Durban - The IFP, the official opposition party in the KwaZulu-Natal legislature, wants Premier Sihle Zikalala to use his maiden state of the province address (Sopa) on Friday to fix the province’s ailing education and fight crime, among other things.
On Wednesday, the party’s leader in the KZN legislature, Velenkosini Hlabisa, said Zikalala must also come up with plans to fix the province’s municipalities, saying the Auditor-General raised serious concerns about the way in which finances are utilised in them. To enable the economy of the province to grow, the party wants Zikalala’s government to allocate funds to build all weather roads and other critical infrastructure.
“Health care in KwaZulu Natal is crumbling. Medical facilities in the province suffer shortages of staff, especially nurses and doctors. Some medical facilities suffer the disease of bad staff attitudes towards patients,” Hlabisa said.
Turning to education, Hlabisa said only a chosen few of South Africans can afford to pay for quality education and Zikalala must end that.
“Hence the KZN government must prioritise the provision of quality education by ensuring that every primary school in the province has a proper grade R classroom; that grade R educators and/or practitioners are properly remunerated; that schools and education offices are professionally managed by skilled personnel,” he added.