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
We hve choice to continue to moan in our dinner tables or stand up and build unity across class, race, political affiliation & show disgust— Zwelinzima Vavi (@Zwelinzima1) May 31, 2015
Consulting the 9 unions in COSATU, civil society and religious formations hope all will back the need to march in support of Chapter 9 inst— Zwelinzima Vavi (@Zwelinzima1) June 1, 2015
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
To protest against that govt allowed a R27m budget for nkandla to escalate to R246m & more— Zwelinzima Vavi (@Zwelinzima1) May 31, 2015
Why protest: every project escalate: MedupiR52 billion up to R130 KusileR81 billion up to R172) & the Gautrain (from R3.5 billion to R25.4).— Zwelinzima Vavi (@Zwelinzima1) May 31, 2015
I'm a firmer believer in participatory democracy and that can only happen when we have active citizenship. Representative democracy is farce— Zwelinzima Vavi (@Zwelinzima1) June 1, 2015
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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