‘Budget proof is in the eating’

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Pieter Mulder INLSA The leader of Freedom Front Plus Pieter Mulder. Picture: Sarah Makoe.

Johannesburg - The implementation of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's budget will be the litmus test to judge its success, Freedom Front Plus leader Pieter Mulder said outside Parliament on Wednesday.

“Let's be thankful there is a plan... the test will be the implementation,” said Mulder.

He said last year's labour unrest caused R17 billion in a loss of revenue and a rise in debt but the balanced nature of the budget served to address the short-fall.

Mulder was pleased with Gordhan's announcement that the Chief Procurement Office (CPO) was being set up as a means to combat corruption.

“The risk may be a bottle neck. There are many plans that can happen. Let's give it (the CPO) a chance because nothing is working.”

But he expressed disappointment with the government opting to increase the fuel levy.

“We are very positive on corruption though disappointed with the fuel levy,” said Mulder. - Sapa

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