Parliament - The National Assembly on Tuesday passed the Appropriation Bill and the budgets for 28 government departments amid objections from opposition benches.
Opposition parties complained that its been a decade since the Money Bills Amendment Procedure and Related Matters Act was passed, permitting MPs to amend Money Bills, yet Parliament continued to rubberstamp the national budget and those of departments.
"Since the passing of the Money Bills Act not once has the appropriation bill or adjustments appropriation bill was ever amended to respond to issues," said Economic Freedom Figthers (EFF) MP Mmabatho Mokause.
Mokause argued more money needed to be allocated to the office of the National Director of Public Prosecutions to prevent it from being "auctioned to the highest bidder", referring to Justice Minister Ronald Lamola mooting private funding for the institution. The opposition party also wanted Statistics South Africa and the Public Protector's office to be better resourced, and wanted to reduce government departments even more.
"We also agree that Cabinet is still largely bloated. We do not need deputy ministers. We don't even known their names, we do not know what they are doing but they are earning huge salaries," she said.