Rivals call for prosecution of KZN Premier for breaking lockdown

Lungani Zungu

The IFP has joined the DA in calling for KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala to be prosecuted for allegedly breaking Covid-19 lockdown regulations. 

The breach Zikalala is in trouble over is a Freedom Day event he hosted in April at Clairwood hospital in Durban. 

The DA’s Dianne Kohler Barnard laid criminal charges against Zikalala back in April. “We can’t allow politicians to fool people. He must be prosecuted like all the people who have contravened the national lockdown regulations. He cannot get away with it,” said Kohler Barnard.

She has since also asked the National Prosecuting Authority for an update on the progress they have made in Zikalala’s case.

IFP’s Blessed Gwala agreed. He told Scrolla.Africa, “We cannot allow the ANC to point right then walk left. We want the premier to be prosecuted for flouting the lockdown rules.”

He added: “It’s ironic that there was no social distancing as the people who attended the event are doctors and nurses. They know the danger that is posed by Covid-19.” 

The provincial government has described the calls for Zikalala to be prosecuted as “cheap politicking.”

The government quashed claims that Zikalala held an event, arguing it was his routine visit to provincial hospitals.

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