workers is a waste of time and money, Mchunu said it is important for different sectors of society to interact with parliament.

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