On 16 July, the Minister of Social Development, Ms Bathabile Dlamini, and her deputy, Ms Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu gave their budget vote speeches in parliament.
The Shukumisa Campaign responded with comment on the effectiveness of the department’s spending priorities, especially with respect to the Command Centre for gender-based violence.
Read our statement here (Adobe pdf)
Text of 2014 Budget Vote Speech by Minister B Dlamini (Adobe pdf)
Text of 2014 Budget Vote Speech by Deputy Minister HI Bogopane-Zulu (Adobe pdf)
Lisa Vetten published an opinion piece in Business day:
“The annual budget speeches delivered by the finance minister provoke a bonanza of commentary and coverage — then the chatter falls silent. The budget speech is really an entrée that sketches the year ahead but does not provide the detail wherein the devil lurks.
Flushing him out means paying attention to the departmental budget votes now being presented in Parliament. These suggest that budgeting is quite political and revealing of the nature of relationships between state and civil society.” Read more