As if the stress of delivering the 2019 budget speech was not bad enough, Minister Tito Mboweni has received a stern warning from the IFP. The party has warned the Finance Minister not to use the event to try and make the ruling party look good.
Staring down the barrel of the loaded gun that is the 2019 budget, Tito Mboweni has been issued a stern warning from the Inkatha Freedom Party.
The IFP has warned the Finance Minister not to use the opportunity to make the ruling party look good ahead of the May 2019 elections.
This will be the first budget speech for Mboweni and will be taking place in the National Assembly tomorrow.
Mkhuleko Hlengwa from the party says that the nation is anxious over the economy and that the minister should avoid making empty promises:
“The minister is duty bound to step up to the plate and present practical and pragmatic interventions that are going to rescue South Africa from the economic slump that we are faced with.”
According to Eyewitness News, the IFP has a list of recommended topics for him, including reducing VAT and throwing out levies on petrol. The party was adamant that the Budget should not be used as an ANC campaign:
“The responsible thing to do is for him to present a Budget for all South Africans, without falling into the temptation of wanting to prop up the ANC with petty electioneering in the face of the crisis that we face.”
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