Today, Tuesday 06 March, Democratic Alliance (DA) Leader, Mmusi Maimane, will lead thousands of South Africans in a march to the National Treasury in Tshwane to oppose government’s decision to increase Value Added Tax (VAT).

This increase of VAT will hit the pockets of all South Africans, especially the poor and unemployed as food and transport costs will skyrocket. Instead of increasing VAT, the government should have chosen the DA’s alternative, which would have freed up R112 billion by cutting wasteful spending.

The ANC government cannot make the poor pay for their looting of public money, and we will fight this increase in VAT on behalf of the poor and the unemployed. Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene, should reverse this VAT increase at once. Maimane will be handing over a memorandum calling for this reversal.

Maimane will be joined by Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga, DA Shadow Minister for Social Development Bridget Masango, DA National Spokesperson Refiloe Nt’sekhe, DA Gauteng Provincial Leader John Moodey and DA Regional Chairperson Abel Tau.

Details of the march are as follows:

Date: Tuesday, 06 March 2018

Time: 09:15

Starting Point: Old Putco Depot, Corner of Struben & Eskia Mphalehle Drive, Tshwane

End Point: National Treasury in Church Square, Tshwane

March route: Walk down Struben Street, turn right into Sophie De Bruyn Street, turn left into Madiba Street and then right into Paul Kruger Street. In Church Square, proceed to National Treasury

There will be an opportunity for questions and photographs