Blessed Gwala

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Blessed Gwala said : “While it (the city) is under administration they must identify a suitable person to take over as the mayor for the last few months since we are heading for the local government elections,” External link

iol Wednesday, August 14, 2019 11:46:00 AM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “We call on the police to apply the same energy used in arresting journalists in fighting criminals who are terrorising and killing people,” External link

citizen Thursday, July 11, 2019 6:38:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said ( about Metro Police ) : “Police officers are a crucial part of the justice machinery and unfortunately at present, an abusive part. Indeed, there is a responsibility on the government to protect its citizens and to do otherwise is to abdicate the legitimate expectations of its citizens,” “The only way to change that is to ensure that the police’s actions are investigated and that those responsible for any abuses are held to account” External link

citizen Thursday, July 11, 2019 6:38:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “long campaign of propaganda and vilification promoted by the ANC” External link

citizen Saturday, May 4, 2019 7:35:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “We therefore, demand that Minister Bheki Cele must tell us whether Huhudi police officers have been instructed not to investigate cases involving ANC members in North West. He must institute his own investigation into why the police have failed to arrest ANC members that attacked IFP members. As the IFP we believe that all cases must be prioritised irrespective of political affiliation. Rather, it is an opportunity for the SAPS to act with professionalism, neutrality, and respect for the individuals they are constitutionally tasked to protect,” “We have [also] reported this matter to the IEC [Electoral Commission of South Africa] so that action must be taken against the ANC. This is indicative that the ANC is afraid if it sees that the IFP’s support is growing in North West,” External link

citizen Saturday, May 4, 2019 7:35:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : "We therefore, demand that Minister Bheki Cele must tell us whether Huhudi police officers have been instructed not to investigate cases involving ANC members in North West. He must institute his own investigation into why the police have failed to arrest ANC members that attacked IFP members. As the IFP we believe that all cases must be prioritised irrespective of political affiliation. Rather, it is an opportunity for the SAPS to act with professionalism, neutrality, and respect for the individuals they are constitutionally tasked to protect," "We have [also] reported this matter to the IEC [Electoral Commission of South Africa] so that action must be taken against the ANC. This is indicative that the ANC is afraid if it sees that the IFP’s support is growing in North West," External link

iol Saturday, May 4, 2019 1:19:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “The province is increasingly becoming a [haven] for gun-toting assassins. Our communities do not feel safe anymore due to these random killings carried out by these trigger-happy criminals who know that the law is weak and that they will get away with their actions,” External link

citizen Saturday, April 27, 2019 3:18:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Nzuza family, friends, and colleagues of the fallen councillor during this difficult time,” External link

citizen Saturday, April 27, 2019 3:18:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “No one has ever reported that there are divisions in our Vryheid structures and that makes it difficult for me to answer you in a manner that will satisfy you. Maybe that is being discussed in corridors somewhere but it has not reached us,” External link

iol Tuesday, April 23, 2019 6:23:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “his own comrades, who are on a campaign trail of embezzling public funds under the guise of his Thuma Mina election campaign” External link

dailymaverick Friday, January 11, 2019 5:37:00 AM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “The focus should also be about educating children and the youth about crime prevention measures. By putting more focus on education and early childhood development measures, children will hopefully be less interested and prone to committing crimes as they get older. A focus on education helps provide a more permanent solution to this problem, as the mentality of the potential perpetrator of such crimes has completely shifted due to their education and upbringing. Finally, in order to gain community support for crime prevention and youth focused initiatives, it will be important to establish monitoring systems which provide data to guide decision making about new programmes and initiatives, and to report on outcomes achieved. Without this type of approach, the community will continue to be alarmed about the behaviour of South African youth and remain misled as to the extent of the problem,” External link

ifp Friday, October 27, 2017 1:21:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded ( about Kwazulu Natal ) : “KwaZulu-Natal must adopt a new mental paradigm and go in search of effective measures to eradicate violent crime, specifically murder, from the society. One obvious benefit to taking such a radical approach is that it will impose a sense of urgency in addressing the problem. In KwaZulu-Natal, we don’t just have crime, we have a crime epidemic. Lastly, as the IFP we want concerted efforts from all quarters to eradicate the menace of alcohol and drugs abuse as it was found to be a generator of violent crime in the country and in KZN. We need the involvement of various government agencies and the local community including non-governmental organisations (NGOs). We wish to emphasise community empowerment, building capacity and knowledge to fight the drug menace,” External link

ifp Thursday, October 26, 2017 12:36:00 AM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “We have a Crime Intelligence Unit in the province and it is up to this unit to be on the ground gathering information that will, in the first instance prevent such atrocities taking place and secondly, arresting those who are behind them. There is also the Provincial Organised Crime Task Team that is place to investigate such incidents but the killings go on unabated. It is evident that the police are losing the battle to curb crime in our province. The National Police Minister needs to step in and take charge of this situation. Our province cannot be held hostage by criminals and murderers. We have many good police personnel within the ranks of SAPS and they must be given the necessary support to do their work to restore law and order in KwaZulu-Natal. We send our condolences to the families and friends of those who have been killed in Nteke,” External link

ifp Friday, October 6, 2017 11:54:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “We re-iterate our call for a thorough investigation to end the scourge of illegal guns which are alleged to be used in these senseless killings. The constant reports of gun-related crimes and violence in this country calls for urgent action. I urge police management to be creative and do something tangible to get illegal guns off the streets. As the IFP we urge the police to work around the clock to apprehend the killers of the Sibiya family members. We send our heartfelt condolences to the family of the deceased and the Umvoti community,” External link

ifp Wednesday, October 4, 2017 7:37:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded ( about Blessed Gwala ) : “Xolani Gwala is a household name and his incisive take on topical issues has earned him the respect of listeners in many parts of the country. He is blessed with a sharp mind that keeps him on the cutting edge of media in South Africa. We are confident that with support from his family, friends and with appropriate medical care he will enjoy good health again. Our prayers are with him for a full recovery,” External link

ifp Friday, September 29, 2017 3:48:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “Furthermore, we demand that the investigation must also be conducted into reports that KZN Legislature jackets were recently sold at the KZN Youth Parliament and Women’s Parliament which were delivered in a vehicle branded with the ANC Youth League’s logo,” External link

ifp Friday, September 29, 2017 3:48:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “It must further be investigated whether the tavern in question is operating legally and why it is allowed to operate 24hrs. Above that we call for severe punishment for anyone found in possession of human remains. We must put an end to the scourge of cannibalism that has shocked the nation,” External link

ifp Monday, September 4, 2017 8:15:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said ( about Sipho Nkosi ) : “Sipho Nkosi, as Chairperson of the Finance Portfolio Committee must have been aware of the media briefing that we as the IFP held in November 2016 where we presented various serious allegations of fraud and corruption at the KZN Treasury. Many media houses were present and reported on our concerns. Therefore, we now find it strange that Nkosi will now consider it strange that President Zuma has called for another investigation. We agree with Nkosi when he questions the outcome of the 2015 investigation and the whereabouts of the report. We have been asking the same question for about two years now, but neither Nkosi nor MEC Belinda Scott saw it fit to find out what has happened to that report. We are of the view that Nkosi and Scott were hopping that the matter will just fade away since we expressed the view that Scott was protecting the white cabal that is operating within the KZN Treasury,” External link

ifp Friday, September 1, 2017 3:00:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “It is true that the office of Auditor General, Kimi Makwetu had given the provincial treasury clean audit reports in the past, but it must be remembered that the AG’s Office can only comment on documents and accounts that are presented for audit. The AG’s Office will not be made aware of the contracts that are given to persons who are well-connected to senior staff within Treasury or any other underhanded activities that are going on. In the past we have suggested that the AG’s Office amend its audit processes so that invoices can be more closely scrutinised to ensure that what was ordered was in keeping with what was supplied. At the IFP media briefing we expose some of those serious irregularities in the hope that MEC Scott will take us seriously and herself call for an investigation. As the IFP we are hopeful that MEC Scott and Sipho Nkosi will co-operate with the investigation since it has been called for by their boss. We also call upon them to find the whereabouts of the 2015 SIU investigation report and make it available to the Finance Portfolio Committee and the public at large,” External link

ifp Friday, September 1, 2017 3:00:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “We believe that special consideration should be given to occupational stress in the police service because the police fulfil an essential role in society and stress potentially undermines the effectiveness and efficiency of the service. Police officers working in a stressful environment may constitute a threat to themselves, their colleagues, and to the public at large. The IFP challenges the SAPS authorities to provide a detailed plan to prevent suicide among its members which must include the early detection of suicidal behaviour,” External link

ifp Wednesday, August 30, 2017 4:46:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “It must be remembered that our call for an investigation forced the KZN Premier to intervene and he overruled the MEC of Finance who threatened to take the report of the former public protector, Thuli Madonsela on judicial review, but after that nothing has happened at provincial level to investigate the goings on at the Treasury. We welcome President Zuma’s call for an investigation but urge the President to ensure that an investigation does indeed take place and a report is made public without delay. We say this because in 2015 President Zuma had called for an investigation about the spending of tax payers’ money on projects like the International North Sea Jazz Festival, Commemoration of Prisoners of War-St Helena event and KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board. Millions of rand were paid to the organisers but some of the projects never took place and money was not recovered. To this day, we have not seen the outcome of that investigation. If the President is serious about exposing and eradicating corruption, he must follow through and ensure that the public is made aware of the outcome of the investigations. The IFP will be following this issue very closely” External link

ifp Monday, August 28, 2017 12:18:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “We call on the police to thoroughly investigate whether this taxi was roadworthy or not. If it was not the owner must be held accountable for his negligence. We must not allow our people to be transported on moving coffins. Unroadworthy vehicles must be eradicated from our roads. We also encourage people to ensure that they hire roadworthy vehicles for their trips. Before they make any form of payment they must demand a recent roadworthy certificate and enquire about the competence of the driver,” External link

ifp Monday, August 21, 2017 8:37:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “The eDumbe municipality is dysfunctional since the budget has not been approved to date. The ANC councillors are objecting to discussions around the deficit that occurred in this municipality under the previous leadership. The MEC must rise above politics and use her Constitutional powers to intervene in this municipality.We need to always put the interests of the people first,” External link

ifp Monday, August 21, 2017 11:10:00 AM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “IPID has a critical role to play in the fight against crime. Therefore it is disconcerting to learn about the number of serious cases that are closed and filed away just because investigators need to meet targets in terms of cases closed. By closing hundreds of unresolved cases without proper investigation, IPID is allowing criminals to walk free to commit more criminal acts. IPID investigators have a duty to the nation to act in an ethical manner and ensure that victims of crime find closure and that the perpetrators of crime face the full might of the law. We cannot allow a situation where crime fighting institutions become lame ducks through corruption and inefficiency. The question now is : Who investigates those within IPID who are alleged to be corrupt?” External link

ifp Friday, August 18, 2017 12:18:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded ( about Mxolisi Kaunda ) : “We call upon Amakhosi, Izinduna and councillors to urgently call an imbizo to prevent the spread of this violence. We cannot allow this situation to run out of hand. We must stop the bloodshed urgently. Furthermore, even the KZN MEC of Education, Mthandeni Dlungwane and the MEC for Community Safety and Liaison, Mxolisi Kaunda must intervene in this matter without any further delay,” External link

ifp Sunday, August 13, 2017 2:52:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said ( about Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma ) : “The rally was used to campaign for Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. This is very unbecoming for a leader of the Premier’s stature,” External link

iol Thursday, August 10, 2017 7:26:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded ( about Team ) : “These allegations are very serious since they implicate senior officials within the Premier’s Department. If the Premier is serious about good governance, we urge him to follow through on the recommendation in the forensic report and open a case of fraud and corruption with the SAPS Anti-Corruption Task Team. We are aware of the names of the officials who are alleged to be involved and encourage them and other officials in the Office of the Premier to co-operate with the investigations. Corruption has become a cancer that is depriving our people of funds that are meant to improve their lives. Anyone who is guilty of the theft of public funds must face the full might of the law,” External link

ifp Thursday, August 10, 2017 1:01:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “While we welcome this announcement by Premier Willies Mchunu we must raise our concern with regard to the dark cloud that hang over the head of Dr Mkhize. We are aware that when she was the DG in Mpumalanga she had authorised memorial services for former President Mandela in 2013 which cost the province R70 million. After National Treasury filed the complaint with regard to a violation of procurement procedures, the Hawks began an investigation. We would also like to know why Dr Mkhize left Mpumalanga Province before her contract could end and while Premier David Mabuza was on sick leave. It would appear that Dr Mkhize arrives in KwaZulu-Natal with many unanswered questions surrounding her tenure as a Director General in Mpumalanga,” External link

ifp Tuesday, August 1, 2017 6:21:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded ( about Thuli Madonsela ) : “The discrepancies around the contract to organise the memorial services that was awarded to Carol Bouwer Productions was also reported to the office of the then Public Protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela. We call on the Hawks and the Public Protector’s office to expedite the investigations and release a report before KZN falls prey to even more unauthorised and irregular expenditures,” External link

ifp Tuesday, August 1, 2017 6:21:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said ( about Sihle Zikalala ) : "We will go to the polls kicking and screaming and we will contest the elections since we have no other option. I am surprised that the ANC chose to ignore the letter I wrote to the ANC provincial chairperson‚ Mr Sihle Zikalala wherein I suggested that we meet in a five-a-side to discuss the impasse and find a more reasonable solution‚" External link

