David van Vuuren
DA Chief Whip in the Free State Provincial Legislature:
The DA today objected to the 2015 Appropriation Bill on the grounds that no additional funding has been recovered from non-essential service delivery departments, like that of the Office of the Premier, to assist essential departments such as Health and Education to ensure the delivery of effective, efficient and lifesaving services to the people of the Free State.
We maintain that MEC Rockman failed to use the opportunity to review the allocation of funds in a manner that the budget would address the self-inflicted financial woes of the provincial government.
There is to date still no reassurances that both the Departments of Education and Health would address their respective shortfalls of almost R800 million for Health and R1,2 billion for Education. We have repeatedly stressed that it is poor financial management to make use of current budgeted funds to pay off debt incurred in previous financial years.
This negatively impacts on critical service delivery.