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DA concerned as Presidency to oversee national budget allocation

Minister in The Presidency Jeff Radebe says this is to ensure that government spending is aligned with the National Development Plan.

Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it's concerned that "signification functions in the budgeting process have been assumed by the Presidency."

The official opposition is worried about the implications of the government's new approach to deciding the national Budget, which allows Minister in The Presidency, Jeff Radebe, to take the lead in setting priorities.

Radebe says it’s to ensure that government spending is aligned with the National Development Plan.

The Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation has assured the public it is working closely with the National Treasury and that there's no mistrust or competition between them.

But DA Member of Parliament David Maynier has reservations.

“And it seems to me that the National Treasury has now been reduced to mere bookkeepers executing the instructions from what is increasingly becoming a super presidency. That is my primary concern.”