The DA is set to lead a march against the VAT increase in South Africa, which they claim will hit our poorest citizens harder than anyone else.
The value-added tax rate was increased from 14% to 15% by ex-finance minister Malusi Gigaba back in February. The DA identified this as an unacceptable addition to the Budget 2018, and have rallied against the move for the last couple of weeks.
In a statement released on Tuesday morning, the party say they are leading the fight “on behalf of the poor and the unemployed”:
“This increase of VAT will hit the pockets of all South Africans, especially the poor and unemployed as food and transport costs will skyrocket. Instead of increasing VAT, the government should have chosen the DA’s alternative, which would have freed up R112 billion by cutting wasteful spending.”
“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. Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene, should reverse this VAT increase at once.”
The protest will be orchestrated by party leader Mmusi Maimane, getting underway at 09:15 SAST. It starts from the Old Putco Depot, on the Corner of Struben & Eskia Mphalehle Drive in Tshwane.
From there, the route will make its way down Struben Street, turning right into Sophie De Bruyn Street, before going into Madiba Street and then Paul Kruger Street. From Church Square, the group will proceed to the National Treasury.
The demonstration will culminate with Mmusi Maimane handing over a memorandum that demands a reversal to the percentage increase.
Other leading party figures at Tuesday’s march include Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga, Gauteng Provincial Leader John Moodey and DA Regional Chairperson Abel Tau.