Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba is set to deliver his mid-term budget speech in Parliament on Wednesday afternoon, sharing government's spending plans for the next three years.
This is his first major speech since taking over from Pravin Gordhan seven months ago.
While the Democratic Alliance (DA) has spelled out its expectations, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says it will be listening to the address with much despondency.
The party's spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says the circumstances surrounding Gigaba's appointment and links to state capture represent a serious risk to Treasury, and they will be guarding against this.
We come with a lot of despondency to Parliament today to listen to Malusi Gigaba.— Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, EFF Spokesperson
He is there to consolidate all the efforts of kleptocratic aims of the Gupta-Zuma clique and that is what we need to keep in mind in relation to every action he takes.— Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, EFF Spokesperson
He has wrecked havoc to Treasury with a lot of people resigning, and senior officials who do not feel included in processes We do not even know if there has been proper consultation in relation to the planning of this budget.— Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, EFF Spokesperson
Ndlozi lists pressing issues of free education and job creation which should be prioritised, but insists Gigaba is not capable of addressing these.
He says EFF is also concerned about access to education for all.
This budget, one of the most important things it will have to pronounce itself on is what is it going to do with the state of affairs in relation to universities and access thereof.— Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, EFF Spokesperson
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This article first appeared on 702 : EFF: Gigaba will consolidate all the kleptocratic aims of the Gupta-Zuma clique