The Democratic Alliance was left unimpressed with the R120 million proposed budget for the presidential inauguration that will be held at rugby stadium Loftus Versfeld rather than at the customary Union Buildings.
The DA criticised President Ramaphosa's office for the R120 million budget credited to the presidential inauguration, which is scheduled for the 25th of May 2019.
The Daily Maverick reports that a presentation by Parliament indicates the budget for this year's inauguration is R120 million.
John Steenhuisen, DA chief whip in the Fifth Parliament, said the spending is wasteful.
In spite of the drastic cutbacks being navigated by Parliamentary Administrative Services for the inauguration of incoming MPs, the public will now have to fork out over R120m for the wasteful excesses of the presidential inauguration ceremony.
The inauguration will be held at Loftus Versfeld Stadium this year, instead of at the Union Buildings as is the custom.
TimesLIVE reported that Ramaphosa's office made the announcement and that the decision was based on the plan to allow for greater public participation.
However, Briefly.co.za gathered that the DA feels this proves that the president's talk about restraining the use of public funds was nothing more than that - just talk.
This is the clearest sign yet that the tightening of the expenditure belt has only been lip service. Cyril Ramaphosa is not committed to ensuring the people come ahead of flashy political events that the public must pay for.
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