PRETORIA– The Democratic Alliance (DA), South Africa’s leading opposition party, has reiterated its call for a leaner Cabinet.
This is among the demands in the party’s memorandum which was delivered to the National Treasury during the value added tax (VAT) increase protest march in Pretoria on Tuesday.
Hundreds of DA members and supporters joined the march. DA leader Mmusi Maimane also called on government to reduce the number of foreign missions saying some of them do not serve any purpose.
Maimane said the DA had proposed that the government should pull out of what he calls the costly membership of the New Development Bank set up the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) grouping of leading emerging nations.
Tell President (Cyril) Ramaphosa, gone are the days of blue light and security for everybody permanent. We don’t want fat cats running our country,” he said.
“We are saying there are foreign missions all over the world. Let us reduce them by 69 because we don’t need an embassy in every country. We want money.
“We want to make sure provincial legislatures are run well because they want money. We are asking that we must pull out of the New Development Bank, it is going to cost us 17.2 billion Rand (about 1.45 billion US dollars).
Maimane commended the National Treasury for what he calls its ability to resist the so-called “State capture”, the exercise of undue influence by outside parties on leaders and institutions of the State.
I’m not here to fight with Treasury. You are a department that has fought even when the forces of capturing came. I became nervous when I saw your former finance minister because I knew that project was going to continue and lt;” Maimane said.
“Today we are here to simply say the decision to increase VAT is going to affect poor ordinary South Africans. We are saying lets sell our shares in Telkom that is 7.0 billion Rand. Let us privatise or part privatise some of the 23 public enterprises which will help us. Let’s make sure in South Africa we can say it is a happy day for poor people.”
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK