The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) say they reject Finance Minister, Malusi Gigaba’s awaited 2018 Budget speech and are prepared to boycott the Budget Vote should it be him presenting it.
“To avoid disruptions, we will stay away from the house for the entire country to see that Ramaphosa is sustaining the legacy of disreputable ministers like Gigaba, awarding them with the privilege of presenting the country’s budget which they have ensured it benefits corrupt interests of the Gupta syndicate,” said EFF spokesperson, Mbuyiseni Quintin Ndlozi.
“If this is truly a new dawn, why must a disreputable, corrupt and unpatriotic Gigaba present the budget?”
Minister Gigaba is expected to deliver the 2018 maiden Budget Speech on Wednesday.
Furthermore, the EFF has called on newly elected President of the Republic, Cyril Ramaphosa to remove Malusi Gigaba as Finance Minister with immediate effect.
“This call is based on the fact that Gigaba is a Gupta stooge who was the engine of state capture under Jacob Zuma,” the EFF said in a statement.