Nothing is free

2016-08-11 06:00

WE, the citizens of this great country, have been the victims of deceit by the ruling party.

From the birth of democracy, the masses have been promised free education, housing and medical treatment.

As any competent businessperson knows, nothing is free. Handing out free groceries at your local grocer will result in bankruptcy. The funds have to come from somewhere. So who pays for all the freebees?

In South Africa, there are only 3,3 million taxpayers.

Considering that there are approximately 22 million people within the working age group in our country, it is frightening to think that just 3,3 million people have to pay for corruption, free medical treatment, free education and free housing.

These 3,3 million taxpayers are further burdened to foot the bill of the huge South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa) budget.

This is to provide freebees to individuals who in some cases don’t qualify for these benefits. Another great idea by the ruling party.

The ruling party has promised the people of South Africa free services at the expense of us, the working class. I’m quite certain that the ANC does not have a trillion rand lying around somewhere to honour these empty promises, which were made just to secure votes.

A business will only prosper if the available resources are optimised. Look at the South African economy as a business — 3,3 million people is not optimisation, it is deceit.

Yugesh Heeralall

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