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IFP spears in as KZN's official opposition

By unknown | Nov 10, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mhlaba Memela

Mhlaba Memela

The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal is gearing up to assume its new role as the official opposition in the province.

On Tuesday four IFP members resigned from the province's legislature. The move comes days after the ANC premier sacked the two remaining IFP MECs in the provincial cabinet and replaced them with ANC members.

Ndebele dismissed former public works MEC Blessed Gwala and social welfare MEC Inkosi Nyanaga Ngubane after the relationship between the ruling party and the IFP hit rock bottom and the ANC began losing ground to the IFP at local government level.

According to Lionel Mtshali, the IFP caucus leader, he, Inkosi Simon Gumede, chairman of the conservation portfolio committee, SV Naicker, portfolio committee chairman, and Lauretta Ngcobo, the National Council of Provinces portfolio committee chairman, resigned in sympathy with their axed colleagues.

"Our chairpersonships in these committees were part and parcel of our participation in the broad-based ANC-led provincial government after the 2004 election.

"Our resignations naturally follow the dismissal of our colleagues from the cabinet," Mtshali said.

But ANC supporters have disagreed, saying the four would have been fired or voted out had they not resigned.

Meanwhile, political analyst Zakhele Ndlovu said the move by the ANC to take over all the posts in the cabinet was good for democracy.

"The ANC will now be able to implement its vision clearly.

"It will also mean that the IFP can play its role as the opposition without fear," Ndlovu said.


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