ANC Will Never Support SA’s Well-being- DA

As South Africa’s general election draws near opposition party, the DA has not failed in blowing its own trumpet and criticise the decisions of the ANC on the SA Appropriations Bill

In a speech delivered in Parliament on Thursday, the DA’s Shadow Minister of Finance and a member of the parliament said ANC is not ready to support plans to rebuild SA.

During a debate on the SA Appropriations Bill [B5-2017], DA’s David Maynier proposed 405 amendments to the Appropriations Bill, in the amount of R10.8 billion, to fund six proposals in 2017/18.

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The SA Appropriations Bill [B5-2017] provides for an appropriation of R767 billion, from the National Revenue Fund, to fund forty national departments, in 2017/18.

According to him, SA parliament has all the powers in terms of the Money Bills Amendment Procedure and Related Matters Act (No. 9 of 2009), to rewrite the SA Appropriations Bill within four months of the beginning of 2017/18.

But, the ruling party will not want to be part of it because its members who are members of the parliament do not have the people’s welfare at heart, he said.

Hinting the need for an amendment of the SA Appropriations Bill, Maynier proposed six areas the Bills should focus on:

  • creating jobs by allocating an additional 5 billion to provide 213 602 more work opportunities in the Expanded Public Works Programme;
  • fighting crime by allocating an additional R688 million to establish a stand-alone specialised unit to fight drug-related crime;
  • supporting poor students by allocating an additional R3.5 billion to provide financial assistance to 63 331 more students who are enrolled, or who would like to enroll, at technical and vocational training colleges;
  • fighting corruption by allocating an additional R174 million to boost the investigative capacity of the Public Protector;
  • assisting the poor by allocating an additional 5 billion to prevent malnutrition among children and assist people battling high food prices; and
  • combatting cross-border crime by allocating an additional R483 million to fund seven more sub-units (+/- 945 soldiers) to safeguard the landward borders of South Africa.

The amendments we proposed were “budget neutral” and would have been funded by reprioritising expenditure, within the existing budget, and would have had no effect on the fiscal deficit, which is estimated to be -R149 billion, or -3.1% of GDP, in 2017/18.

“And yet our budget proposals were not supported by the ANC, not because they did not have merit, and not because they could not be funded, but because it was “too difficult” to rewrite the budget,” said David Maynier.

He further accused the ruling ANC of prioritising wasteful spendings such as allocation of R1.3 billion for a ministerial jet; R1.4 billion for ministerial bodyguards; and R89.6 million for ministerial mansions.

They kept supporting the money wastage at the detriment of poor taxpayers. They do not think about the 9.3 million people who do not have jobs, or have given up looking for jobs, in South Africa, he said.

The proposal was turned down at the parliament as the ANC MPs- the largest in the house- seem not to be in support of it. Hence the DA wish to let South African take note of the following:

  • let the unemployed know the ANC would not support the DA’s proposal to create jobs by allocating an additional 5 billion to provide 213 602 more work opportunities in the Expanded Public Works Programme;
  • let the victims of drug-related crime know the ANC would not support the DA’s proposal to fight crime by allocating an additional R688 million to establish a stand-alone specialised unit to fight drug-related crime;
  • let poor students know the ANC would not support the DA’s proposal to support students by allocating an additional R3.5 billion to provide financial assistance to 63 331 more students who are enrolled, or who would like to enroll, at technical and vocational training colleges;
  • let the victims of corruption know the ANC would not support the DA’s proposal to fight corruption by allocating an additional R174 million to boost the investigative capacity of the Public Protector;
  • let mothers with children who suffer from malnutrition, and people who are hungry, know the ANC would not support the DA’s proposal to prevent malnutrition and hunger by allocating an additional R4.5 billion to social grants; and
  • let the victims of cross-border crime know the ANC would not support the DA’s proposal to allocate an additional R483 million to fund seven more sub-units (+/- 945 soldiers) to safeguard the landward borders of South Africa.

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For as many who seek to know why the ANC would not support “budget proposals to help South Africa”, the DA has the answer- “They don’t care about the welfare of every South Africans including the unemployed, students, women and children as well as victims of crime.

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