Millions have been allocated to fund upgrades on government buildings, including ministers' homes. Outa is outraged by the plans to fork over R750 million, dubbing the renovations as unnecessary and wasteful.
The Union Buildings, parliamentary offices and homes of members of Parliament and ministers have been allocated a staggering R750 million for upgrades.
The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has come out in strong opposition to the plans, calling it wasteful to the point of being outrageous, according to Eyewitness News.
The budget boasts R5.7 million for carpets at the Union Buildings alone and R58 million for a guardhouse and gates.
Dominique Msibi, speaking on behalf of the organisation, says that they are disgusted by the state's priorities at a time when South Africa's fiscal health is suffering.
“The entire country; the ordinary taxpayers’ money taken. I mean we all have to endure loadshedding and part of this budget, R3 million of it, has been set aside for additional emergency power supply for the precinct to ensure that the minister never suffers the consequences of load shedding.”
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that an Eastern Cape school has primary school students using bushes to relieve themselves as the Department of Education has failed to pay contractors to build new facilities and temporary toilets.
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