Maimane to launch petition opposing VAT increase

The leader of the opposition says the increase will have a negative impact on the poor and the unemployed.

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane delivers the party's alternative State of the Nation Address in Alexandra, Johannesburg on 6 February 2018. Picture: Ihsaan Haffejee/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - DA leader Mmusi Maimane says he will today launch a national petition in Soshanguve to oppose the VAT increase in Parliament.

Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba announced in his Budget speech that VAT will increase from 14% to 15%.

The leader of the opposition says the increase will have a negative impact on the poor and the unemployed.

Maimane's spokesperson Portia Adams said, “The increase along with the fuel levy will cause an increase in food and transport prices for all South Africans. The ANC cannot make the poor pay for their looting.”