ANC in KZN continue to renege on acknowledging the role of indentured Indian labourers

Democratic Alliance media statement by Francois Rodgers, MPL

Leader of the DA in the KZN Legislature


ANC in KZN continue to renege on acknowledging the role of indentured Indian labourers


Today, during a meeting of the KZN Office of the Premier portfolio committee, members accepted the DA’s resolution that a forensic investigation be instituted into the expenditure and progress of a monument that was supposed to have been erected to mark the arrival of indentured Indian labourers in the province.

The decision to construct the monument was taken 10 years ago yet to date there is no visible sign of any such memorial. This despite the Office of the Premier having budgeted almost R5 million for the exercise.

The funds were transferred to eThekwini in March 2014 in order to implement the project. Today the portfolio committee heard that R384 000 of this had been spent. However, upon being questioned by the DA, of any tangible evidence of this expenditure, very little, other than the drawing of plans could be identified. The Premier’s Office has now requested that the Metro transfer the balance back to them.

Upon questioning of the officials from the Premier’s Office, regarding the refund of interest generated on the R5million, the committee was informed that this would have to be referred to Treasury for a ruling.

It is in this light of the above that the DA has proposed that a forensic audit be conducted into what can only be described as a disastrous project.

The Premier has continually failed KZN’s Indian community by not erecting a monument for almost 10 years. The ongoing ‘blame-games’ and counter accusations have now finally caught up with him.

The DA remains committed to monitoring this issue in terms of our oversight role, in particular when it comes to the expenditure of taxpayers’ money and in ensuring accountability from the ANC in this province.

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