Former ANC treasurer-general Mathews Phosa has called for the reorientation of the state’s spending on the poor. He also wants a halt to be put on pumping fortunes into state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and an acceleration of land settlement.
Phosa, in an interview with City Press at his Bryanston office, said the state should reallocate the resources it uses for continuously bailing out parastatals to pro-poor programmes.
“I think the state should reorientate its spending towards the poor. I don’t care about the rich – they can look after themselves. But the poor – what must you do; you define them out of education. That’s not right, you define them into education because then you have a workforce that is not illiterate, and that is productive as well,” said Phosa, who is being touted as a possible presidential candidate.