The Democratic Alliance has claimed that the presidential inauguration ceremony, due to take place on May 25, will set the South African taxpayer back R120 million. The opposition party says the expenditure comes despite assurances that the costs would be kept to a minimum.
The presidential inauguration ceremony due to take place after the elections comes with a hefty price tag, according to the Democratic Alliance.
During a recent media briefing, Chief Whip John Steenhuisen said the expenditure is high despite assurances given to parties that costs will be kept to a minimum.
Steenhuisen says that Parliament requested R606 million for the parliamentary inauguration, but that this had been denied by National Treasury.
The Chief Whip says that the public will now be forced to pay more than R120 million for what he deems a wasteful expense, reports IOL:
"While the South African public should be incorporated in the inauguration of a president, it is unconscionable that the presidency will spend hundreds of millions to transport people in taking precious financial resources from local municipalities to fund this jamboree."
Further to this, the DA member claims that 2 000 municipal delegates have been sent to the event at the cost of the municipalities. This is something Steenhuisen feels is 'incredibly irresponsible' as the funds will be directed away from vital service delivery:
"This is the clearest sign yet that the tightening of the expenditure belt has only been lip service."
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