EFF to boycott the budget, saying it wants Gigaba gone ‘yesterday’
BUSINESS LIVE / 21 FEBRUARY 2018 - 11:56 / STAFF REPORTER
The hard work Malusi Gigaba will have been doing to present the budget doesn’t impress the EFF‚ who will be boycotting Wednesday’s presentation by the Finance Minister.
Spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said the party wants President Cyril Ramaphosa to immediately dismiss Gigaba‚ because in his previous portfolio at home affairs‚ he facilitated the Guptas attaining citizenship in SA‚ helping them qualify for black economic empowerment deals with state-owned enterprises. The party also questioned Gigaba’s role at public enterprises‚ which involved changes to state-owned entities’ boards.
Julius Malema. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
"The EFF rejects Malusi Gigaba and will boycott the budget vote if it is him who will be presenting it.
To avoid disruptions‚ we will stay away from the house for the entire country to see that Ramaphosa is sustaining the legacy of disreputable ministers such as Gigaba ... If this is truly a new dawn‚ why must ... Gigaba present the budget?"
"Gigaba must fall and must fall yesterday. He is the polluted, dark smoke hovering over the supposedly new dawn of Ramaphosa’s administration."
Commenting on predictions that the finance ministry may have to raise VAT to find the additional revenue it needs to fund social expenditure‚ the EFF said it opposed this and rather wanted an increase in corporate income tax.
"With the state of affairs in our country‚ high unemployment and inequality‚ too many people depend on incomes of individuals to survive. To raise VAT and income tax is to take more from individuals who already have loads of burdens to take care of. The rich must be taxed to support the poor‚ and the rich in this case are the big companies that make huge profits and pay workers peanuts."
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