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SACP Eastern Cape on the Adjustment Budget

28 November 2012

The South African Communist Party (SACP) in the Eastern Cape notes the Budget Adjustment as has been tabled by the MEC of Finance; Hon. Phumulo Masualle on the 27 November 2012. The SACP wishes to register its deepest concern towards the current allocation; looking at the implications of the budget allocation of the Eastern Cape province for the coming financial years.

That the provincial budget in real terms will be going down with billions of rands as more people are leaving our province. The current method of budget allocation whose overriding consideration is the population size of each province further deepens historical inequalities between and within provinces. We are of the considered view that, the current budget of our province is a downward spiral with all of us with our eyes open going towards a cliff.

We believe that the province without a financial injection by national government is incapable of avoiding a total collapse of the provincial administration. We further believe that such an injection need to be anchored on a total overhaul of the provincial administration to uproot corruption networks that have compromised the capacity of the provincial administration to spend effectively even the meager resources available.

This state of affairs will further deepen what as the SACP called a state of paralysis in the province. The sporadic actions by health workers is an instructive example of what is likely to happen if we fail to act decisively in order to save the people of the province from unnecessary death.

We note and welcome the allocation to the Department of Roads and Public Works for the repair of roads. The government must not used the allocation for the benefit of the tenderpreneurs and corrupt government officials but it must be used as the basis for the creation of decent jobs opportunities. The tenderpreneurs are the main reasons for non-spending in many departments as there are constant internal battles on whose company must be appointed.

The mid-term adjustment budget in our view is nothing else but a call for national government to help as our situation cannot be compared to any of the provinces given our specific history of underdevelopment and marginalization as a reserve of cheap labor.

As the SACP, we recommit ourselves to work with our alliance partners in the province to provide leadership on the above situation to bring the bases for a permanent panacea to the challenges facing the people of our province as less commitment to what we are raising will only be postponing the collapse.

Issued by SACP Eastern Cape

Siyabonga Mdodi
SACP Provincial Spokesperson
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