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23 Feb, 10 tweets, 8 min read
We have been against raising taxes from the moment it was rumoured.

Today, we can reveal our plan to cut over R23 billion from non-strategic expenditure, more than enough to fund a national vaccination programme WITHOUT raising taxes:…
We built this plan from our analysis of last year’s budget, together with the submissions of over 22,000 South Africans who participated in our #CutTheFat campaign.

Thank you for sharing your views on how government can #CutTheFat instead of raising taxes.
We can cut R235 million just by getting rid of all Deputy Ministers, their support staff and other benefits.

Deputy Ministers add no value to Cabinet and serve only as a tool of ANC patronage.

#CutTheFat @tito_mboweni #Budget2021
@tito_mboweni 🛬 We can cut R2.7 billion by suspending the SAA recapitalisation programme.

It makes no sense to invest in an ailing state-owned airline in an environment where travel is supressed because of COVID-19.

#CutTheFat @tito_mboweni #Budget2021
@tito_mboweni 🏡 We can cut R423 million by cancelling upgrades to the official homes & offices of public office bearers.

With South Africans expected to make budget cuts to weather the COVID-19 storm, politicians should be expected to do the same!

#CutTheFat @tito_mboweni #Budget2021
@tito_mboweni 🚮 We can cut a massive R1.1 billion if we reduce VIP Protection Services by just 30%!

#CutTheFat @tito_mboweni #Budget2021
@tito_mboweni ✂ We can cut R5.6 billion by cutting employee costs by just 3% across all 41 budget votes at a National level.

#CutTheFat @tito_mboweni #Budget2021
@tito_mboweni 🌍 R2 billion can be cut by reducing DIRCO's budget by 30%.

South Africa operates 125 diplomatic missions in 108 countries. In a post-COVID world this is a luxury we simply cannot afford!

#CutTheFat @tito_mboweni #Budget2021
@tito_mboweni 📉 Finally, R10.9 billion can be cut by reducing non-strategic and wasteful expenditure.

With an increasing number of employees working from home, govt should follow the example of the private sector & scale back on operating expenditure.

#CutTheFat @tito_mboweni #Budget2021
@tito_mboweni There is money for the vaccine, and we do not need to raise taxes!

But, cutting the fat requires the political willpower to turn off the taps on patronage networks, and defund vanity projects and other wasteful expenditure!

Please @tito_mboweni, #CutTheFat!

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