- COSATU are not happy with the VAT increase and are threatening a nationwide strike if parliemnt go through with it.
- The DA say tat is is an anti-poor policy and must not be implemented.
- The ANC's national executive committee has also raised concern against the increase, saying that it will have negative effects on the poor.
The Congress of South African Trade Unions is threatening mobilization of workers against the VAT increase.
They are threatening to call a nationwide strike if the VAT increase goes ahead.
“We made our submission to Parliament on the budget on Wednesday. If we do not get any results or positive response, we’ll mobilize our workers for a strike against the VAT increase.”
Former Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba stated in his budget speech that VAT had not been increased since 1993.
Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane stated that the party too, will soon mobilize and march to the National Treasury against the increase in VAT and transport levies. They say that these increases are regressive and anti-poor policies.
Maimane launched a national petition in Soshanguve in February opposing the VAT increase. Encouraging the community to stand together and become one as a voice against the VAT increase. He will table the petition in Parliament.
The South African Communist Party has also disagreed with increase in the VAT, stating that it has marked the beginnings of a regressive creep. They are extremely unpleased with the increase and Blade Nzimande stated that they want the decision to be reversed.
The ANC's national executive committee has also raised concern against the VAT increase and has put forward to government that they need to ensure that there are no detrimental effects on the poor.
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