Pietermaritzburg - Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has urged Members of the Provincial Legislature (MPLs) to take their oversight role seriously, saying the success of KwaZulu-Natal depended heavily on the cooperation of the legislature and provincial cabinet.
He said this when he delivered the keynote address to mark the official opening of the sixth KZN Legislature on Thursday.
The king congratulated new MPLs, KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala and applauded the work done by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in running free and fair elections whose results were accepted by everyone.
His Majesty said with the elections now over it was important for everyone to play their role in making KZN better and emphasised the role of the legislature and MPLs. "As members of this House you are tasked with political oversight, a task that you should take seriously," said the King, calling on MPLs to read more so that they would be knowledgeable and properly armed to play their oversight role.
He warned against public representatives that were aloof and out of touch with the experiences of the people they represent.