thetimes-za Tuesday, February 14, 2017 9:17:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said ( about Blessed Gwala ) : “For over five months the Nqutu Municipality has been without a properly elected council‚" said an angry Gwala. He said the meeting proceeded well with Mkhize officiating until the name of the IFP mayoral candidate was proposed and seconded. "At this point‚ Mr Lucky Moloi who we believe is the ANC mayoral candidate questioned why Mr Zamo Mkhize was running the election and not COGTA. Then ANC members from Pietermaritzburg barged into the hall singing and chanting ANC slogans. Their actions disrupted the entire process‚” External link

thetimes-za Tuesday, February 7, 2017 8:17:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “It is unacceptable that people are indiscriminately killed while going about their daily lives. This must stop immediately before there is any more loss of innocent lives. These two killings come so soon after the brutal assassination of Inkosi Linda Mathonsi. I have made a request for the police to offer a reward to anyone who has information that will lead to the arrest and conviction these killers. We cannot go on living in an environment where such lawlessness prevails and innocent citizens become random targets for killers who go unpunished. I will lead a delegation of IFP leaders including the leadership from Umhlautze to visit both families tomorrow at 12 noon,” External link

ifp Tuesday, December 20, 2016 10:50:00 AM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “You cannot make remarks contrary to the Constitution and offend South African society. Condemnation against this kind of behaviour is not enough, but such rotten elements must be arrested and prosecuted. We must not allow people to be treated in such a manner in a democratic country by self-centered racists. South Africa is a glass house that must be guarded and protected against such practices,” External link

enca Friday, December 16, 2016 8:49:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “You cannot make remarks contrary to the Constitution and offend South African society. Condemnation against this kind of behaviour is not enough, but such rotten elements must be arrested and prosecuted. We must not allow people to be treated in such a manner in a democratic country by self-centered racists. South Africa is a glass house that must be guarded and protected against such practices,” External link

iol Friday, December 16, 2016 12:15:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “As the IFP we condemn the persistence and resurgence of violent ideologies based on racial or national prejudice. We also condemn political platforms and organizations based on racism; xenophobia or doctrines of racial superiority and related discrimination. Such attitudes are incompatible with democracy and freedom,” External link

ifp Thursday, December 15, 2016 10:52:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “We do not wish to see a return to a state of lawlessness which saw the loss of thousands of mostly innocent lives in the past. There are a few trigger-happy and stubborn elements which are responsible for the instability in the taxi industry and these individuals must be isolated. We must make a difference between ‘chance-takers’, the so-called izinkabi or hitmen and those who are earning a legitimate living by driving taxis. Taxi owners must never allow bad elements to destroy their business which is legitimate. We cannot afford to have the taxi industry being wrecked by so much havoc, and thus the need to engage everyone involved and make sure we stabilise the taxi industry in the best interests of commuters and the people of KwaSwayimane,” External link

ifp Thursday, December 15, 2016 10:52:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “While the ANC plays these shady political games, it is the Nquthu Local Municipality and the Mzinyathi District Municipality that is left without political oversight. These municipalities and its citizens are left in limbo because there can be little or no forward planning for service delivery going into the new year. Surely the democratically elected councillors and those who elected them would like some kind of closure to this protracted deadlock. COGTA cannot go on hiding behind frivolous reasons and blaming councillors for not constituting the meeting. If security can be in place when there are elections throughout the province on one day, then why is it that security cannot be arranged for a meeting of a local municipality? We are convinced that this postponement is a political ploy that is being used by the ANC to achieve its agenda. We will not allow devious means to triumph over democratic processes” External link

ifp Tuesday, December 13, 2016 4:10:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : "It must also be investigated whether these prophets and pastors are hiring people to do abnormal things pretending it to be the acts of the prophecy or whether people are driven by desperation for survival which makes them seek miracles to change their lives," External link

allafrica Monday, December 12, 2016 3:11:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “It must also be investigated whether these prophets and pastors are hiring people to do abnormal things pretending it to be the acts of the prophecy or whether people are driven by desperation for survival which makes them seek miracles to change their lives,” External link

ifp Friday, December 9, 2016 7:54:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “The untimely death of Inkosi Mathonsi has caught us by surprise and it is a very big shock. We are deeply hurt and affected by the sudden departure of Inkosi Mathonsi. The IFP conveys its deepest condolences to the INdlunkulu, members of the family of Inkosi Mathonsi, His Majesty the King, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi (Traditional Prime Minister) to the Zulu monarch in both capacities as Prime Minster of the Zulu Nation and the President of the IFP. Our condolences is also extended to the Chairman of the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial House of Traditional Leaders, Inkosi Phathisizwe Chiliza, the Mathonsi clan and to all Amakhosi. We further wish that his daughter will fully recover from her injuries,” External link

ifp Thursday, December 8, 2016 4:58:00 AM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “We are grateful for the support that the IFP has received not only in KwaZulu-Natal. As from the 6th until the 13th of December 2016 I will be visiting different provinces like Free State, Limpopo, North West, parts of Gauteng and Mpumalanga Province, conducting an election post mortem, encouraging membership renewal and the setting up of IFP branches. On membership, we are saying we need to accelerate and roll-out what we are now putting in place in terms of increasing support and attracting new members,” External link

ifp Wednesday, December 7, 2016 4:36:00 AM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “Every day that the ANC remains in government more institutional damage is done, more corruption goes unchecked, the economy falters and unemployment grows. We must therefore aim to continue to grow our support and build a majority of South Africans that share our values and our vision. Where we govern municipalities and have councillors we must deliver and where we do not govern we must present a strong opposition and credible alternative policies,” External link

ifp Wednesday, December 7, 2016 4:36:00 AM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “Sign language as means of communication is being used by citizens who have no other choice. It will be extremely useful for all members of the public to have at least a basic understanding of sign language. We would like to see the teaching of sign language becoming part of the primary school curriculum. If children start learning sign language from a young age, it will become a part of their knowledge base which will be very useful as they grow. We have asked for this issue to be debated in the KZN Legislature because we feel very strongly about it. We were pleased when our motion received wide support in the House” External link

ifp Tuesday, December 6, 2016 4:07:00 AM EAT

Blessed Gwala said ( about Kwazulu Natal ) : “KwaZulu-Natal is a popular holiday destination for thousands of holiday makers who flock to our coastline during the festive season. We welcome this influx of tourists as it benefits our tourism industry and creates much-needed job. We accept that beaches and holiday resorts will become overcrowded so we urge revellers to be responsible in their behaviour. Very often people drown as a result of swimming in unsafe waters and swimming while being intoxicated. People must identify safe swimming spots along our coastline that are protected by shark nets and have lifeguards on duty. It is important that swimmers obey instructions from lifeguards who are there to ensure that people are safe. We urge parents and care givers to ensure that children are not left unattended as we know from past experience that children often get into difficulty in the water or get lost in the huge crowds,” External link

ifp Thursday, December 1, 2016 2:58:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “We are particularly concerned about children who play in rivers and dams without the supervision of any responsible adult. Not knowing the depth of the water and not knowing how to swim, these children are at risk of drowning. Very often water flow in rivers can be unpredictable as flash floods can occur with tragic consequences. Unnecessary heartache can be avoided if parents keep a watchful eye over children when they are in water. Since many rivers are polluted, people should be careful about where they swim in order to avoid infections. By taking simple precautions we can avoid tragedy and ensure that the festive season is enjoyed without any tragedy. Whilst we have very good emergency rescue services, they cannot be everywhere and we can assist them by behaving responsibly,” External link

ifp Thursday, December 1, 2016 2:58:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “We call on the KZN MEC of Community Safety and Liaison, Mxolisi Kaunda to urgently institute his own investigation into this matter. Furthermore, we call on the police to work tirelessly to look for these thugs. We cannot afford a sluggishresponse by the police when they have to investigate cases involving IFP supporters because they are seems to be active only if it is an ANC councillor or supporters involved,” External link

ifp Thursday, November 24, 2016 8:52:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “Enhanced cooperation is vital as progress in the fight against racism and intolerance is often the result of combined actions. We call on government to develop and implement a multi-year programme of activities to provide for a renewed and strengthened outreach to inform and mobilise people to eradicate the scourge of racism,” External link

ifp Friday, November 18, 2016 7:07:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “We need to work together and put aside differences of the past,” External link

newzimbabwe Wednesday, November 16, 2016 3:55:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “It is more important that leaders talk about peace, reconciliation and social cohesion than throw mud into what has been built,” “The IFP believes in peace and reconciliation. We must talk about what is called social cohesion because we need to create peace rather than cause divisions among racial groups,” External link

newzimbabwe Wednesday, November 16, 2016 3:55:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “We need to work together and put aside differences of the past,” External link

iol Tuesday, November 15, 2016 10:58:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “It is more important that leaders talk about peace, reconciliation and social cohesion than throw mud into what has been built,” “The IFP believes in peace and reconciliation. We must talk about what is called social cohesion because we need to create peace rather than cause divisions among racial groups,” External link

iol Tuesday, November 15, 2016 10:58:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “Who has become rich at the expense of the poor and why is it that the treasury is not interested in pursuing the recovery of this money?” External link

iol Monday, November 14, 2016 9:22:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said ( about Belinda Scott ) : “The IFP challenges MEC Scott to pay the legal fees from her personal account if she feels so strongly that treasury did the right thing by firing the whistle blower,” External link

iol Monday, November 14, 2016 9:22:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : "Any attack to our brothers and sisters in blue should be treated swiftly and with appropriate action. In these cases, the perpetrators must be arrested immediately and appear in court so that they are shown the full might of the law. Police officers are the only people who stand between the criminals and the ordinary people in society," External link

allafrica Wednesday, November 2, 2016 8:12:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : "The IFP demands that the KZN Provincial government must honour its promise made to the public and to the Meyiwa family that it will build a football academy," External link

allafrica Friday, October 28, 2016 6:10:00 AM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : "The IFP demands that the KZN Provincial government must honour its promise made to the public and to the Meyiwa family that it will build a football academy," External link

allafrica Thursday, October 27, 2016 7:17:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded ( about Nomusa Dube-Ncube ) : “Now we are told that MEC Dube-Ncube has implemented Section 139 (1) (b) of the Constitution of South Africa. This means that her Department will take over control of the Nquthu Municipality which will include all fiscal and financial management functions. This is in spite of a court ruling that the Nquthu Municipality should be constituted without any further delay. It is clear that Dube-Ncube is going all out to protect the business interests of the water service provider in uMzinyathi and in so doing she is denying the rights of the people of Nquthu and the entire district. It is shocking that business interests and cronyism takes precedence over service delivery and the will of the people. The voters have spoken through the ballot box but the ANC is using questionable means to corrupt councillors to support its hidden agenda. If Dube-Ncube has nothing to hide, she must reveal the name of the owner of the company that provides water services in the uMzinyathi District” External link

ifp Wednesday, October 19, 2016 7:01:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded ( about Nomusa Dube-Ncube ) : "Now we are told that MEC Dube-Ncube has implemented Section 139 (1) (b) of the Constitution of South Africa. This means that her Department will take over control of the Nquthu Municipality which will include all fiscal and financial management functions. This is in spite of a court ruling that the Nquthu Municipality should be constituted without any further delay. It is clear that Dube-Ncube is going all out to protect the business interests of the water service provider in uMzinyathi and in so doing she is denying the rights of the people of Nquthu and the entire district. It is shocking that business interests and cronyism takes precedence over service delivery and the will of the people. The voters have spoken through the ballot box but the ANC is using questionable means to corrupt councillors to support its hidden agenda. If Dube-Ncube has nothing to hide, she must reveal the name of the owner of the company that provides water services in the uMzinyathi District" External link

allafrica Wednesday, October 19, 2016 6:12:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “There are rumours that the councillor who took the matter to court and lost his case was being supported by some people who are opposed to the IFP taking over both municipalities. Once again we find that the ruling of a court of law is being sacrificed at the altar of political expediency. Such undue political interference can only be attributed to greed for undeserved power. It is typical of the ANC to use its political appointees to run roughshod over legislation that is place to ensure the smooth operation of government. The MEC is abusing her authority through undue interference. As a result of her actions she is depriving people of those municipalities of services and she is hindering forward planning and execution of projects. We cannot allow such highhanded political interference to deprive people of municipal services. The MEC is advised to abide by the ruling of the court and ensure that the Nquthu Municipality is duly constituted,” External link

ifp Friday, October 14, 2016 4:48:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “The IFP demands that the KZN Treasury must abide by the Public Protector’s findings and reinstate Ms Hlatshwayo-Rouget without any further delay,” External link

ifp Monday, October 10, 2016 6:29:00 AM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : "The IFP demands that the KZN Treasury must abide by the Public Protector's findings and reinstate Ms Hlatshwayo-Rouget without any further delay," External link

allafrica Thursday, October 6, 2016 3:01:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “People must be educated about the Protected Disclosures Act 26 of 2000, which protects employees who disclose information of unlawful or corrupt conduct by their employer and other employees from occupational detriment” External link

iol Thursday, October 6, 2016 2:21:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “People have been calling us from the time the adverts by the Department of Arts & Culture have been published because they recognise us as leaders in their community and as part of the government of KwaZulu-Natal. We have no information regarding how many busses have been hired, from where will these buses be coming, where are the pick-up points, what are the pick-up times and contact details for the co-ordinators in each area. I have tried contacting the MEC and officials of the Department of Arts & Culture but have not been successful in getting any information. This Department is being run like a spaza shop and this historic event is being treated like a Sunday school picnic. It is an insult to the Zulu Nation and to His Majesty the King. We call on the Department to provide proper details regarding the transport arrangements so that people will know how they will get to the event” External link

