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Opposition parties divided on Gauteng’s budget speech

Gauteng Finance MEC Barbara Creecy delivered her 2016/17 budget speech yesterday.

FILE. Gauteng Finance MEC Barbara Creecy. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Opposition parties are divided on Gauteng's budget speech by MEC Barbara Creecy with the Democratic Alliance (DA) saying it's generally quite pleased while the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says it was not impressed and has major concerns.

Creecy delivered the 2016/17 budget speech at the Gauteng Provincial Legislature yesterday and announced a six percent increase from last year's budget, bringing the overall figure to more than R103.3 billion.

The lion's share of the budget went to education, allocating just over R39 billion.

The provincial health sector received R37.4 billion.

The DA's Adriana Grandell says the party is generally impressed with Creecy's speech.

"I see a nice balance between existing infrastructure maintenance and new projects, which I'm also happy with. I see growth being addressed."

But the EFF's Mandisa Mashego says the party is not impressed and expressed concerns about the allocation of money for voter education.

"Voter education must be shared when there are resources amongst all parties, it cannot be that the ANC is setting aside R10 million for voter education."

Mashego says the party will give a comprehensive report back in the next few days.

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