Government is failing to protect traditional leaders, says IFP

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) called out KwaZulu-Natal’s local government to admit its failure to protect traditional leaders. The party alleged the killings as evidence of the ANC’s inability to eradicate crime.

Amakhosi and Izinduna fodder for votes

Blessed Gwala, IFP KZN Provincial Spokesperson for Community Safety and Liaison, says now is the time for the ruling party to accept and admit defeat.

Gwala, a member of the provincial legislature, spoke out following Inkosi Prince Msingaphansi of Umzimkhulu was shot and killed at his home on Thursday evening.

“Government cannot just use Amakhosi as election fodder but then fail to protect them. When office bearers are sworn in, a massive phalanx of praetorian security guards and vehicles stand at the ready. Why does government fail to provide protection for Amakhosi? In the past, every clan had its own systems in place for the protection of traditional leaders, but government decided to discard them,”

saidBlessed Gwala.

ANC ‘does not care’ and should do more – IFP

KZN government is led by Premier Sihle Zikalala, who Gwala believes is responsible for the safety of his constituents and should partner with other wings of local government.

These include provincial Members of the Executive Council (MEC) for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) Sipho Hlomuka and Peggy Nkonyeni the MEC for Community Safety and Liaison.

Gwala says Zikalala must fight instead of sending condolences whenever traditional leaders are killed.

“Once the Inkosi is buried, government forgets about their safety, and only wakes up again when another disaster strikes. Government must stop gambling with the lives of Amakhosi and then crying crocodile tears. This must be a wake-up call for Amakhosi, the ANC-led government does not care about them,”

said IFP MPL Blessed Gwala

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