ifp Tuesday, September 20, 2016 5:31:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : "The co-operation arrangement that exists between the IFP, DA and the EFF was not formed by turncoats but agreed upon by leaders with integrity in order to ensure that municipal councils with good governance capabilities are put in place without delay in order to serve our people. There was no bribery involved, there was no money that changed hands. I wonder if Mlotshwa and the leadership of the NFP can say the same with regards to the formation of their party. Now that the NFP is crumbling around them, Mlotshwa seeks to point fingers at the IFP. Mlotshwa must know that like the elephant, the IFP has a very good memory and has not forgotten his corrupt activities. If his hands are clean then he should have attended the disciplinary hearing and cleared his name instead of going into hiding" External link

allafrica Friday, September 16, 2016 6:22:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “The co-operation arrangement that exists between the IFP, DA and the EFF was not formed by turncoats but agreed upon by leaders with integrity in order to ensure that municipal councils with good governance capabilities are put in place without delay in order to serve our people. There was no bribery involved, there was no money that changed hands. I wonder if Mlotshwa and the leadership of the NFP can say the same with regards to the formation of their party. Now that the NFP is crumbling around them, Mlotshwa seeks to point fingers at the IFP. Mlotshwa must know that like the elephant, the IFP has a very good memory and has not forgotten his corrupt activities. If his hands are clean then he should have attended the disciplinary hearing and cleared his name instead of going into hiding” External link

ifp Friday, September 16, 2016 3:03:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “In view of Premier Mchunu’s concerns, we as the IFP call for a skills audit in all government departments to that we can have a clear picture of the human resource capacity that exists at provincial and municipal levels. The lack of suitable skills is the reason for poor service delivery that is resulting in protest action in many areas. People in many municipalities are fed up with a lack of services or shoddy workmanship. Since many departments spend the bulk of their budgets on personnel costs, we would expect efficient service delivery but it is clear that many of those employed do not possess the requisite qualifications or skills. We also find it unacceptable that the position of the KZN Director General has been vacant for well over a year. This is a critical position that needs to be filled without any further delay. We find it difficult to accept that there is no suitable person in KwaZulu-Natal to occupy this important position” External link

ifp Thursday, September 15, 2016 2:32:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : "Once they are under administration there would be no investigation into shady deals involving some senior ANC leaders and their families," External link

businessday Wednesday, September 14, 2016 7:14:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : "Once they are under administration there would be no investigation into shady deals involving some senior ANC leaders and their families," External link

bdlive Wednesday, September 14, 2016 7:10:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : "Furthermore, we believe that government must play an expanded role by providing educational and awareness around the dangers associated with illegal mining especially in those arear where disused mines exist. Communities should be empowered with education awareness programs on mining activities and its effects. Although we call for a special summit we are also aware that people are hungry due to unemployment which makes them desperate in risking their lives in order to survive. Government must take the blame for its empty promises of creating decent jobs for people. If the ANC-led government was successful in creating jobs such incidents would have been prevented. One wonders how the ANC is expecting unemployed people to survive as it has failed to create decent jobs," External link

allafrica Tuesday, September 13, 2016 6:14:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “Furthermore, we believe that government must play an expanded role by providing educational and awareness around the dangers associated with illegal mining especially in those arear where disused mines exist. Communities should be empowered with education awareness programs on mining activities and its effects. Although we call for a special summit we are also aware that people are hungry due to unemployment which makes them desperate in risking their lives in order to survive. Government must take the blame for its empty promises of creating decent jobs for people. If the ANC-led government was successful in creating jobs such incidents would have been prevented. One wonders how the ANC is expecting unemployed people to survive as it has failed to create decent jobs,” External link

ifp Tuesday, September 13, 2016 5:09:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “It is our view that criminals can be defeated only if there is an increase in active visible policing. While we agree that there is a need for more police personnel, vehicles and other resources, these will not address the escalating crime levels if police personnel are sitting in air conditioned vehicles and offices. As the IFP we would like to see police personnel on the beat, walking around in shopping malls and in our communities. They should be talking to people on the streets in a friendly yet authoritative manner. Through such engagements they will be successful in building community confidence and getting information that will assist in combating crime before it happens. Gathering crime intelligence will go a long way towards preventing criminal activity and keeping our citizens safe” External link

ifp Thursday, September 8, 2016 8:16:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : "Criminals who are caught wearing and selling police uniforms must be severely dealt with. The indiscriminate wearing of police uniform by civilians is causing damage to the reputation of the police service. Unauthorised persons have taken advantage of the proliferation of imitation uniforms bearing close resemblance to the official police uniforms to falsely represent themselves as members of the SAPS. We call on the public to report such cases at their local police station. I will ask the MEC for a full briefing on criminality within the SAPS in the province, the issuing and control of uniforms, equipment and official police regalia, as well as information regarding their pro-active approach to combat crime within the police service," External link

allafrica Wednesday, September 7, 2016 7:01:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “Criminals who are caught wearing and selling police uniforms must be severely dealt with. The indiscriminate wearing of police uniform by civilians is causing damage to the reputation of the police service. Unauthorised persons have taken advantage of the proliferation of imitation uniforms bearing close resemblance to the official police uniforms to falsely represent themselves as members of the SAPS. We call on the public to report such cases at their local police station. I will ask the MEC for a full briefing on criminality within the SAPS in the province, the issuing and control of uniforms, equipment and official police regalia, as well as information regarding their pro-active approach to combat crime within the police service,” External link

ifp Wednesday, September 7, 2016 12:58:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : "The IFP is now convinced that the ANC in KZN, and MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube in particular, are on a well-planned and well-orchestrated campaign to subvert the will of the people just as they did in 2011 when they ganged up against us with the NFP" External link

allafrica Wednesday, September 7, 2016 12:49:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : "The IFP is now convinced that the ANC in KZN, and MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube in particular, are on a well-planned and well-orchestrated campaign to subvert the will of the people just as they did in 2011 when they ganged up against us with the NFP" External link

news24 Tuesday, September 6, 2016 7:39:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “But since the first meeting to elect the office bearers in Nquthu, ANC members have been acting in an unruly manner with the clear objective of ensuring that such a process does not take place. MEC Dube-Ncube has been aware of these ANC shenanigans; yet she has deliberately avoided to take decisive steps,” External link

enca Monday, September 5, 2016 11:18:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : "As a result of her actions she is depriving people of municipal services," External link

bdlive Friday, September 2, 2016 5:45:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “Media has a right to be at committee meetings. The meetings are open to the public,” External link

iol Wednesday, August 31, 2016 7:28:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “It means there is something they want to hide, and don’t want the communities to know about. It is not good for South Africa,” External link

iol Wednesday, August 31, 2016 7:28:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “As the IFP we will continue to be a sharp thorn in the side of the KZN Provincial Government in any matters of corruption and will demand answers so that our people must know what is happening there. We cannot just sit and relax while public funds were wasted for nothing. That money would have benefited many poor people instead of donating it to corrupt event organizers both locally and abroad,” External link

ifp Tuesday, August 30, 2016 6:54:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : "The number of councillors eligible to serve on executive committees is determined according to the number of votes each party gets. Therefore, by reducing the number of councillors for political expediency and not financial constraints only serves to undermine the will of the people. Voters have spoken through the ballot box for the IFP to have a certain number of seats in the Exco, but the ANC, seeking to dominate the Exco then abuses legislation to frustrate the opposition. We have noted that it never happens that the ANC reduces the Exco by removing one of its own councillors. It is always a councillor from an opposition party who is removed and most often it is an IFP councillor who falls victim to this abuse of power. By doing this the ANC is proving that it is not interested in service delivery but only interested in clinging on to power. We call on the IEC to look into this blatant abuse of the electorate process" External link

allafrica Monday, August 22, 2016 4:02:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “The number of councillors eligible to serve on executive committees is determined according to the number of votes each party gets. Therefore, by reducing the number of councillors for political expediency and not financial constraints only serves to undermine the will of the people. Voters have spoken through the ballot box for the IFP to have a certain number of seats in the Exco, but the ANC, seeking to dominate the Exco then abuses legislation to frustrate the opposition. We have noted that it never happens that the ANC reduces the Exco by removing one of its own councillors. It is always a councillor from an opposition party who is removed and most often it is an IFP councillor who falls victim to this abuse of power. By doing this the ANC is proving that it is not interested in service delivery but only interested in clinging on to power. We call on the IEC to look into this blatant abuse of the electorate process” External link

ifp Monday, August 22, 2016 11:53:00 AM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : "A government that will put the needs of the people first by eradicating poverty through the creation of sustainable jobs, attending to the housing backlogs by providing decent housing and making the provision of water and sanitation a reality," External link

bdlive Thursday, August 18, 2016 6:35:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “Any party that is in power would be wise to heed the advice and criticism coming from opposition parties and socio-political commentators. In the case of the ANC, arrogance on the part of its leadership prevented it from listening to advice and prioritising the welfare of the citizens of South Africa. It would appear that the ANC wanted people to be dependent on government in order for it to continue to make promises at election time. Keeping people poor and promoting a welfare state is not in the best interest of creating a stable society and growing the economy. Job creation through economic development is the answer to eradicating poverty and addressing inequality. The national budget should therefore prioritise economic emancipation in order to bring about social transformation that will benefit the majority of our people and not just a select few. Creating islands of wealth in a sea of poverty will have dreadful consequences” External link

ifp Monday, August 15, 2016 7:58:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala wrote ( about Commission ) : “We call on the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to ensure that there are consequences for those who don’t adhere to the electoral code of conduct. When acts of violence or intimidation take place, it’s a direct challenge to the IEC and police as perpetrators of such violence are testing the resolve of the IEC to ensure that there are free and fair elections” External link

pambazuka Thursday, August 11, 2016 4:09:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : "We are calling on people to respect political freedom and campaign in peaceful manner in order to uphold the basic principles of democracy. We call upon our members to continue to be disciplined," External link

allafrica Monday, August 1, 2016 6:07:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “We are calling on people to respect political freedom and campaign in peaceful manner in order to uphold the basic principles of democracy. We call upon our members to continue to be disciplined,” External link

ifp Monday, August 1, 2016 2:42:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : "It is clear to us that Big NUZ has been captured by provincial government departments and the eThekwini Municipality to perform at their events. In this way tax payer's money is abused for party political purposes. As a political watchdog, the IFP will monitor how many government contracts Big NUZ gets as opposed to other artists. The public purse should never be plundered to benefit a few at the expense of many other talented artists. It is clear that the group was pressurized politically to pull out of the IFP event after our advert was published. Artists who align themselves politically will destroy their careers. This is one of the reasons that our artists are unable to successfully grow their careers. They must realize that it is not government departments that buy their music, it is the masses of people who belong to all political parties who support them. It is therefore not in the best interest of artists to bow to political pressure after agreeing to a contract and receiving full payment only to pull out after the event is advertised. Big NUZ must remember that there are thousands of IFP members who support them and if Big NUZ continues to conduct themselves in this manner, we will consider calling upon our members to stop supporting Big NUZ in the future" External link

allafrica Friday, July 29, 2016 6:53:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “It is clear to us that Big NUZ has been captured by provincial government departments and the eThekwini Municipality to perform at their events. In this way tax payer’s money is abused for party political purposes. As a political watchdog, the IFP will monitor how many government contracts Big NUZ gets as opposed to other artists. The public purse should never be plundered to benefit a few at the expense of many other talented artists. It is clear that the group was pressurized politically to pull out of the IFP event after our advert was published. Artists who align themselves politically will destroy their careers. This is one of the reasons that our artists are unable to successfully grow their careers. They must realize that it is not government departments that buy their music, it is the masses of people who belong to all political parties who support them. It is therefore not in the best interest of artists to bow to political pressure after agreeing to a contract and receiving full payment only to pull out after the event is advertised. Big NUZ must remember that there are thousands of IFP members who support them and if Big NUZ continues to conduct themselves in this manner, we will consider calling upon our members to stop supporting Big NUZ in the future” External link

ifp Friday, July 29, 2016 4:10:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “The ANC government has failed the people who have put them in power. How long do people have to wait before they get proper houses, how many more people have to die before government reacts positively to their plight? We are now convinced that it is the ANC led government’s strategy not to provide shack dwellers with houses so that it can keep on promising them houses whenever there is elections in order to get votes. The ANC is benefitting from the suffering of people who live in squalor,” External link

ifp Wednesday, July 27, 2016 9:20:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : "We call on the IEC to act on an election pledge to stamp out this scourge of killings and intimidation. Unless it sends a strong message some people will think that political intolerance is acceptable behaviour. Unless we speak out against these senseless killing, nothing will change and innocent people will continue to die," External link

allafrica Tuesday, July 26, 2016 12:38:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : "We appeal to the law enforcement agencies to investigate this incident speedily and bring to book those responsible for it to set an example to those whose actions are directed against our democratic order in general and free and fair elections in particular," External link

allafrica Monday, July 25, 2016 5:34:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “We call on the IEC to act on an election pledge to stamp out this scourge of killings and intimidation. Unless it sends a strong message some people will think that political intolerance is acceptable behaviour. Unless we speak out against these senseless killing, nothing will change and innocent people will continue to die,” External link

ifp Monday, July 25, 2016 5:16:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “We appeal to the law enforcement agencies to investigate this incident speedily and bring to book those responsible for it to set an example to those whose actions are directed against our democratic order in general and free and fair elections in particular,” External link

ifp Monday, July 25, 2016 2:00:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “I was also informed that one leader of a certain political party drove through our volunteers and injured one of them with his car and he drove away. What makes us angry is that the police did not open [a] case of attempted murder and hit-and-run, but they only opened a case of reckless driving. This is ridiculous. Action must be taken against these police officers,” External link

iol Sunday, July 24, 2016 2:31:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “We therefore encourage the residents living in Lenyenye to vote for change in the upcoming local government elections by voting for the IFP.I therefore, urge all Limpopo residents to come in their numbers on Saturday to listen to our leader Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi who will be delivering our well informed Local government manifesto,” External link

