Budget picketers want ‘bottom up approach’

BusinessReport

February 25 2015 at 03:06pm By Zodidi Dano

Cape Town – Thousands of people from as far as Plettenberg Bay travelled to Cape Town on Wednesday morning demanding a “bottom up” approach for the annual budget.

Just hours before Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene took to the podium to deliver his first budget speech, United Front supporters marched to the gates of Parliament demanding to be included in the budget speech planning.

“We are here to reclaim what is rightfully ours. Instead of using top down approach which services the rich in this country, government must start by consulting the poor about their needs. Go to each community and find out what they would like included in the budget and do not dictate,” said Western Cape United Front acting deputy chair Wafaar Abdurahman.

The United Front led the march with smaller community organisations supporting them.

Some of the organisations included the Right 2 Know, Pagad, Sasco and Numsa.

Right 2 Know spokesman Michael Kewusa called for government to stop catering to the wealthy.

“Government must stop investing money for the rich. Do not budget for us; consult committees, put the people before profit.”

Th memorandum was accepted by Parliament Deputy Secretary Baby Tyawa.

Tyawa promised to hand over the memorandum to the relevant bodies.

Cape Argus