In a speech in parliament on Wednesday, MP David D. Meiney expressed shock at the fact that the ANC and the EFF rejected the proposal to give pensioners more money at the end of the year, apparently preferring to spend the money poorly managed and unprofitable airline.
TA called for an amendment to the bill to align the adjustments to "support senior citizens, improve road maintenance and improve rail traffic".
See: @DavidMaynier exposing the ANC and the EFF to vote against the P355 by the end of the year "surcharge" grant to pensioners.
When choices were made between support for pensioners and the SA Express Rescue for $ 1.2 billion, the ANC and the EFF chose to save the SA Express. pic.twitter.com/aZ3jjnTD96
– Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA) November 28, 2018
Maynier said the $ 1.2 billion increase for the social development department will provide users with so-called age grants at a surcharge by the end of the year, R355, which he said a lot in society desperately needed.
"We did it after the filing of the board of women's pensioners forum."
He quoted: "With our pensions we have to cover the usual expenses, plus the extra expenses for school uniforms, shoes, stationery and extra food, because our grandchildren are on vacation and are always hungry."
He said extra money could come from $ 1.2 billion, apparently already intended for the SA Express Airways assistance.
"The fact is that the South African Express Airways could be shut down almost immediately, opening up space for private sector operators that do not make taxpayers billions of rounds in financial aid.
"We believe the minister [of finance, Tito Mboweni], which strongly supports the closure of South Africa's Airways, will also strongly support the closure of the South African Express Airways.
However, Meenieer said that after almost three hours of reviewing the Boards board meeting, ANC and EFF members voted against a proposal for a surcharge by the end of the year for pensioners to P355.
"Shockingly, they turned deaf to the pensioners … which was easy for them, as most members of the ruling party, who serve on the approved board, are retired. But they receive a pension equal to the salary of a full-time member of parliament . "
He concluded that "when it comes to choosing between supporters of pensioners who are trying to reach an end and to save the plane owned by zombies, both the ANC and the EFF have decided to save the Zombie state airline."
Other reactions to the story included voices of disbelief that the EFF, which has promised to double social grants in its election campaign, failed to restore what was essentially a Christmas bonus for the poor and vulnerable in South Africa.
Is not it part of an effective election manifesto for duplication of all grants? (they are talking about buying votes), so why would they vote against a small bonus? The pension (> 65) should be an acceptable salary for everyone, without accompanying wires.
– odgewalker (@odgewalker) November 28, 2018
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