KZN SOPA met with mixed reactions from opposition parties

2016-02-25 18:43
Senzo Mchunu. (Picture: Tebogo Letsie)

Senzo Mchunu. (Picture: Tebogo Letsie)

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Pietermaritzburg – KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu's State of the Province address was met with mixed reaction from the opposition on Thursday.

Mchunu delivered his address at the Royal Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg highlighting several issues affecting the province and announcing new projects.

The National Freedom Party’s Vikizitha Mlotshwa said there was nothing new in Mchunu’s address. “It is more or less the same as last year's speech. The premier failed to properly address the issue education,” he said.

“He said he would monitor closely that the department does not decline but he has not dealt with education MEC Peggy Nkonyeni and we are not satisfied by that.”

Mlotshwa said Nkonyeni had failed to solve problems affecting schools in the province. “We are calling the premier to reshuffle his cabinet. MEC Nkonyeni is not fit for this portfolio.”

Mlotshwa also criticised the department of agriculture. “Yes rural communities have been given tractors and cattle but they are not monitored.”

Similar speech to Gordhan

Blessed Gwala from the IFP said Mchunu’s speech was similar to the one Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivered on Wednesday night.

“They come up with very good programmes but will they be implemented? They are just massaging the hearts and minds of voters ahead of the local government elections,” he said.

Gwala said he was waiting to see what would happen after the elections. “Everything will go up including taxes, they are just saying what people want to hear for now,” he said.

The DA’s Zwakele Mncwango said the premier presented “a wish list.”

“He failed dismally to touch on the issue of the drought and how the province would be dealing with the crisis… He did not deal with issues affecting education… he just left it to the MEC to elaborate on how she would deal with the failure rate.”

Mncwango said Mchunu failed to take leadership on the issue.

Implementation of projects

Vukani Ndlovu of the EFF said the party was concerned about the implementation of projects. “The change in leadership [in the province] has had a serious impact on some of the things that need to be implemented," he said.

“We know that soon there will be a change in leadership and we will see some of the projects not been completed,” he said speaking about the upcoming local elections.

Ndlovu commended the government for making attempts to collect money owed to the National Student Financial Aid Scheme by its officials.

“I think it was a fair speech but we are not happy with how corruption is being handled by the provincial government,” he said.

The ANC welcomed the address.

ANC deputy chief whip, Nontembeko Boyce, said the caucus would make sure projects would be implemented.

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