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Eusebius McKaiser called the DA a “right-wing libertarian” group in a recent column on news24.com. This is such nonsense. The DA is a socialist-redistributionist-nanny-government of the Western Cape.
Helen Zille explains just how redistributive the DA really is in this week’s SA Today, her weekly newsletter.
An analysis of the four biggest departmental budgets in the Western Cape Government (which collectively account for an expenditure of R32.174-billion, which is 80% of the provincial budget) reflects the extent of redistribution to the poor.
The breakdown is as follows:
- Health directs R11.419 billion of its budget towards the poor, which is 78% of its total;
- Education spends R10.1 billion which is 71%;
- Human Settlements spends R 1.725 billion which is 90%;
- Social Development spends R 1.224 billion which is 87%.
Some of the interventions introduced by these departments include:
- Health: 80% of patients receiving treatment at Western Cape public hospitals receive free services or pay a nominal fee as they fall into an income bracket below R36 000 (single persons) or R50 000 (family units).
- Education: 80.2% (R610 million) allocated for textbooks, stationery, learner transport and feeding schemes goes to the poorest 60% of learners.
- R516.6 million is allocated to 673 “no fee” schools in the province. The DA government has significantly increased the number of “no fee” schools compared to the ANC administration.
- The Western Cape has also “top sliced” the number of teacher posts at the “least poor” public schools, in order to redistribute an additional R500 million more for teaching posts to the poorest schools.
- Human Settlements: The provincial department is currently running 12 different housing projects in the Cape metro area alone. Approximately 9,600 sites will be serviced and 15,000 housing units will be built across the province.
- Social Development: The department spends R406 million on subsidies for early childhood development (ECD) and child protection in poor communities.
- The Province funds 1,002 ECD centres across the province, 70 after school centres and 36 children homes.
- It also funds 126 old age homes and 226 service centres for older persons.
- There are also 31 homes for disabled people.
Bottom line: The DA loves to take from the productive people and give to less productive people. It is exactly this policy that keeps those people in poverty, because it incentivises people to be poor. Why be hard working and productive if your government will, once you drop below the poverty line, take from the rich to support you?
Hey, Eusebius, is this what your version of a “right-wing libertarian” party looks like? Puhlease.