Mixed reactions for Cronjé’s KZN Budget

2014-03-12 00:00

THE Budget tabled by Finance MEC Ina Cronjé at the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature yesterday drew mixed reaction from political parties.

IFP’s Blessed Gwala said the Budget appeared promising, but it would not be disbursed accordingly by the ANC-led government.

“It sounds very good and good for the electorate and the people can vote for the ruling party. The fact is that the money won’t be used accordingly,” Gwala said.

“Tomorrow they will abuse the same funds under the huge umbrella of cutting costs.”

Gwala added that the IFP would challenge the R5 million feasibility study into the KZN legislature. “We don’t see a reason for a study every three years. There are many feasibility studies that have been done by the same government.”

DA Johann Krog said the Budget was uninspiring and was the worst ever Budget from Cronjé. “There is little growth stimulation and no emphasis on real job creation within the province. The MEC is a captive of political forces — she is not able to command the bigger political forces in the province away from wasteful expenditure towards real investment in the future,” he said.

Krog also said the DA welcomed the R39,5 million road maintenance for Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and R38,8 million allocated to the integrity management unit to combat corruption.

ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said the Budget showed that the cost-cutting measures implemented a few years ago not only resulted in the province achieving sound and sustainable public finances, but also earning interest that helped deliver quality services.

“The positive bank balance has enabled the provincial government to roll out massive service delivery infrastructure projects such as roads, clinics, thousands of free government houses and schools in all parts of the province, thus creating much needed jobs,” he said.

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