ifp Wednesday, July 20, 2016 5:59:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : "We want to see people go out in their numbers on 03 August and cast their votes for the candidate of their choice without any fear. This cannot happen when such killings and violence continues. Opposition parties on their campaign trails have complained numerous times about intimidation by ANC members but this continues unabated. All parties have signed pledges with the IEC to conduct themselves in a responsible manner but it appears that it was just ink on paper and the message does not go to party supporters. We convey our condolences to the family and friends of Bongani Skhosana and Khanyisile Ngobese as well as to the ANC. We make an earnest appeal to all our citizens to refrain from any acts of violence and to assist the police with information that will lead to the arrest of the cold-blooded killers who are threatening our democracy," External link

allafrica Wednesday, July 20, 2016 2:10:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “We want to see people go out in their numbers on 03 August and cast their votes for the candidate of their choice without any fear. This cannot happen when such killings and violence continues. Opposition parties on their campaign trails have complained numerous times about intimidation by ANC members but this continues unabated. All parties have signed pledges with the IEC to conduct themselves in a responsible manner but it appears that it was just ink on paper and the message does not go to party supporters. We convey our condolences to the family and friends of Bongani Skhosana and Khanyisile Ngobese as well as to the ANC. We make an earnest appeal to all our citizens to refrain from any acts of violence and to assist the police with information that will lead to the arrest of the cold-blooded killers who are threatening our democracy,” External link

ifp Tuesday, July 19, 2016 5:20:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : "It is becoming a habit in South Africa to create a day or month to focus on a particular event or social issue which we mark in our national calendar. It is imperative that we do all we can to ensure that Mandela Day does not become part of the mark-a-month syndrome at the outset. We cannot eradicate poverty and social inequality on a 67 minutes but this must be done every day," External link

allafrica Tuesday, July 19, 2016 2:14:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “It is becoming a habit in South Africa to create a day or month to focus on a particular event or social issue which we mark in our national calendar. It is imperative that we do all we can to ensure that Mandela Day does not become part of the mark-a-month syndrome at the outset. We cannot eradicate poverty and social inequality on a 67 minutes but this must be done every day,” External link

ifp Tuesday, July 19, 2016 10:55:00 AM EAT

Blessed Gwala said ( about Saida Harrigan ) : "It is shocking to see that our international airport terminals are awash with advertising that seeks to promote the ANC ahead of the local government elections. We understand that the Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) is legally and financially autonomous and operates under commercial law, but it is majority owned by the South African Government, and as such should not show preference to any one particular political party. From a commercial point of view we know that ACSA derives some of its revenue through advertising. If ACSA was making advertising space within airports available to political parties, then it should have been advertised openly so that all political parties would have equal opportunity to purchase advertising space. It now appears that the ANC has been given preferential treatment by ACSA and this is unacceptable. We therefore question the advertising policy of ACSA and demand to know why the ANC has been given preference to advertise at the airports" External link

allafrica Tuesday, July 12, 2016 5:28:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded ( about Saida Harrigan ) : "The Airports Company of South Africa is a National Government Entity and therefore should not be partisan or seen to be giving preference to any political party. If ACSA is truly committed to promoting democracy, it should have made equal space available to all political parties thereby giving credibility to the entity. We will be writing to the CEO of ACSA to explain to the nation its advertising policy and its decision to turn its international terminals into ANC propaganda arenas" External link

allafrica Tuesday, July 12, 2016 5:28:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said ( about Saida Harrigan ) : “It is shocking to see that our international airport terminals are awash with advertising that seeks to promote the ANC ahead of the local government elections. We understand that the Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) is legally and financially autonomous and operates under commercial law, but it is majority owned by the South African Government, and as such should not show preference to any one particular political party. From a commercial point of view we know that ACSA derives some of its revenue through advertising. If ACSA was making advertising space within airports available to political parties, then it should have been advertised openly so that all political parties would have equal opportunity to purchase advertising space. It now appears that the ANC has been given preferential treatment by ACSA and this is unacceptable. We therefore question the advertising policy of ACSA and demand to know why the ANC has been given preference to advertise at the airports” External link

ifp Tuesday, July 12, 2016 9:42:00 AM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded ( about Saida Harrigan ) : “The Airports Company of South Africa is a National Government Entity and therefore should not be partisan or seen to be giving preference to any political party. If ACSA is truly committed to promoting democracy, it should have made equal space available to all political parties thereby giving credibility to the entity. We will be writing to the CEO of ACSA to explain to the nation its advertising policy and its decision to turn its international terminals into ANC propaganda arenas” External link

ifp Tuesday, July 12, 2016 9:42:00 AM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : "We are truly saddened by the news that Mr Mkhwanazi has passed away. As a businessman Mr Mkhwanazi was an advocate for Black Economic Empowerment. Apart from his involvement in the KwaZulu-Natal Growth Coalition, he also ran the Black Black Management Forum. His vision and fortitude made him a giant in the business community. His brand of leadership during these economic times will be sorely missed. We convey our heartfelt sympathies to the Mkhwanazi Family and friends" External link

allafrica Monday, July 4, 2016 12:07:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “We are truly saddened by the news that Mr Mkhwanazi has passed away. As a businessman Mr Mkhwanazi was an advocate for Black Economic Empowerment. Apart from his involvement in the KwaZulu-Natal Growth Coalition, he also ran the Black Black Management Forum. His vision and fortitude made him a giant in the business community. His brand of leadership during these economic times will be sorely missed. We convey our heartfelt sympathies to the Mkhwanazi Family and friends” External link

ifp Sunday, July 3, 2016 2:22:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : "We are deeply saddened that a young man has lost his life just by being at the wrong place at the wrong time. The IFP extends heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the late Mr Masondo. We encourage the people of Nongoma not to be deterred by such criminal acts and to protect our democracy from those who seek to destroy it. As law abiding citizens we must never bow down to criminals or give in to intimidation. We welcome the Task Team that has been set up by the Acting Police Commissioner in KZN, General Langa to investigate this incident and the killing of Mr Alson Mzwakhe Nkosi and others at Abaqulusi. We are hopeful that the Task Team will identify the killers and put an end to any further such attacks" External link

allafrica Tuesday, June 28, 2016 3:49:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “We are deeply saddened that a young man has lost his life just by being at the wrong place at the wrong time. The IFP extends heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the late Mr Masondo. We encourage the people of Nongoma not to be deterred by such criminal acts and to protect our democracy from those who seek to destroy it. As law abiding citizens we must never bow down to criminals or give in to intimidation. We welcome the Task Team that has been set up by the Acting Police Commissioner in KZN, General Langa to investigate this incident and the killing of Mr Alson Mzwakhe Nkosi and others at Abaqulusi. We are hopeful that the Task Team will identify the killers and put an end to any further such attacks” External link

ifp Tuesday, June 28, 2016 3:27:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “The vast majority of South Africans and operators of our tourism establishments uphold the constitutional right of every person to have dignity and freedom, and for that dignity and freedom to be respected and protected at all times, but some forms of racism are still being practised by a small minority of people. These actions do not belong in a democratic society which is driven by the values of equality,” External link

ifp Thursday, June 23, 2016 6:46:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : "We demand that the ANC must call an urgent meeting with the affected people to stop this chaos. Many people have been affected by this protest even those who are not part of the disgruntled ANC membership," External link

allafrica Wednesday, June 22, 2016 11:52:00 AM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “Although this is an internal ANC matter we cannot allow a situation where people will be seen burning state and private property and then claiming that they are doing it to vent their frustrations about internal party matters” External link

iol Tuesday, June 21, 2016 7:32:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “We demand that the ANC must call an urgent meeting with the affected people to stop this chaos. Many people have been affected by this protest even those who are not part of the disgruntled ANC membership,” External link

ifp Tuesday, June 21, 2016 6:31:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “When members of the IFP were being killed over the years and we urged the previous premiers to intervene but we did not receive co-operation. There is a Multi-Party Committee that was set up to address violence in the province and it is this committee that should be seized with addressing the violence no matter where it emanates from. If the ANC wants to investigate its own internal conflicts, it should not be using state resources to do so. Police personnel and other resources will surely be used since the Task Team involves the Premier and the MEC for Community Safety & Liaison, Mxolisi Kaunda. This is a blatant abuse of state resources. The provincial government must treat all citizens of the province with equal respect and not prioritise any one group above another” External link

ifp Tuesday, June 21, 2016 6:31:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “We condemn this brutal killing of our member in the strongest possible terms. We do not know the motive for the killing as yet and we demand that Task Team that has been set up by Premier Willies Mchunu to investigate the killing of ANC members, must also investigate the killing of Mr Alson Nkosi” External link

iol Monday, June 20, 2016 1:40:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “We express our heartfelt condolences to KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Willies Mchunu on the passing away of his father after a period of illness. We are aware that between April this year and today, Premier Mchunu has faced the heartrending reality of death so close to his family. We were saddened to hear of the untimely passing away of his dear wife in April, then the sad passing away of his mother in May and now Premier Mchunu has to bid his final farewell to his dear father. The past few months have indeed been a very trying and emotionally difficult period for the Mchunu Family and we pray for God Almighty to provide comfort to them during these dark days. It is only through prayer and faith in our Creator that the Mchunu Family will be carried through this period of mourning. We extend our condolences to the Mchunu Family and to the African National Congress” External link

ifp Friday, June 17, 2016 3:05:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : "The IFP believes that it would be vital that all political parties are involved in this task team if we wish to achieve success. We don't condone any killings because the loss of life is not acceptable," External link

allafrica Wednesday, June 15, 2016 12:48:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “The IFP believes that it would be vital that all political parties are involved in this task team if we wish to achieve success. We don’t condone any killings because the loss of life is not acceptable,” External link

ifp Tuesday, June 14, 2016 2:16:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said ( about Willies Mchunu ) : "We are saddened to hear of the sad passing away of the mother of Premier Willies Mchunu. It is indeed a very trying and emotionally difficult time for the Mchunu Family. We are mindful that Premier Mchunu had recently lost his beloved wife and that his elderly father is extremely ill in the ICU. While death is beyond our control and illness can take its toll on anyone, we pray that the Premier and his family will be comforted through prayer. We extend our condolences to the Mchunu Family and to the African National Congress" External link

allafrica Wednesday, June 1, 2016 2:05:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said ( about Willies Mchunu ) : “We are saddened to hear of the sad passing away of the mother of Premier Willies Mchunu. It is indeed a very trying and emotionally difficult time for the Mchunu Family. We are mindful that Premier Mchunu had recently lost his beloved wife and that his elderly father is extremely ill in the ICU. While death is beyond our control and illness can take its toll on anyone, we pray that the Premier and his family will be comforted through prayer. We extend our condolences to the Mchunu Family and to the African National Congress” External link

ifp Tuesday, May 31, 2016 7:24:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “Urgent interventions in relation to the conditions that bedevil the efficient and effective functioning and service delivery of municipalities are crucial. The IFP believes that the solution to the problem does not lie in the policing unit but much rather in speedy solutions to the socio-economic conditions that prevail in many communities,” External link

ifp Wednesday, May 25, 2016 11:07:00 AM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “As politicians we do understand that when there are two centres of power in a province, there will be tensions. So we accept that there might be a need to re-shuffle the cabinet as a normal political process which could be a consequence of the incumbent premier not being the chairman of his party in the province. One needs to remember that when such a re-shuffle occurs, there is a ripple effect that will impact on provincial and departmental policies as well as staff who are employed in the affected departments. Political uncertainty can also have negative economic implications. Therefore we hope the process is managed in the interest of the province as a whole” External link

ifp Monday, May 23, 2016 2:16:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : "In spite of this suspension we still demand to know on what grounds and with what justification was Ngobeni's contract renewed when it expired last year. There was a cloud hanging over her head for a long time and we as the IFP have been calling for her to be investigated. Our wisdom was ignored in the past but our calls have now been justified. We hope that a suitable person will now be appointed to lead the crime fighters in our province. The next person to be appointed must be an experienced and competent police officer and not a cadre deployed to do the work of the ruling party" External link

allafrica Friday, May 20, 2016 4:01:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “In spite of this suspension we still demand to know on what grounds and with what justification was Ngobeni’s contract renewed when it expired last year. There was a cloud hanging over her head for a long time and we as the IFP have been calling for her to be investigated. Our wisdom was ignored in the past but our calls have now been justified. We hope that a suitable person will now be appointed to lead the crime fighters in our province. The next person to be appointed must be an experienced and competent police officer and not a cadre deployed to do the work of the ruling party” External link

ifp Friday, May 20, 2016 1:19:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said ( about Royal Bafokeng ) : “The IFP believes the disestablishment of the Department of the Royal Household is a political decision - not only to frustrate the IFP, but to support republicans who would never be in favour of the kingdom. Also the department was not established by the current administration,” External link

iol Friday, March 20, 2015 3:16:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “It does not make sense for the king to be taken care of separately from his queens and children,” External link

iol Friday, March 20, 2015 3:16:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “Our members held a very successful branch inauguration, and as people were leaving the venue, shots were fired by an unknown person,” External link

iol Monday, March 9, 2015 5:56:00 AM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : "Our members held a very successful branch inauguration, and as people were leaving the venue, shots were fired by an unknown person," External link

thenewage Monday, March 9, 2015 1:21:00 AM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “We always invite artists to perform at our rallies, but they never dress in our colours or talk politics,” External link

iol Thursday, February 5, 2015 1:01:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “Mhere was a talented young presenter who won the hearts of all those who watched him on Top Billing and other shows. His passing will leave a void in the SABC that will be difficult to fill,” External link

