Mercoledì, 24 Febbraio 2016 18:24 | KZN SOPA met with mixed reactions from opposition parties

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Pietermaritzburg – KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu'sState of the Province address was met with mixed reaction from the oppositionon Thursday.

Mchunu delivered his address at the Royal Showgrounds inPietermaritzburg highlighting several issues

affecting the province andannouncing new projects.

The National Freedom Party’s Vikizitha Mlotshwa saidthere was nothing new in Mchunu’s address. “It is more or less the same aslast year's speech. The premier failed to properly address the issue education,”he said.

“He said he would monitor closely that the departmentdoes not decline but he has not dealt with education MEC Peggy Nkonyeni and weare not satisfied by that.”

Mlotshwa said Nkonyeni had failed to solve problemsaffecting schools in the province. “We are calling the premier toreshuffle his cabinet. MEC Nkonyeni is not fit for this portfolio.”

Mlotshwa also criticised the department of agriculture. “Yesrural communities have been given tractors and cattle but they are notmonitored.”

Similar speech toGordhan

Blessed Gwala from the IFP said Mchunu’s speech wassimilar to the one Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivered on Wednesdaynight.

“They come up with very good programmes but will they beimplemented? They are just massaging the hearts and minds of voters ahead ofthe local government elections,” he said.

Gwala said he was waiting to see what would happen afterthe elections. “Everything will go up including taxes, they are justsaying what people want to hear for now,” he said.

The DA’s Zwakele Mncwango said the premier presented “awish list.”

“He failed dismally to touch on the issue of the droughtand how the province would be dealing with the crisis… He did not dealwith issues affecting education… he just left it to the MEC to elaborate on howshe would deal with the failure rate.”

Mncwango said Mchunu failed to take leadership on theissue.

Implementation ofprojects

Vukani Ndlovu of the EFF said the party was concernedabout the implementation of projects. “The change in leadership [in theprovince] has had a serious impact on some of the things that need to beimplemented," he said.

“We know that soon there will be a change in leadershipand we will see some of the projects not been completed,” he said speakingabout the upcoming local elections.

Ndlovu commended the government for making attempts tocollect money owed to the National Student Financial Aid Scheme by itsofficials.

“I think it was a fair speech but we are not happy withhow corruption is being handled by the provincial government,” he said.

The ANC welcomed the address.

ANC deputy chief whip, Nontembeko Boyce, said the caucuswould make sure projects would be implemented.

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