South Africa: Give Us a Peoples' Budget, Protesters Demand Ahead of Mboweni Address

South African Finance Minister Tito Mboweni prepares to deliver his Budget speech on February 26, 2020.
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Cape Town was abuzz with protests as civil society groups ensured their voices were heard ahead of Finance Minister Tito Mboweni's annual Budget speech.

As Finance Minister Tito Mboweni got ready to deliver his Budget speech, outside Parliament, about 50 women from various organisations gathered to demand that women's needs be prioritised in Budget2020. Organisations present included the Women's Circle, Ubuntu Rural Women and Youth Movement, the Sisterhood Movement, Bonteheuwel Walking Ladies, Right2Know and the National Wastepicker movement, among others.

Wendy Pekeur from Sikhula Sonke, a women-focused trade union for farm workers said the organisations had gathered to develop demands for a "women's budget".

"We are here to say to the minister, don't do budgets without engaging us women, because we want to inform the Budget. We want the Budget to be responsive to the needs of women in the country. We are the majority in the country, we are the backbone of our communities."

She said often when budget cuts are made, it's in the area of social services of which women are most in need.

Her organisation wanted Budget2020 to prioritise safe homes for victims of abuse and for Mboweni to outline where the R1.6-billion that was allocated...

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