iol Saturday, January 31, 2015 7:12:00 PM EAT



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Blessed Gwala said : “While it (the city) is under administration they must identify a suitable person to take over as the mayor for the last few months since we are heading for the local government elections,” External link

iol Wednesday, August 14, 2019 11:46:00 AM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “We call on the police to apply the same energy used in arresting journalists in fighting criminals who are terrorising and killing people,” External link

citizen Thursday, July 11, 2019 6:38:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said ( about Metro Police ) : “Police officers are a crucial part of the justice machinery and unfortunately at present, an abusive part. Indeed, there is a responsibility on the government to protect its citizens and to do otherwise is to abdicate the legitimate expectations of its citizens,” “The only way to change that is to ensure that the police’s actions are investigated and that those responsible for any abuses are held to account” External link

citizen Thursday, July 11, 2019 6:38:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “long campaign of propaganda and vilification promoted by the ANC” External link

citizen Saturday, May 4, 2019 7:35:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “We therefore, demand that Minister Bheki Cele must tell us whether Huhudi police officers have been instructed not to investigate cases involving ANC members in North West. He must institute his own investigation into why the police have failed to arrest ANC members that attacked IFP members. As the IFP we believe that all cases must be prioritised irrespective of political affiliation. Rather, it is an opportunity for the SAPS to act with professionalism, neutrality, and respect for the individuals they are constitutionally tasked to protect,” “We have [also] reported this matter to the IEC [Electoral Commission of South Africa] so that action must be taken against the ANC. This is indicative that the ANC is afraid if it sees that the IFP’s support is growing in North West,” External link

citizen Saturday, May 4, 2019 7:35:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : "We therefore, demand that Minister Bheki Cele must tell us whether Huhudi police officers have been instructed not to investigate cases involving ANC members in North West. He must institute his own investigation into why the police have failed to arrest ANC members that attacked IFP members. As the IFP we believe that all cases must be prioritised irrespective of political affiliation. Rather, it is an opportunity for the SAPS to act with professionalism, neutrality, and respect for the individuals they are constitutionally tasked to protect," "We have [also] reported this matter to the IEC [Electoral Commission of South Africa] so that action must be taken against the ANC. This is indicative that the ANC is afraid if it sees that the IFP’s support is growing in North West," External link

iol Saturday, May 4, 2019 1:19:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “The province is increasingly becoming a [haven] for gun-toting assassins. Our communities do not feel safe anymore due to these random killings carried out by these trigger-happy criminals who know that the law is weak and that they will get away with their actions,” External link

citizen Saturday, April 27, 2019 3:18:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Nzuza family, friends, and colleagues of the fallen councillor during this difficult time,” External link

citizen Saturday, April 27, 2019 3:18:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “No one has ever reported that there are divisions in our Vryheid structures and that makes it difficult for me to answer you in a manner that will satisfy you. Maybe that is being discussed in corridors somewhere but it has not reached us,” External link

iol Tuesday, April 23, 2019 6:23:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “his own comrades, who are on a campaign trail of embezzling public funds under the guise of his Thuma Mina election campaign” External link

dailymaverick Friday, January 11, 2019 5:37:00 AM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “The focus should also be about educating children and the youth about crime prevention measures. By putting more focus on education and early childhood development measures, children will hopefully be less interested and prone to committing crimes as they get older. A focus on education helps provide a more permanent solution to this problem, as the mentality of the potential perpetrator of such crimes has completely shifted due to their education and upbringing. Finally, in order to gain community support for crime prevention and youth focused initiatives, it will be important to establish monitoring systems which provide data to guide decision making about new programmes and initiatives, and to report on outcomes achieved. Without this type of approach, the community will continue to be alarmed about the behaviour of South African youth and remain misled as to the extent of the problem,” External link

ifp Friday, October 27, 2017 1:21:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded ( about Kwazulu Natal ) : “KwaZulu-Natal must adopt a new mental paradigm and go in search of effective measures to eradicate violent crime, specifically murder, from the society. One obvious benefit to taking such a radical approach is that it will impose a sense of urgency in addressing the problem. In KwaZulu-Natal, we don’t just have crime, we have a crime epidemic. Lastly, as the IFP we want concerted efforts from all quarters to eradicate the menace of alcohol and drugs abuse as it was found to be a generator of violent crime in the country and in KZN. We need the involvement of various government agencies and the local community including non-governmental organisations (NGOs). We wish to emphasise community empowerment, building capacity and knowledge to fight the drug menace,” External link

ifp Thursday, October 26, 2017 12:36:00 AM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “We have a Crime Intelligence Unit in the province and it is up to this unit to be on the ground gathering information that will, in the first instance prevent such atrocities taking place and secondly, arresting those who are behind them. There is also the Provincial Organised Crime Task Team that is place to investigate such incidents but the killings go on unabated. It is evident that the police are losing the battle to curb crime in our province. The National Police Minister needs to step in and take charge of this situation. Our province cannot be held hostage by criminals and murderers. We have many good police personnel within the ranks of SAPS and they must be given the necessary support to do their work to restore law and order in KwaZulu-Natal. We send our condolences to the families and friends of those who have been killed in Nteke,” External link

ifp Friday, October 6, 2017 11:54:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “We re-iterate our call for a thorough investigation to end the scourge of illegal guns which are alleged to be used in these senseless killings. The constant reports of gun-related crimes and violence in this country calls for urgent action. I urge police management to be creative and do something tangible to get illegal guns off the streets. As the IFP we urge the police to work around the clock to apprehend the killers of the Sibiya family members. We send our heartfelt condolences to the family of the deceased and the Umvoti community,” External link

ifp Wednesday, October 4, 2017 7:37:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded ( about Blessed Gwala ) : “Xolani Gwala is a household name and his incisive take on topical issues has earned him the respect of listeners in many parts of the country. He is blessed with a sharp mind that keeps him on the cutting edge of media in South Africa. We are confident that with support from his family, friends and with appropriate medical care he will enjoy good health again. Our prayers are with him for a full recovery,” External link

ifp Friday, September 29, 2017 3:48:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “Furthermore, we demand that the investigation must also be conducted into reports that KZN Legislature jackets were recently sold at the KZN Youth Parliament and Women’s Parliament which were delivered in a vehicle branded with the ANC Youth League’s logo,” External link

ifp Friday, September 29, 2017 3:48:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “It must further be investigated whether the tavern in question is operating legally and why it is allowed to operate 24hrs. Above that we call for severe punishment for anyone found in possession of human remains. We must put an end to the scourge of cannibalism that has shocked the nation,” External link

ifp Monday, September 4, 2017 8:15:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said ( about Sipho Nkosi ) : “Sipho Nkosi, as Chairperson of the Finance Portfolio Committee must have been aware of the media briefing that we as the IFP held in November 2016 where we presented various serious allegations of fraud and corruption at the KZN Treasury. Many media houses were present and reported on our concerns. Therefore, we now find it strange that Nkosi will now consider it strange that President Zuma has called for another investigation. We agree with Nkosi when he questions the outcome of the 2015 investigation and the whereabouts of the report. We have been asking the same question for about two years now, but neither Nkosi nor MEC Belinda Scott saw it fit to find out what has happened to that report. We are of the view that Nkosi and Scott were hopping that the matter will just fade away since we expressed the view that Scott was protecting the white cabal that is operating within the KZN Treasury,” External link

ifp Friday, September 1, 2017 3:00:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “It is true that the office of Auditor General, Kimi Makwetu had given the provincial treasury clean audit reports in the past, but it must be remembered that the AG’s Office can only comment on documents and accounts that are presented for audit. The AG’s Office will not be made aware of the contracts that are given to persons who are well-connected to senior staff within Treasury or any other underhanded activities that are going on. In the past we have suggested that the AG’s Office amend its audit processes so that invoices can be more closely scrutinised to ensure that what was ordered was in keeping with what was supplied. At the IFP media briefing we expose some of those serious irregularities in the hope that MEC Scott will take us seriously and herself call for an investigation. As the IFP we are hopeful that MEC Scott and Sipho Nkosi will co-operate with the investigation since it has been called for by their boss. We also call upon them to find the whereabouts of the 2015 SIU investigation report and make it available to the Finance Portfolio Committee and the public at large,” External link

ifp Friday, September 1, 2017 3:00:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “We believe that special consideration should be given to occupational stress in the police service because the police fulfil an essential role in society and stress potentially undermines the effectiveness and efficiency of the service. Police officers working in a stressful environment may constitute a threat to themselves, their colleagues, and to the public at large. The IFP challenges the SAPS authorities to provide a detailed plan to prevent suicide among its members which must include the early detection of suicidal behaviour,” External link

ifp Wednesday, August 30, 2017 4:46:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “It must be remembered that our call for an investigation forced the KZN Premier to intervene and he overruled the MEC of Finance who threatened to take the report of the former public protector, Thuli Madonsela on judicial review, but after that nothing has happened at provincial level to investigate the goings on at the Treasury. We welcome President Zuma’s call for an investigation but urge the President to ensure that an investigation does indeed take place and a report is made public without delay. We say this because in 2015 President Zuma had called for an investigation about the spending of tax payers’ money on projects like the International North Sea Jazz Festival, Commemoration of Prisoners of War-St Helena event and KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board. Millions of rand were paid to the organisers but some of the projects never took place and money was not recovered. To this day, we have not seen the outcome of that investigation. If the President is serious about exposing and eradicating corruption, he must follow through and ensure that the public is made aware of the outcome of the investigations. The IFP will be following this issue very closely” External link

ifp Monday, August 28, 2017 12:18:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “We call on the police to thoroughly investigate whether this taxi was roadworthy or not. If it was not the owner must be held accountable for his negligence. We must not allow our people to be transported on moving coffins. Unroadworthy vehicles must be eradicated from our roads. We also encourage people to ensure that they hire roadworthy vehicles for their trips. Before they make any form of payment they must demand a recent roadworthy certificate and enquire about the competence of the driver,” External link

ifp Monday, August 21, 2017 8:37:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “The eDumbe municipality is dysfunctional since the budget has not been approved to date. The ANC councillors are objecting to discussions around the deficit that occurred in this municipality under the previous leadership. The MEC must rise above politics and use her Constitutional powers to intervene in this municipality.We need to always put the interests of the people first,” External link

ifp Monday, August 21, 2017 11:10:00 AM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “IPID has a critical role to play in the fight against crime. Therefore it is disconcerting to learn about the number of serious cases that are closed and filed away just because investigators need to meet targets in terms of cases closed. By closing hundreds of unresolved cases without proper investigation, IPID is allowing criminals to walk free to commit more criminal acts. IPID investigators have a duty to the nation to act in an ethical manner and ensure that victims of crime find closure and that the perpetrators of crime face the full might of the law. We cannot allow a situation where crime fighting institutions become lame ducks through corruption and inefficiency. The question now is : Who investigates those within IPID who are alleged to be corrupt?” External link

ifp Friday, August 18, 2017 12:18:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded ( about Mxolisi Kaunda ) : “We call upon Amakhosi, Izinduna and councillors to urgently call an imbizo to prevent the spread of this violence. We cannot allow this situation to run out of hand. We must stop the bloodshed urgently. Furthermore, even the KZN MEC of Education, Mthandeni Dlungwane and the MEC for Community Safety and Liaison, Mxolisi Kaunda must intervene in this matter without any further delay,” External link

ifp Sunday, August 13, 2017 2:52:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said ( about Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma ) : “The rally was used to campaign for Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. This is very unbecoming for a leader of the Premier’s stature,” External link

iol Thursday, August 10, 2017 7:26:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded ( about Team ) : “These allegations are very serious since they implicate senior officials within the Premier’s Department. If the Premier is serious about good governance, we urge him to follow through on the recommendation in the forensic report and open a case of fraud and corruption with the SAPS Anti-Corruption Task Team. We are aware of the names of the officials who are alleged to be involved and encourage them and other officials in the Office of the Premier to co-operate with the investigations. Corruption has become a cancer that is depriving our people of funds that are meant to improve their lives. Anyone who is guilty of the theft of public funds must face the full might of the law,” External link

ifp Thursday, August 10, 2017 1:01:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “While we welcome this announcement by Premier Willies Mchunu we must raise our concern with regard to the dark cloud that hang over the head of Dr Mkhize. We are aware that when she was the DG in Mpumalanga she had authorised memorial services for former President Mandela in 2013 which cost the province R70 million. After National Treasury filed the complaint with regard to a violation of procurement procedures, the Hawks began an investigation. We would also like to know why Dr Mkhize left Mpumalanga Province before her contract could end and while Premier David Mabuza was on sick leave. It would appear that Dr Mkhize arrives in KwaZulu-Natal with many unanswered questions surrounding her tenure as a Director General in Mpumalanga,” External link

ifp Tuesday, August 1, 2017 6:21:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded ( about Thuli Madonsela ) : “The discrepancies around the contract to organise the memorial services that was awarded to Carol Bouwer Productions was also reported to the office of the then Public Protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela. We call on the Hawks and the Public Protector’s office to expedite the investigations and release a report before KZN falls prey to even more unauthorised and irregular expenditures,” External link

ifp Tuesday, August 1, 2017 6:21:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said ( about Sihle Zikalala ) : "We will go to the polls kicking and screaming and we will contest the elections since we have no other option. I am surprised that the ANC chose to ignore the letter I wrote to the ANC provincial chairperson‚ Mr Sihle Zikalala wherein I suggested that we meet in a five-a-side to discuss the impasse and find a more reasonable solution‚" External link

