- Helen Zille's tax revolt comments have invited controversy, with numerous entities condemning the move
- SARS has acknowledged her remarks and has, naturally, not taken kindly to them
- Mmusi Maimane and the DA have also distanced themselves from the situation, encouraging people to 'vote for change' instead
It appears that Helen Zille has managed to find herself at the centre of yet another controversy.
The Western Cape Premier has stirred up a fair bit of trouble for herself, with the Democratic Alliance making it clear they dissociate themselves from her comment and even SARS weighing in to share their disapproval.
Briefly.co.za reported yesterday that Zille declared that she would lead a tax revolt should those implicated in State Capture not face prosecution in due time.
According to Business Day, this has attracted vast criticism for the Premier, including a stern word from Mmusi Maimane, leader of the DA, as well as a swift reprove from SARS.
Mark Kingon, acting commissioner at the South African Revenue Service, lambasted the move, saying that:
It is inadvisable to propagate for nonpayment. In fact, it is advocating for taxpayers to commit criminal offences.
Kingon explained that it was 'very unwise' to debate a tax revolt in a country with South Africa's developmental needs.
The commissioner said the hardest hit will be those who rely on social grants to survive, even going as far as to say he believes it would 'damage democracy.'
The leader of the Democratic Alliance has also dismissed the idea, taking to social media to discourage support of the notion:
I do not support a tax revolt. Let’s win the elections and demonstrate proper management of resources of our people’s money. Let’s use them for the benefit of all citizens. We will ensure the criminals end up in jail. Use your vote.
Mabine Seabe, director of communications for the party, has also voiced his discontent with the Premier. He commented that the party would not be funding a campaign involving a revolt:
The ballot box should be used to tackle corruption. She has no authority to pronounce on policy,"
Nevertheless, Zille is sticking to her guns:
I said if government did not apply the law to the corrupt and powerful, I would resort to encouraging a tax revolt to force it to do so.
OUTA (Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse) commented on the matter, saying it would not be as easy as the Premier portrays to pull off a tax revolt.
South African taxes come mostly from 3 main sources, namely:
- Value-Added Tax
- Personal Income Tax
- Company Tax
What this means is that a full-on tax revolt would need the business sector to essentially cripple itself to partake.
A spokesperson for the organisation commented that this needs to be seriously contemplated:
The fact that national security will no longer be paid for, fuel reserves, water supplies, plus other strategic aspects of every day societal living will grind to a halt, needs to be more seriously contemplated before a tax revolt can start to be applied.
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