South Africa: Protesters Outside Parliament Demand an End to Cuts, More Education Spend and No Bailout for SAA - Did Mboweni Listen?

South African Finance Minister Tito Mboweni tables the 2020 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement, October 28, 2020.
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Ahead of the delivery of Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni's medium-term budget speech, Equal Education picketed outside Parliament demanding more money for basic education. Black Sash demanded permanent social assistance for unemployed people, while the DA was there to oppose a bailout for SAA. Daily Maverick unpacks the demands - and whether Mboweni took note in his speech.

About 50 people gathered outside Parliament on mini-budget day with demands varying from more funding for the basic education department, a basic income grant and to not bailout the troubled SAA.

Equalizers, which are high school learners who form part of Equal Education (EE), sang while holding placards demanding more funding for basic education. This was happening while finance minister Tito Mboweni's supplementary budget R2.1 billion was cut from the Department of Basic Education.

"We're here because we want Mboweni to reverse the budget cuts. These budget cuts mean that there won't be sufficient money to build schools and to provide sanitation," said Ayanda Sali, an Equal Education (EE) organiser.

According to a statement released by EE, the budget cuts have resulted in "1938 school projects funding through the Education Infrastructure Grant (EIG) being stopped or...

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