thetimes-za Tuesday, February 14, 2017 9:17:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said ( about Blessed Gwala ) : “For over five months the Nqutu Municipality has been without a properly elected council‚" said an angry Gwala. He said the meeting proceeded well with Mkhize officiating until the name of the IFP mayoral candidate was proposed and seconded. "At this point‚ Mr Lucky Moloi who we believe is the ANC mayoral candidate questioned why Mr Zamo Mkhize was running the election and not COGTA. Then ANC members from Pietermaritzburg barged into the hall singing and chanting ANC slogans. Their actions disrupted the entire process‚” External link

thetimes-za Tuesday, February 7, 2017 8:17:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “It is unacceptable that people are indiscriminately killed while going about their daily lives. This must stop immediately before there is any more loss of innocent lives. These two killings come so soon after the brutal assassination of Inkosi Linda Mathonsi. I have made a request for the police to offer a reward to anyone who has information that will lead to the arrest and conviction these killers. We cannot go on living in an environment where such lawlessness prevails and innocent citizens become random targets for killers who go unpunished. I will lead a delegation of IFP leaders including the leadership from Umhlautze to visit both families tomorrow at 12 noon,” External link

ifp Tuesday, December 20, 2016 10:50:00 AM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “You cannot make remarks contrary to the Constitution and offend South African society. Condemnation against this kind of behaviour is not enough, but such rotten elements must be arrested and prosecuted. We must not allow people to be treated in such a manner in a democratic country by self-centered racists. South Africa is a glass house that must be guarded and protected against such practices,” External link

enca Friday, December 16, 2016 8:49:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “You cannot make remarks contrary to the Constitution and offend South African society. Condemnation against this kind of behaviour is not enough, but such rotten elements must be arrested and prosecuted. We must not allow people to be treated in such a manner in a democratic country by self-centered racists. South Africa is a glass house that must be guarded and protected against such practices,” External link

iol Friday, December 16, 2016 12:15:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “As the IFP we condemn the persistence and resurgence of violent ideologies based on racial or national prejudice. We also condemn political platforms and organizations based on racism; xenophobia or doctrines of racial superiority and related discrimination. Such attitudes are incompatible with democracy and freedom,” External link

ifp Thursday, December 15, 2016 10:52:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “We do not wish to see a return to a state of lawlessness which saw the loss of thousands of mostly innocent lives in the past. There are a few trigger-happy and stubborn elements which are responsible for the instability in the taxi industry and these individuals must be isolated. We must make a difference between ‘chance-takers’, the so-called izinkabi or hitmen and those who are earning a legitimate living by driving taxis. Taxi owners must never allow bad elements to destroy their business which is legitimate. We cannot afford to have the taxi industry being wrecked by so much havoc, and thus the need to engage everyone involved and make sure we stabilise the taxi industry in the best interests of commuters and the people of KwaSwayimane,” External link

ifp Thursday, December 15, 2016 10:52:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “While the ANC plays these shady political games, it is the Nquthu Local Municipality and the Mzinyathi District Municipality that is left without political oversight. These municipalities and its citizens are left in limbo because there can be little or no forward planning for service delivery going into the new year. Surely the democratically elected councillors and those who elected them would like some kind of closure to this protracted deadlock. COGTA cannot go on hiding behind frivolous reasons and blaming councillors for not constituting the meeting. If security can be in place when there are elections throughout the province on one day, then why is it that security cannot be arranged for a meeting of a local municipality? We are convinced that this postponement is a political ploy that is being used by the ANC to achieve its agenda. We will not allow devious means to triumph over democratic processes” External link

ifp Tuesday, December 13, 2016 4:10:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : "It must also be investigated whether these prophets and pastors are hiring people to do abnormal things pretending it to be the acts of the prophecy or whether people are driven by desperation for survival which makes them seek miracles to change their lives," External link

allafrica Monday, December 12, 2016 3:11:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “It must also be investigated whether these prophets and pastors are hiring people to do abnormal things pretending it to be the acts of the prophecy or whether people are driven by desperation for survival which makes them seek miracles to change their lives,” External link

ifp Friday, December 9, 2016 7:54:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “The untimely death of Inkosi Mathonsi has caught us by surprise and it is a very big shock. We are deeply hurt and affected by the sudden departure of Inkosi Mathonsi. The IFP conveys its deepest condolences to the INdlunkulu, members of the family of Inkosi Mathonsi, His Majesty the King, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi (Traditional Prime Minister) to the Zulu monarch in both capacities as Prime Minster of the Zulu Nation and the President of the IFP. Our condolences is also extended to the Chairman of the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial House of Traditional Leaders, Inkosi Phathisizwe Chiliza, the Mathonsi clan and to all Amakhosi. We further wish that his daughter will fully recover from her injuries,” External link

ifp Thursday, December 8, 2016 4:58:00 AM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “We are grateful for the support that the IFP has received not only in KwaZulu-Natal. As from the 6th until the 13th of December 2016 I will be visiting different provinces like Free State, Limpopo, North West, parts of Gauteng and Mpumalanga Province, conducting an election post mortem, encouraging membership renewal and the setting up of IFP branches. On membership, we are saying we need to accelerate and roll-out what we are now putting in place in terms of increasing support and attracting new members,” External link

ifp Wednesday, December 7, 2016 4:36:00 AM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “Every day that the ANC remains in government more institutional damage is done, more corruption goes unchecked, the economy falters and unemployment grows. We must therefore aim to continue to grow our support and build a majority of South Africans that share our values and our vision. Where we govern municipalities and have councillors we must deliver and where we do not govern we must present a strong opposition and credible alternative policies,” External link

ifp Wednesday, December 7, 2016 4:36:00 AM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “Sign language as means of communication is being used by citizens who have no other choice. It will be extremely useful for all members of the public to have at least a basic understanding of sign language. We would like to see the teaching of sign language becoming part of the primary school curriculum. If children start learning sign language from a young age, it will become a part of their knowledge base which will be very useful as they grow. We have asked for this issue to be debated in the KZN Legislature because we feel very strongly about it. We were pleased when our motion received wide support in the House” External link

ifp Tuesday, December 6, 2016 4:07:00 AM EAT

Blessed Gwala said ( about Kwazulu Natal ) : “KwaZulu-Natal is a popular holiday destination for thousands of holiday makers who flock to our coastline during the festive season. We welcome this influx of tourists as it benefits our tourism industry and creates much-needed job. We accept that beaches and holiday resorts will become overcrowded so we urge revellers to be responsible in their behaviour. Very often people drown as a result of swimming in unsafe waters and swimming while being intoxicated. People must identify safe swimming spots along our coastline that are protected by shark nets and have lifeguards on duty. It is important that swimmers obey instructions from lifeguards who are there to ensure that people are safe. We urge parents and care givers to ensure that children are not left unattended as we know from past experience that children often get into difficulty in the water or get lost in the huge crowds,” External link

ifp Thursday, December 1, 2016 2:58:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “We are particularly concerned about children who play in rivers and dams without the supervision of any responsible adult. Not knowing the depth of the water and not knowing how to swim, these children are at risk of drowning. Very often water flow in rivers can be unpredictable as flash floods can occur with tragic consequences. Unnecessary heartache can be avoided if parents keep a watchful eye over children when they are in water. Since many rivers are polluted, people should be careful about where they swim in order to avoid infections. By taking simple precautions we can avoid tragedy and ensure that the festive season is enjoyed without any tragedy. Whilst we have very good emergency rescue services, they cannot be everywhere and we can assist them by behaving responsibly,” External link

ifp Thursday, December 1, 2016 2:58:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “We call on the KZN MEC of Community Safety and Liaison, Mxolisi Kaunda to urgently institute his own investigation into this matter. Furthermore, we call on the police to work tirelessly to look for these thugs. We cannot afford a sluggishresponse by the police when they have to investigate cases involving IFP supporters because they are seems to be active only if it is an ANC councillor or supporters involved,” External link

ifp Thursday, November 24, 2016 8:52:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “Enhanced cooperation is vital as progress in the fight against racism and intolerance is often the result of combined actions. We call on government to develop and implement a multi-year programme of activities to provide for a renewed and strengthened outreach to inform and mobilise people to eradicate the scourge of racism,” External link

ifp Friday, November 18, 2016 7:07:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “We need to work together and put aside differences of the past,” External link

newzimbabwe Wednesday, November 16, 2016 3:55:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “It is more important that leaders talk about peace, reconciliation and social cohesion than throw mud into what has been built,” “The IFP believes in peace and reconciliation. We must talk about what is called social cohesion because we need to create peace rather than cause divisions among racial groups,” External link

newzimbabwe Wednesday, November 16, 2016 3:55:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “We need to work together and put aside differences of the past,” External link

iol Tuesday, November 15, 2016 10:58:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “It is more important that leaders talk about peace, reconciliation and social cohesion than throw mud into what has been built,” “The IFP believes in peace and reconciliation. We must talk about what is called social cohesion because we need to create peace rather than cause divisions among racial groups,” External link

iol Tuesday, November 15, 2016 10:58:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “Who has become rich at the expense of the poor and why is it that the treasury is not interested in pursuing the recovery of this money?” External link

iol Monday, November 14, 2016 9:22:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said ( about Belinda Scott ) : “The IFP challenges MEC Scott to pay the legal fees from her personal account if she feels so strongly that treasury did the right thing by firing the whistle blower,” External link

iol Monday, November 14, 2016 9:22:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : "Any attack to our brothers and sisters in blue should be treated swiftly and with appropriate action. In these cases, the perpetrators must be arrested immediately and appear in court so that they are shown the full might of the law. Police officers are the only people who stand between the criminals and the ordinary people in society," External link

allafrica Wednesday, November 2, 2016 8:12:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : "The IFP demands that the KZN Provincial government must honour its promise made to the public and to the Meyiwa family that it will build a football academy," External link

allafrica Friday, October 28, 2016 6:10:00 AM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : "The IFP demands that the KZN Provincial government must honour its promise made to the public and to the Meyiwa family that it will build a football academy," External link

allafrica Thursday, October 27, 2016 7:17:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded ( about Nomusa Dube-Ncube ) : “Now we are told that MEC Dube-Ncube has implemented Section 139 (1) (b) of the Constitution of South Africa. This means that her Department will take over control of the Nquthu Municipality which will include all fiscal and financial management functions. This is in spite of a court ruling that the Nquthu Municipality should be constituted without any further delay. It is clear that Dube-Ncube is going all out to protect the business interests of the water service provider in uMzinyathi and in so doing she is denying the rights of the people of Nquthu and the entire district. It is shocking that business interests and cronyism takes precedence over service delivery and the will of the people. The voters have spoken through the ballot box but the ANC is using questionable means to corrupt councillors to support its hidden agenda. If Dube-Ncube has nothing to hide, she must reveal the name of the owner of the company that provides water services in the uMzinyathi District” External link

ifp Wednesday, October 19, 2016 7:01:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded ( about Nomusa Dube-Ncube ) : "Now we are told that MEC Dube-Ncube has implemented Section 139 (1) (b) of the Constitution of South Africa. This means that her Department will take over control of the Nquthu Municipality which will include all fiscal and financial management functions. This is in spite of a court ruling that the Nquthu Municipality should be constituted without any further delay. It is clear that Dube-Ncube is going all out to protect the business interests of the water service provider in uMzinyathi and in so doing she is denying the rights of the people of Nquthu and the entire district. It is shocking that business interests and cronyism takes precedence over service delivery and the will of the people. The voters have spoken through the ballot box but the ANC is using questionable means to corrupt councillors to support its hidden agenda. If Dube-Ncube has nothing to hide, she must reveal the name of the owner of the company that provides water services in the uMzinyathi District" External link

allafrica Wednesday, October 19, 2016 6:12:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “There are rumours that the councillor who took the matter to court and lost his case was being supported by some people who are opposed to the IFP taking over both municipalities. Once again we find that the ruling of a court of law is being sacrificed at the altar of political expediency. Such undue political interference can only be attributed to greed for undeserved power. It is typical of the ANC to use its political appointees to run roughshod over legislation that is place to ensure the smooth operation of government. The MEC is abusing her authority through undue interference. As a result of her actions she is depriving people of those municipalities of services and she is hindering forward planning and execution of projects. We cannot allow such highhanded political interference to deprive people of municipal services. The MEC is advised to abide by the ruling of the court and ensure that the Nquthu Municipality is duly constituted,” External link

ifp Friday, October 14, 2016 4:48:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “The IFP demands that the KZN Treasury must abide by the Public Protector’s findings and reinstate Ms Hlatshwayo-Rouget without any further delay,” External link

ifp Monday, October 10, 2016 6:29:00 AM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : "The IFP demands that the KZN Treasury must abide by the Public Protector's findings and reinstate Ms Hlatshwayo-Rouget without any further delay," External link

allafrica Thursday, October 6, 2016 3:01:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “People must be educated about the Protected Disclosures Act 26 of 2000, which protects employees who disclose information of unlawful or corrupt conduct by their employer and other employees from occupational detriment” External link

iol Thursday, October 6, 2016 2:21:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “People have been calling us from the time the adverts by the Department of Arts & Culture have been published because they recognise us as leaders in their community and as part of the government of KwaZulu-Natal. We have no information regarding how many busses have been hired, from where will these buses be coming, where are the pick-up points, what are the pick-up times and contact details for the co-ordinators in each area. I have tried contacting the MEC and officials of the Department of Arts & Culture but have not been successful in getting any information. This Department is being run like a spaza shop and this historic event is being treated like a Sunday school picnic. It is an insult to the Zulu Nation and to His Majesty the King. We call on the Department to provide proper details regarding the transport arrangements so that people will know how they will get to the event” External link

