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Free State budget benefits ANC election campaign

The Free State's MEC for Finance, Gadija Brown, referred to #BuildingTheFreeStateWeWant in her budget speech but she clearly does not have a clue what the people of the Free State really need.

The ANC cannot possibly be serious about building the province when more than R688 million is allocated to the Premier's Office for the 2020/2021 financial year, which is approximately R200 million more than the R446 million earmarked for the Department of Cooperative Governance which is supposed to manage the struggling Free State municipalities.

The Free State is going to have to forfeit R1,4 billion in conditional allocations due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Furthermore, the province will lose about R305 million of its own generated revenue.

More funds were cut from the Departments of Police, Roads and Transport than from the Premier's Office. According to the budget, the Premier's Office will spend more than R2 billion over the next three-year period.

The FF Plus is convinced that the Hlasela campaign and the Premier's Department are nothing but a billboard for the ANC. In the context of the upcoming local government elections, it comes as no surprise that the Premier's Office plans to spend more than R135 million on the Hlasela campaign.

The Free State budget once again highlights the ruling party's audacity to keep prioritising their own self-serving goals even amid the Covid-19 outbreak. This budget is not in the best interests of the people of the Free State.

The Free State's coffers are empty and the little money that is available for departments and municipalities must be correctly allocated and managed. The FF Plus will keep fighting for the correct channelling of funds.

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