Despite costs being cut for the 2019 inaugural celebration, the Democratic Alliance feels that the unemployed masses of South Africa will not benefit from the money spent. R120 million will be spent next Saturday to see President Cyril Ramaphosa welcomed in as the nation's leader.
The Democratic Alliance seems to feel that cost-cutting measures for next weekend's inaugural ceremony just aren't enough.
The event is expected to take place next weekend at the Loftus Stadium and will cost more than R100 million less than the previous one, reported Briefly.co.za yesterday.
Nevertheless, DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen remains unimpressed, commenting that:
“The fact that you're going to spend R120 million on a one-day event to celebrate the inauguration of the president, I think it’s a slap on the face for the million South Africans who are unemployed.”
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Eyewitness News reports that Steenhuisen would rather R60 million was spent on the occasion, half the current budgeted amount.
The opposition party claims that some of the costs cut will be redirected to already over-burdened municipalities.
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Minister in the Presidency, says that the state has done an outstanding job reducing costs to half the amount spent in 2014 to welcome Jacob Zuma into office.
Those who wish to attend the inauguration have been advised to apply for accreditation ahead of time, according to the minister.
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