PRETORIA – Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane led a march to the National Treasury in Tshwane on Tuesday in a call for a cut in Value Added Tax (VAT) increase.
Former Minister of Finance, Malusi Gigaba announced an increase of VAT to 15% during his presentation of the 2018 Budget speech last month and the DA has ever since opposed the increase saying it will only hinder the poor.
“We reject any solution that says ‘make the people who already can’t afford the basics, pay even more so that we can keep on looking after loyal cadres’,” said the DA.
The DA insists that the African National Congress (ANC) together with the former Minister could have looked at alternative ways before rushing VAT increase.
Maimane has also called on Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene to have a review in the VAT increase keeping the people of South Africa in mind; “I call on you, on behalf of millions of poor South Africans, to reverse this VAT increase, and to find the necessary money in the budget items we have outlined for you,” said Maimane.
The DA said the government should cut the number of ministers in the cabinet rather than to increase VAT increase “We can trim our cabinet down to 15 ministries and we can cut our foreign missions by 69. That alone will save us close on R18 billion,” said Maimane.