ifp Tuesday, September 20, 2016 5:31:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : "The co-operation arrangement that exists between the IFP, DA and the EFF was not formed by turncoats but agreed upon by leaders with integrity in order to ensure that municipal councils with good governance capabilities are put in place without delay in order to serve our people. There was no bribery involved, there was no money that changed hands. I wonder if Mlotshwa and the leadership of the NFP can say the same with regards to the formation of their party. Now that the NFP is crumbling around them, Mlotshwa seeks to point fingers at the IFP. Mlotshwa must know that like the elephant, the IFP has a very good memory and has not forgotten his corrupt activities. If his hands are clean then he should have attended the disciplinary hearing and cleared his name instead of going into hiding" External link

allafrica Friday, September 16, 2016 6:22:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “The co-operation arrangement that exists between the IFP, DA and the EFF was not formed by turncoats but agreed upon by leaders with integrity in order to ensure that municipal councils with good governance capabilities are put in place without delay in order to serve our people. There was no bribery involved, there was no money that changed hands. I wonder if Mlotshwa and the leadership of the NFP can say the same with regards to the formation of their party. Now that the NFP is crumbling around them, Mlotshwa seeks to point fingers at the IFP. Mlotshwa must know that like the elephant, the IFP has a very good memory and has not forgotten his corrupt activities. If his hands are clean then he should have attended the disciplinary hearing and cleared his name instead of going into hiding” External link

ifp Friday, September 16, 2016 3:03:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “In view of Premier Mchunu’s concerns, we as the IFP call for a skills audit in all government departments to that we can have a clear picture of the human resource capacity that exists at provincial and municipal levels. The lack of suitable skills is the reason for poor service delivery that is resulting in protest action in many areas. People in many municipalities are fed up with a lack of services or shoddy workmanship. Since many departments spend the bulk of their budgets on personnel costs, we would expect efficient service delivery but it is clear that many of those employed do not possess the requisite qualifications or skills. We also find it unacceptable that the position of the KZN Director General has been vacant for well over a year. This is a critical position that needs to be filled without any further delay. We find it difficult to accept that there is no suitable person in KwaZulu-Natal to occupy this important position” External link

ifp Thursday, September 15, 2016 2:32:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : "Once they are under administration there would be no investigation into shady deals involving some senior ANC leaders and their families," External link

businessday Wednesday, September 14, 2016 7:14:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : "Once they are under administration there would be no investigation into shady deals involving some senior ANC leaders and their families," External link

bdlive Wednesday, September 14, 2016 7:10:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : "Furthermore, we believe that government must play an expanded role by providing educational and awareness around the dangers associated with illegal mining especially in those arear where disused mines exist. Communities should be empowered with education awareness programs on mining activities and its effects. Although we call for a special summit we are also aware that people are hungry due to unemployment which makes them desperate in risking their lives in order to survive. Government must take the blame for its empty promises of creating decent jobs for people. If the ANC-led government was successful in creating jobs such incidents would have been prevented. One wonders how the ANC is expecting unemployed people to survive as it has failed to create decent jobs," External link

allafrica Tuesday, September 13, 2016 6:14:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “Furthermore, we believe that government must play an expanded role by providing educational and awareness around the dangers associated with illegal mining especially in those arear where disused mines exist. Communities should be empowered with education awareness programs on mining activities and its effects. Although we call for a special summit we are also aware that people are hungry due to unemployment which makes them desperate in risking their lives in order to survive. Government must take the blame for its empty promises of creating decent jobs for people. If the ANC-led government was successful in creating jobs such incidents would have been prevented. One wonders how the ANC is expecting unemployed people to survive as it has failed to create decent jobs,” External link

ifp Tuesday, September 13, 2016 5:09:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “It is our view that criminals can be defeated only if there is an increase in active visible policing. While we agree that there is a need for more police personnel, vehicles and other resources, these will not address the escalating crime levels if police personnel are sitting in air conditioned vehicles and offices. As the IFP we would like to see police personnel on the beat, walking around in shopping malls and in our communities. They should be talking to people on the streets in a friendly yet authoritative manner. Through such engagements they will be successful in building community confidence and getting information that will assist in combating crime before it happens. Gathering crime intelligence will go a long way towards preventing criminal activity and keeping our citizens safe” External link

ifp Thursday, September 8, 2016 8:16:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : "Criminals who are caught wearing and selling police uniforms must be severely dealt with. The indiscriminate wearing of police uniform by civilians is causing damage to the reputation of the police service. Unauthorised persons have taken advantage of the proliferation of imitation uniforms bearing close resemblance to the official police uniforms to falsely represent themselves as members of the SAPS. We call on the public to report such cases at their local police station. I will ask the MEC for a full briefing on criminality within the SAPS in the province, the issuing and control of uniforms, equipment and official police regalia, as well as information regarding their pro-active approach to combat crime within the police service," External link

allafrica Wednesday, September 7, 2016 7:01:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “Criminals who are caught wearing and selling police uniforms must be severely dealt with. The indiscriminate wearing of police uniform by civilians is causing damage to the reputation of the police service. Unauthorised persons have taken advantage of the proliferation of imitation uniforms bearing close resemblance to the official police uniforms to falsely represent themselves as members of the SAPS. We call on the public to report such cases at their local police station. I will ask the MEC for a full briefing on criminality within the SAPS in the province, the issuing and control of uniforms, equipment and official police regalia, as well as information regarding their pro-active approach to combat crime within the police service,” External link

ifp Wednesday, September 7, 2016 12:58:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : "The IFP is now convinced that the ANC in KZN, and MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube in particular, are on a well-planned and well-orchestrated campaign to subvert the will of the people just as they did in 2011 when they ganged up against us with the NFP" External link

allafrica Wednesday, September 7, 2016 12:49:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : "The IFP is now convinced that the ANC in KZN, and MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube in particular, are on a well-planned and well-orchestrated campaign to subvert the will of the people just as they did in 2011 when they ganged up against us with the NFP" External link

news24 Tuesday, September 6, 2016 7:39:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “But since the first meeting to elect the office bearers in Nquthu, ANC members have been acting in an unruly manner with the clear objective of ensuring that such a process does not take place. MEC Dube-Ncube has been aware of these ANC shenanigans; yet she has deliberately avoided to take decisive steps,” External link

enca Monday, September 5, 2016 11:18:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : "As a result of her actions she is depriving people of municipal services," External link

bdlive Friday, September 2, 2016 5:45:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “Media has a right to be at committee meetings. The meetings are open to the public,” External link

iol Wednesday, August 31, 2016 7:28:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “It means there is something they want to hide, and don’t want the communities to know about. It is not good for South Africa,” External link

iol Wednesday, August 31, 2016 7:28:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “As the IFP we will continue to be a sharp thorn in the side of the KZN Provincial Government in any matters of corruption and will demand answers so that our people must know what is happening there. We cannot just sit and relax while public funds were wasted for nothing. That money would have benefited many poor people instead of donating it to corrupt event organizers both locally and abroad,” External link

ifp Tuesday, August 30, 2016 6:54:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : "The number of councillors eligible to serve on executive committees is determined according to the number of votes each party gets. Therefore, by reducing the number of councillors for political expediency and not financial constraints only serves to undermine the will of the people. Voters have spoken through the ballot box for the IFP to have a certain number of seats in the Exco, but the ANC, seeking to dominate the Exco then abuses legislation to frustrate the opposition. We have noted that it never happens that the ANC reduces the Exco by removing one of its own councillors. It is always a councillor from an opposition party who is removed and most often it is an IFP councillor who falls victim to this abuse of power. By doing this the ANC is proving that it is not interested in service delivery but only interested in clinging on to power. We call on the IEC to look into this blatant abuse of the electorate process" External link

allafrica Monday, August 22, 2016 4:02:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “The number of councillors eligible to serve on executive committees is determined according to the number of votes each party gets. Therefore, by reducing the number of councillors for political expediency and not financial constraints only serves to undermine the will of the people. Voters have spoken through the ballot box for the IFP to have a certain number of seats in the Exco, but the ANC, seeking to dominate the Exco then abuses legislation to frustrate the opposition. We have noted that it never happens that the ANC reduces the Exco by removing one of its own councillors. It is always a councillor from an opposition party who is removed and most often it is an IFP councillor who falls victim to this abuse of power. By doing this the ANC is proving that it is not interested in service delivery but only interested in clinging on to power. We call on the IEC to look into this blatant abuse of the electorate process” External link

ifp Monday, August 22, 2016 11:53:00 AM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : "A government that will put the needs of the people first by eradicating poverty through the creation of sustainable jobs, attending to the housing backlogs by providing decent housing and making the provision of water and sanitation a reality," External link

bdlive Thursday, August 18, 2016 6:35:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “Any party that is in power would be wise to heed the advice and criticism coming from opposition parties and socio-political commentators. In the case of the ANC, arrogance on the part of its leadership prevented it from listening to advice and prioritising the welfare of the citizens of South Africa. It would appear that the ANC wanted people to be dependent on government in order for it to continue to make promises at election time. Keeping people poor and promoting a welfare state is not in the best interest of creating a stable society and growing the economy. Job creation through economic development is the answer to eradicating poverty and addressing inequality. The national budget should therefore prioritise economic emancipation in order to bring about social transformation that will benefit the majority of our people and not just a select few. Creating islands of wealth in a sea of poverty will have dreadful consequences” External link

ifp Monday, August 15, 2016 7:58:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala wrote ( about Commission ) : “We call on the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to ensure that there are consequences for those who don’t adhere to the electoral code of conduct. When acts of violence or intimidation take place, it’s a direct challenge to the IEC and police as perpetrators of such violence are testing the resolve of the IEC to ensure that there are free and fair elections” External link

pambazuka Thursday, August 11, 2016 4:09:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : "We are calling on people to respect political freedom and campaign in peaceful manner in order to uphold the basic principles of democracy. We call upon our members to continue to be disciplined," External link

allafrica Monday, August 1, 2016 6:07:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “We are calling on people to respect political freedom and campaign in peaceful manner in order to uphold the basic principles of democracy. We call upon our members to continue to be disciplined,” External link

ifp Monday, August 1, 2016 2:42:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : "It is clear to us that Big NUZ has been captured by provincial government departments and the eThekwini Municipality to perform at their events. In this way tax payer's money is abused for party political purposes. As a political watchdog, the IFP will monitor how many government contracts Big NUZ gets as opposed to other artists. The public purse should never be plundered to benefit a few at the expense of many other talented artists. It is clear that the group was pressurized politically to pull out of the IFP event after our advert was published. Artists who align themselves politically will destroy their careers. This is one of the reasons that our artists are unable to successfully grow their careers. They must realize that it is not government departments that buy their music, it is the masses of people who belong to all political parties who support them. It is therefore not in the best interest of artists to bow to political pressure after agreeing to a contract and receiving full payment only to pull out after the event is advertised. Big NUZ must remember that there are thousands of IFP members who support them and if Big NUZ continues to conduct themselves in this manner, we will consider calling upon our members to stop supporting Big NUZ in the future" External link

allafrica Friday, July 29, 2016 6:53:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “It is clear to us that Big NUZ has been captured by provincial government departments and the eThekwini Municipality to perform at their events. In this way tax payer’s money is abused for party political purposes. As a political watchdog, the IFP will monitor how many government contracts Big NUZ gets as opposed to other artists. The public purse should never be plundered to benefit a few at the expense of many other talented artists. It is clear that the group was pressurized politically to pull out of the IFP event after our advert was published. Artists who align themselves politically will destroy their careers. This is one of the reasons that our artists are unable to successfully grow their careers. They must realize that it is not government departments that buy their music, it is the masses of people who belong to all political parties who support them. It is therefore not in the best interest of artists to bow to political pressure after agreeing to a contract and receiving full payment only to pull out after the event is advertised. Big NUZ must remember that there are thousands of IFP members who support them and if Big NUZ continues to conduct themselves in this manner, we will consider calling upon our members to stop supporting Big NUZ in the future” External link

ifp Friday, July 29, 2016 4:10:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “The ANC government has failed the people who have put them in power. How long do people have to wait before they get proper houses, how many more people have to die before government reacts positively to their plight? We are now convinced that it is the ANC led government’s strategy not to provide shack dwellers with houses so that it can keep on promising them houses whenever there is elections in order to get votes. The ANC is benefitting from the suffering of people who live in squalor,” External link

ifp Wednesday, July 27, 2016 9:20:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : "We call on the IEC to act on an election pledge to stamp out this scourge of killings and intimidation. Unless it sends a strong message some people will think that political intolerance is acceptable behaviour. Unless we speak out against these senseless killing, nothing will change and innocent people will continue to die," External link

allafrica Tuesday, July 26, 2016 12:38:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : "We appeal to the law enforcement agencies to investigate this incident speedily and bring to book those responsible for it to set an example to those whose actions are directed against our democratic order in general and free and fair elections in particular," External link

allafrica Monday, July 25, 2016 5:34:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “We call on the IEC to act on an election pledge to stamp out this scourge of killings and intimidation. Unless it sends a strong message some people will think that political intolerance is acceptable behaviour. Unless we speak out against these senseless killing, nothing will change and innocent people will continue to die,” External link

ifp Monday, July 25, 2016 5:16:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “We appeal to the law enforcement agencies to investigate this incident speedily and bring to book those responsible for it to set an example to those whose actions are directed against our democratic order in general and free and fair elections in particular,” External link

ifp Monday, July 25, 2016 2:00:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “I was also informed that one leader of a certain political party drove through our volunteers and injured one of them with his car and he drove away. What makes us angry is that the police did not open [a] case of attempted murder and hit-and-run, but they only opened a case of reckless driving. This is ridiculous. Action must be taken against these police officers,” External link

iol Sunday, July 24, 2016 2:31:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “We therefore encourage the residents living in Lenyenye to vote for change in the upcoming local government elections by voting for the IFP.I therefore, urge all Limpopo residents to come in their numbers on Saturday to listen to our leader Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi who will be delivering our well informed Local government manifesto,” External link

