Head of the budgeting office at the National Treasury, Michael Sachs, has resigned from his position citing interference from the Presidency as his reason for quitting.
Sachs has been with Treasury for over a decade.
It is reported that the Office of the President is searching for R40-billion in expenditure cuts from the medium-term budget to fund fee-free higher education.
The leader of the UDM, Bantu Holomisa says free education in South Africa should have been implemented a long time ago. He says we now need to look at our priorities and focus on those.
If the President is indeed instructing people at National Treasury, says Holomisa, it is a very dangerous precedent, because we don't know what he will next instruct them to do.
There is a lot of money that is getting out of the government system illicitly, and if we insist on controls we can still roll out the free education in this country.— Bantu Holomisa, UDM leader
You can't just do it all at once. You need to apply a balancing act. What are the problems now and where the revenue is going to be generated from to sustain such a project?— Bantu Holomisa, UDM leader
We have a lot of money that is paid to consultants while we have DGs who are doing nothing.— Bantu Holomisa, UDM leader
Holomisa says because the President has released the Fees report, it should be read and be interrogated before we jump to conclusions.
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