IFP’s U-turn during KZN Legislature walkout signals leadership problems

Democratic Alliance media statement by Francois Rodgers, MPL

Leader of the DA in the KZN Legislature

 

IFP’s U-turn during KZN Legislature walkout signals leadership problems

 

The DA is bemused by IFP Caucus Leader, Blessed Gwala’s recent comments to the media that the DA walked out of a provincial Legislature Budget Sitting following the unannounced arrival of former President Jacob Zuma simply “to gain publicity”.

The comments come after Gwala’s earlier agreement with all opposition party leaders, that in the event that Zuma arrived at Tuesday’s Sitting we would all leave. As it turned out, the IFP reneged on the agreement and remained seated while the DA, the NFP and the EFF left.

This about-turn shows that the left hand does not know what the right hand does in the IFP caucus and that perhaps Blessed Gwala is not the real IFP leader.

Tuesday’s event is also further evidence that the DA is the only KZN opposition party that has the courage of its convictions to hold the ANC to account. This is particularly evident after IFP Member, PN Msimango, told Zuma “we like you” at the start of his Debate.

The DA will continue to hold the ANC to account. We will not bow to any form of pressure.  We do so in the interests of the people of KZN who deserve a government that puts their well-being ahead of playing party politics.

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