By Sizwe Mchunu, MPL, Leader of the DA in the KZN Legislature/ DA Constituency Leader for Msunduzi:
THE DA in KZN demands a full explanation from Msunduzi Mayor, Chris Ndlela, following the use of municipal mini buses to transport ANC party members to a Mandela Day event in the city on Saturday.
The incident was witnessed by a DA delegation, including myself, during a clean-up in the area as part of our own Mandela Day activities.
The vehicles in question were clearly marked with municipal number plates while the occupants were dressed in ANC regalia.
This is by no means an isolated incident. There have been numerous instances before where the ANC has abused municipal resources.
This latest instance has again highlighted the ANC’s inability to separate its state and party obligations.
More importantly, it is a fundamental contradiction of the values of former statesman, Nelson Mandela.
The DA demands an explanation from the Mayor. We also expect answers from Msunduzi’s Municipal Manager, Mxolisi Nkosi, who, just four days ago received the Premier’s award for KZN’s best municipal manager.
We will not tolerate such blatant abuse of taxpayers’ money.
Tomorrow, 18 July 2015 the Democratic Alliance Mpumalanga Leader, James Masango MP, will help paint various sections of Mapulaneng Hospital in Bushbuckridge.
Masango will be joined by Constituency Chairperson, Hamilton Thobakgale, local DA councillors and activists.
In honouring Madiba’s legacy the leadership will also hand out books to the children at the hospital and will engage the community on the party’s Vision 2029 campaign including the DA’s newly adopted Values Charter which is based on Freedom, Fairness and Opportunity.
The event will take place as follows:
Date: Saturday, 18 July 2015
Venue: Majembeni, Ward 13, next to Matlalong Primary School, Bushbuckridge
There will be an opportunity for photographs and interviews.
By James Masango MP, DA Mpumalanga Leader:
This Mandela Day, the DA in Mpumalanga calls upon all South Africans to participate in activities honouring the legacy of our nation’s father, uTata Madiba.
Positive change begins with small actions – the DA urges people to participate this Mandela Day by volunteering their time for 67 minutes in betterment of the community.
We must never forget how Nelson Mandela worked tirelessly, and self-sacrificially in South Africa and the world to encourage individuals, governments, NGO’s and communities alike to partake in good deeds.
Tomorrow, residents have the chance to offer their goodwill to the less-fortunate and to join all South Africans in doing something positive.
It is important for us as residents of Mpumalanga, and South Africans as a whole to uphold the values for which Madiba struggled and to share his message for peace and humanity with future generations. We also need to honour his legacy by living his values and principles in our daily lives.
It is indeed our duty to honour Madiba’s legacy of peace, reconciliation and nation building, and it is our privilege to honour the father of our nation as a world icon.
While we are participating in the 67 minutes of honouring Madiba let us reflect on the South Africa of today, and what our nation could be with real Freedom, Fairness and Opportunity for all.