Cronje: ‘I mean it, no free lunch'

2009-08-05 00:00

THERE was no free lunch after Finance MEC Ina Cronje delivered her department’s budget speech in the KZN Legislature yesterday.

Cronje said far too much eating goes on in government departments and at the legislature, at the expense of taxpayers.

In June this year, the Finance MEC was criticised for hosting a banquet immediately after spelling out stringent cost-cutting measures in her provincial budget speech. The austerity package included no more free lunches for politicians and civil servants.

Yesterday she meant business. After delivering her response to the budget debate, which ended almost on the dot of 1 pm, Cronje announced that, in keeping with her department’s savings drive, no lunch would be provided.

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