Forever bearing the brunt of stiff increases in tax

BUDGET WALK: Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, second from left, walks to parliament with his team to deliver his budget speech
BUDGET WALK: Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, second from left, walks to parliament with his team to deliver his budget speech

The demands on the fiscus for meaningful corrupt activities, and among a plethora of other things, lavish unnecessary travel expenses, money has to be found.

The bloated bureaucracy with its more than fair share of inept members with their wasteful tendencies, constitute a gravy train that sucks money like a vacuum cleaner sucks dust. This has all to be funded, we get that.

It was interesting to watch a government spokesman being interviewed after the budget who remarked that in retrospect, the fuel price should not have dropped when the oil price fell, but rather should have stayed static so that the government could take up the slack. Spoken like a true government employee who has never had to pay for his own fuel.

I don’t, for example care how much they tax cigarettes because I don’t smoke!

Somewhere along the line, the minister referred to schools that had to be rebuilt because of shoddy workmanship (corruption?) and other needs.

Why must the motorist forever bear the brunt of taxation? Here was the prime opportunity to add one percentage point to VAT even if it would have meant adding some essential items to the deregulated list, in the interests of the poor.

Adding further taxation to electricity is a joke. “Save electricity,” screams Eskom.

We save and Eskom cries out that its income is dropping so it needs money from somewhere. What can Eskom managers do other than award themselves another well earned bonus?

Cheer up, they said, things could be worse – so they cheered up and things got worse.

-Conor Ward, Addo

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