ifp Wednesday, July 20, 2016 5:59:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : "We want to see people go out in their numbers on 03 August and cast their votes for the candidate of their choice without any fear. This cannot happen when such killings and violence continues. Opposition parties on their campaign trails have complained numerous times about intimidation by ANC members but this continues unabated. All parties have signed pledges with the IEC to conduct themselves in a responsible manner but it appears that it was just ink on paper and the message does not go to party supporters. We convey our condolences to the family and friends of Bongani Skhosana and Khanyisile Ngobese as well as to the ANC. We make an earnest appeal to all our citizens to refrain from any acts of violence and to assist the police with information that will lead to the arrest of the cold-blooded killers who are threatening our democracy," External link

allafrica Wednesday, July 20, 2016 2:10:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “We want to see people go out in their numbers on 03 August and cast their votes for the candidate of their choice without any fear. This cannot happen when such killings and violence continues. Opposition parties on their campaign trails have complained numerous times about intimidation by ANC members but this continues unabated. All parties have signed pledges with the IEC to conduct themselves in a responsible manner but it appears that it was just ink on paper and the message does not go to party supporters. We convey our condolences to the family and friends of Bongani Skhosana and Khanyisile Ngobese as well as to the ANC. We make an earnest appeal to all our citizens to refrain from any acts of violence and to assist the police with information that will lead to the arrest of the cold-blooded killers who are threatening our democracy,” External link

ifp Tuesday, July 19, 2016 5:20:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : "It is becoming a habit in South Africa to create a day or month to focus on a particular event or social issue which we mark in our national calendar. It is imperative that we do all we can to ensure that Mandela Day does not become part of the mark-a-month syndrome at the outset. We cannot eradicate poverty and social inequality on a 67 minutes but this must be done every day," External link

allafrica Tuesday, July 19, 2016 2:14:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “It is becoming a habit in South Africa to create a day or month to focus on a particular event or social issue which we mark in our national calendar. It is imperative that we do all we can to ensure that Mandela Day does not become part of the mark-a-month syndrome at the outset. We cannot eradicate poverty and social inequality on a 67 minutes but this must be done every day,” External link

ifp Tuesday, July 19, 2016 10:55:00 AM EAT

Blessed Gwala said ( about Saida Harrigan ) : "It is shocking to see that our international airport terminals are awash with advertising that seeks to promote the ANC ahead of the local government elections. We understand that the Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) is legally and financially autonomous and operates under commercial law, but it is majority owned by the South African Government, and as such should not show preference to any one particular political party. From a commercial point of view we know that ACSA derives some of its revenue through advertising. If ACSA was making advertising space within airports available to political parties, then it should have been advertised openly so that all political parties would have equal opportunity to purchase advertising space. It now appears that the ANC has been given preferential treatment by ACSA and this is unacceptable. We therefore question the advertising policy of ACSA and demand to know why the ANC has been given preference to advertise at the airports" External link

allafrica Tuesday, July 12, 2016 5:28:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded ( about Saida Harrigan ) : "The Airports Company of South Africa is a National Government Entity and therefore should not be partisan or seen to be giving preference to any political party. If ACSA is truly committed to promoting democracy, it should have made equal space available to all political parties thereby giving credibility to the entity. We will be writing to the CEO of ACSA to explain to the nation its advertising policy and its decision to turn its international terminals into ANC propaganda arenas" External link

allafrica Tuesday, July 12, 2016 5:28:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said ( about Saida Harrigan ) : “It is shocking to see that our international airport terminals are awash with advertising that seeks to promote the ANC ahead of the local government elections. We understand that the Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) is legally and financially autonomous and operates under commercial law, but it is majority owned by the South African Government, and as such should not show preference to any one particular political party. From a commercial point of view we know that ACSA derives some of its revenue through advertising. If ACSA was making advertising space within airports available to political parties, then it should have been advertised openly so that all political parties would have equal opportunity to purchase advertising space. It now appears that the ANC has been given preferential treatment by ACSA and this is unacceptable. We therefore question the advertising policy of ACSA and demand to know why the ANC has been given preference to advertise at the airports” External link

ifp Tuesday, July 12, 2016 9:42:00 AM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded ( about Saida Harrigan ) : “The Airports Company of South Africa is a National Government Entity and therefore should not be partisan or seen to be giving preference to any political party. If ACSA is truly committed to promoting democracy, it should have made equal space available to all political parties thereby giving credibility to the entity. We will be writing to the CEO of ACSA to explain to the nation its advertising policy and its decision to turn its international terminals into ANC propaganda arenas” External link

ifp Tuesday, July 12, 2016 9:42:00 AM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : "We are truly saddened by the news that Mr Mkhwanazi has passed away. As a businessman Mr Mkhwanazi was an advocate for Black Economic Empowerment. Apart from his involvement in the KwaZulu-Natal Growth Coalition, he also ran the Black Black Management Forum. His vision and fortitude made him a giant in the business community. His brand of leadership during these economic times will be sorely missed. We convey our heartfelt sympathies to the Mkhwanazi Family and friends" External link

allafrica Monday, July 4, 2016 12:07:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “We are truly saddened by the news that Mr Mkhwanazi has passed away. As a businessman Mr Mkhwanazi was an advocate for Black Economic Empowerment. Apart from his involvement in the KwaZulu-Natal Growth Coalition, he also ran the Black Black Management Forum. His vision and fortitude made him a giant in the business community. His brand of leadership during these economic times will be sorely missed. We convey our heartfelt sympathies to the Mkhwanazi Family and friends” External link

ifp Sunday, July 3, 2016 2:22:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : "We are deeply saddened that a young man has lost his life just by being at the wrong place at the wrong time. The IFP extends heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the late Mr Masondo. We encourage the people of Nongoma not to be deterred by such criminal acts and to protect our democracy from those who seek to destroy it. As law abiding citizens we must never bow down to criminals or give in to intimidation. We welcome the Task Team that has been set up by the Acting Police Commissioner in KZN, General Langa to investigate this incident and the killing of Mr Alson Mzwakhe Nkosi and others at Abaqulusi. We are hopeful that the Task Team will identify the killers and put an end to any further such attacks" External link

allafrica Tuesday, June 28, 2016 3:49:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “We are deeply saddened that a young man has lost his life just by being at the wrong place at the wrong time. The IFP extends heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the late Mr Masondo. We encourage the people of Nongoma not to be deterred by such criminal acts and to protect our democracy from those who seek to destroy it. As law abiding citizens we must never bow down to criminals or give in to intimidation. We welcome the Task Team that has been set up by the Acting Police Commissioner in KZN, General Langa to investigate this incident and the killing of Mr Alson Mzwakhe Nkosi and others at Abaqulusi. We are hopeful that the Task Team will identify the killers and put an end to any further such attacks” External link

ifp Tuesday, June 28, 2016 3:27:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “The vast majority of South Africans and operators of our tourism establishments uphold the constitutional right of every person to have dignity and freedom, and for that dignity and freedom to be respected and protected at all times, but some forms of racism are still being practised by a small minority of people. These actions do not belong in a democratic society which is driven by the values of equality,” External link

ifp Thursday, June 23, 2016 6:46:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : "We demand that the ANC must call an urgent meeting with the affected people to stop this chaos. Many people have been affected by this protest even those who are not part of the disgruntled ANC membership," External link

allafrica Wednesday, June 22, 2016 11:52:00 AM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “Although this is an internal ANC matter we cannot allow a situation where people will be seen burning state and private property and then claiming that they are doing it to vent their frustrations about internal party matters” External link

iol Tuesday, June 21, 2016 7:32:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “We demand that the ANC must call an urgent meeting with the affected people to stop this chaos. Many people have been affected by this protest even those who are not part of the disgruntled ANC membership,” External link

ifp Tuesday, June 21, 2016 6:31:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “When members of the IFP were being killed over the years and we urged the previous premiers to intervene but we did not receive co-operation. There is a Multi-Party Committee that was set up to address violence in the province and it is this committee that should be seized with addressing the violence no matter where it emanates from. If the ANC wants to investigate its own internal conflicts, it should not be using state resources to do so. Police personnel and other resources will surely be used since the Task Team involves the Premier and the MEC for Community Safety & Liaison, Mxolisi Kaunda. This is a blatant abuse of state resources. The provincial government must treat all citizens of the province with equal respect and not prioritise any one group above another” External link

ifp Tuesday, June 21, 2016 6:31:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “We condemn this brutal killing of our member in the strongest possible terms. We do not know the motive for the killing as yet and we demand that Task Team that has been set up by Premier Willies Mchunu to investigate the killing of ANC members, must also investigate the killing of Mr Alson Nkosi” External link

iol Monday, June 20, 2016 1:40:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “We express our heartfelt condolences to KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Willies Mchunu on the passing away of his father after a period of illness. We are aware that between April this year and today, Premier Mchunu has faced the heartrending reality of death so close to his family. We were saddened to hear of the untimely passing away of his dear wife in April, then the sad passing away of his mother in May and now Premier Mchunu has to bid his final farewell to his dear father. The past few months have indeed been a very trying and emotionally difficult period for the Mchunu Family and we pray for God Almighty to provide comfort to them during these dark days. It is only through prayer and faith in our Creator that the Mchunu Family will be carried through this period of mourning. We extend our condolences to the Mchunu Family and to the African National Congress” External link

ifp Friday, June 17, 2016 3:05:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : "The IFP believes that it would be vital that all political parties are involved in this task team if we wish to achieve success. We don't condone any killings because the loss of life is not acceptable," External link

allafrica Wednesday, June 15, 2016 12:48:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “The IFP believes that it would be vital that all political parties are involved in this task team if we wish to achieve success. We don’t condone any killings because the loss of life is not acceptable,” External link

ifp Tuesday, June 14, 2016 2:16:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said ( about Willies Mchunu ) : "We are saddened to hear of the sad passing away of the mother of Premier Willies Mchunu. It is indeed a very trying and emotionally difficult time for the Mchunu Family. We are mindful that Premier Mchunu had recently lost his beloved wife and that his elderly father is extremely ill in the ICU. While death is beyond our control and illness can take its toll on anyone, we pray that the Premier and his family will be comforted through prayer. We extend our condolences to the Mchunu Family and to the African National Congress" External link

allafrica Wednesday, June 1, 2016 2:05:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said ( about Willies Mchunu ) : “We are saddened to hear of the sad passing away of the mother of Premier Willies Mchunu. It is indeed a very trying and emotionally difficult time for the Mchunu Family. We are mindful that Premier Mchunu had recently lost his beloved wife and that his elderly father is extremely ill in the ICU. While death is beyond our control and illness can take its toll on anyone, we pray that the Premier and his family will be comforted through prayer. We extend our condolences to the Mchunu Family and to the African National Congress” External link

ifp Tuesday, May 31, 2016 7:24:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “Urgent interventions in relation to the conditions that bedevil the efficient and effective functioning and service delivery of municipalities are crucial. The IFP believes that the solution to the problem does not lie in the policing unit but much rather in speedy solutions to the socio-economic conditions that prevail in many communities,” External link

ifp Wednesday, May 25, 2016 11:07:00 AM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “As politicians we do understand that when there are two centres of power in a province, there will be tensions. So we accept that there might be a need to re-shuffle the cabinet as a normal political process which could be a consequence of the incumbent premier not being the chairman of his party in the province. One needs to remember that when such a re-shuffle occurs, there is a ripple effect that will impact on provincial and departmental policies as well as staff who are employed in the affected departments. Political uncertainty can also have negative economic implications. Therefore we hope the process is managed in the interest of the province as a whole” External link

ifp Monday, May 23, 2016 2:16:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : "In spite of this suspension we still demand to know on what grounds and with what justification was Ngobeni's contract renewed when it expired last year. There was a cloud hanging over her head for a long time and we as the IFP have been calling for her to be investigated. Our wisdom was ignored in the past but our calls have now been justified. We hope that a suitable person will now be appointed to lead the crime fighters in our province. The next person to be appointed must be an experienced and competent police officer and not a cadre deployed to do the work of the ruling party" External link

allafrica Friday, May 20, 2016 4:01:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala concluded : “In spite of this suspension we still demand to know on what grounds and with what justification was Ngobeni’s contract renewed when it expired last year. There was a cloud hanging over her head for a long time and we as the IFP have been calling for her to be investigated. Our wisdom was ignored in the past but our calls have now been justified. We hope that a suitable person will now be appointed to lead the crime fighters in our province. The next person to be appointed must be an experienced and competent police officer and not a cadre deployed to do the work of the ruling party” External link

ifp Friday, May 20, 2016 1:19:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said ( about Royal Bafokeng ) : “The IFP believes the disestablishment of the Department of the Royal Household is a political decision - not only to frustrate the IFP, but to support republicans who would never be in favour of the kingdom. Also the department was not established by the current administration,” External link

iol Friday, March 20, 2015 3:16:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “It does not make sense for the king to be taken care of separately from his queens and children,” External link

iol Friday, March 20, 2015 3:16:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “Our members held a very successful branch inauguration, and as people were leaving the venue, shots were fired by an unknown person,” External link

iol Monday, March 9, 2015 5:56:00 AM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : "Our members held a very successful branch inauguration, and as people were leaving the venue, shots were fired by an unknown person," External link

thenewage Monday, March 9, 2015 1:21:00 AM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “We always invite artists to perform at our rallies, but they never dress in our colours or talk politics,” External link

iol Thursday, February 5, 2015 1:01:00 PM EAT

Blessed Gwala said : “Mhere was a talented young presenter who won the hearts of all those who watched him on Top Billing and other shows. His passing will leave a void in the SABC that will be difficult to fill,” External link

iol Saturday, January 31, 2015 7:12:00 PM EAT



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