- Herman Mashaba wants President Cyril Ramaphosa to trim his Cabinet and not increase taxes
- Herman Mashaba wants Ramaphosa to "cut the fat" by letting some of his 62 Cabinet ministers and deputy ministers go in order to reduce expenditure
- South Africans have shared their thoughts on Mashaba's call to Ramaphosa
ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba has encouraged President Cyril Ramaphosa to trim the size of his Cabinet before raising taxes. The former Johannesburg mayor claimed that it is now official that Mzansi government wants to increase tax to fund the procurement and rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Mashaba shared that this is the perfect time for Ramaphosa to "cut the fat". The politician wants Ramaphosa to get rid of some of his 62 ministers and deputy ministers in order to save millions of rand from their salaries.
"The #CutTheFat Campaign calls on all South Africans to draw a line in the sand and say ‘this far and no further’ to a government that continues to spend and live expensively while South Africans are suffering," said Mashaba in a statement."
Mashaba also took to Twitter to ask his followers to help Finance Minister Tito Mboweni and Ramaphosa with some ideas on where they can #CutTheFat in their government.
"I'll start: Don't raise taxes. You can #CutTheFat by: Cutting the Size of Cabinet, Stopping the SAA Bailout, Cutting VIP protection and Recovering Corruption Money."
Mashaba encouraged citizens to add their names to a list of South Africans that object to allowing the ANC-led government to raise tax until they prove that they have done everything in their power to reduce expenditure first.
Social media users have shared their thoughts on Mashaba's campaign. Check out some of their comments below:
"Let me add: Those under indefinite suspension with full salaries, stop paying them because it runs into hundreds of millions of rands."
"Sell non-core SOE’s like SAA and part-sell the big ones like Eskom. Stop BEE requirements for procurement as it’s just a fig leaf for cadre corruption and massive cost inflation."
"I'll get a lot of hate for this but here goes: selling SAA and allowing private companies to supply power (then Eskom doesn't have to be a government entity) we have literally wasted billions trying to keep these to companies functioning and it's just not worth it anymore."
"1. Reduce the operating cost of government by 30% in 2021. 2. Reduce salaries of all politicians... like the rest of the country! 3. Furnish a public reconciliation of how R500 billion was spent... we the taxpayers will have to pay for that!"
The nation's leader has also assured it that money will not serve as an issue in this process. In addition to this, Ramaphosa has confirmed that an inter-ministerial committee has been established to overlook the distribution of the vaccinations:
"The vaccine is going to be a major boost to our efforts in fighting COVID-19, some people have raised issues about the financing thereof and financing is not going to be a problem because we will be able to pay for these vaccines as we order them."
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