DA To Lead March Against VAT Increase

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Democratic Alliance (DA) Leader, Mmusi Maimane, is expected to lead thousands of South Africans in a march to the National Treasury in Tshwane to oppose government’s decision to increase Value Added Tax (VAT) on Tuesday.

Following the announcement of the 2018 Budget speech presented by Former Minister of Finance Malusi Gigaba, which saw an increase in VAT to 15%; the DA has rejected the increase saying it will only make the poor poorer as food and transport will also peak-up.

The DA said instead of increasing VAT, the government should have chosen alternative ways of cutting wasteful expenditures.

“The ANC government cannot make the poor pay for their looting of public money, and we will fight this increase in VAT on behalf of the poor and the unemployed,” said the DA.

The DA has also called on the new Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene to reverse this VAT increase at once.

Maimane will be joined by Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga, DA Shadow Minister for Social Development Bridget Masango, DA National Spokesperson Refiloe Nt’sekhe, DA Gauteng Provincial Leader John Moodey, DA Gauteng Provincial Chairperson Mike Moriarty and DA Regional Chairperson Abel Tau in a march against VAT increase.