SONA cost taxpayer R11m, not R4m – says DA
The party says questions to the ministers of police and public works revealed that their departments spent R4 million and R2.7 million, respectively.
The party says the replies to written questions to the ministers of police and public works revealed that their departments spent R4 million and R2.7 million, respectively.
The opposition party says the state security department avoided answering the question, claiming that their enormous deployment to the event came from the normal operational budget of the agency.
DA’s chief whip John Steenhuisen says this is an increasing cost for South Africans.
“It appears the SONA is costing South African taxpayers in excess of the R11 million. This is completely ridiculous given more and more people are being pushed away from Sona, the security costs are sky rocketing and the whole costs of the event of the day are ridiculous compared to the opportunity costs of the day.”
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(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)