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Buthelezi's claims are false

By unknown | Oct 18, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

The recent claims on governance in KwaZulu-Natal by IFP president Mangosuthu Buthelezi refer.

The recent claims on governance in KwaZulu-Natal by IFP president Mangosuthu Buthelezi refer.

Ninety percent of the provincial government employees were inherited from the former KwaZulu government. Of the current 14 heads of departments, only three are new.

The management of the department of education had completely broken down and the Mchunu-Mashinini Task Team was appointed to correct the chronic problems that had gone on for years.

The longest serving HOD is the head of treasury Sipho Shabalala, who also served in the KwaZulu government. Where is the purge?

The current director-general, Dr Kwazi Mbanjwa, served the KwaZulu government in the department of works, headed by the late Inkosi Hulumeni Gumede and the Reverend Celani Mtetwa. From 1994 he served under me as transport MEC and together with Chris Hlabisa, and many others, they experienced a deserved rise. Today Mbanjwa is DG, and Hlabisa is HOD of transport.

Yasmin Bacus and Stella Khumalo, heads of community safety and arts, culture and tourism respectively, were appointed by this government having risen from within the department long before the ANC took control of KwaZulu-Natal. The head of the welfare department retired and the post is vacant.

Dr Fikiswa Madlopa served under different IFP MECs and continues to serve as HOD of public works. Again, where is the purge? Instead of a resolution embracing an undying alliance with the DA and Freedom Front, Buthelezi should in these last two years do what Inkosi Albert Luthuli and Oliver Tambo begged him to do: "Advance and consolidate the unity of the previously disenfranchised".

Sibusiso Ndebele, ANC chairman and Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg


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