Vavi urges South Africans to show "collective disgust" over government spending

Fueled by the findings released in the Police Minister’s report, which absolves the President from paying anything for security upgrades to his Nkandla home, Zwelinzima Vavi has called for South Africans to show their collective dissatisfaction over excessive government spending and inefficient use of the taxpayers money.

Vavi expressed that the Nkandla report findings by Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko undermine the authority of the public protector and challenges South Africa's constitutional democracy.

I have asked the question if people will have the appetite to march to the Union Buildings in defense of our Constitution. The Public Protector has been completely undermined by the Minister of Police’s Nkandla report.

Zwelinzima Vavi, former Cosatu General Secretary

Dissatisfaction at the escalating costs of government projects

Vavi says that the public should be concerned at the exorbitant spending on government projects, beyond just Nkandla.

He cites recent overspending on power plant projects Medupi and Kusile, the Gautrain and an Auditor-General report detailing the inflation of public servant's costs.

It’s time to say to government that they can’t do this forever. People must stand up and show their dissatisfaction.

Zwelinzima Vavi, former Cosatu General Secretary

Vavi says that the overspending on government projects is a dereliction of its duties. He says that the government has the responsibility to ensure that the taxpayer’s money is spent efficiently and productively.

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