Pietermaritzburg - Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has used the opening of the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature to warn against aloof public representatives, urging for constituency offices to be used to serve across the political divide.
Delivering the keynote address at the Royal Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday, the king cautioned of a widening gap between public representatives and the electorate. "You must always remember that although you are sent by your parties to legislatures and parliament, when you take the oath of office you become public representatives, serving everyone, not just your party members," said the king.
He added that the electorate was becoming more aware of politicians who only visit them ahead of the elections when they needed their votes and disappear once elected to public office.
The king said there were people that were not getting services because of their political affiliation, and cautioned against such conduct from government officials, adding that he would continue to preach the gospel of serving people beyond political affiliation.
"If the office of the speaker does not agree with my observations, my appeal is that an investigation should be conducted on the functioning of constituency offices in order to determine whether there is contact and communication between public representatives and members of the public," said the king.