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This is how much of your money the government is wasting

This is how much of your money the government is wasting

Much has been said about the cost to upgrade South African president, Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla residence, with chants of “pay back the money” still echoing down the corridors of Parliament.

And while the likes of The Economic Freedom Fighters and the Democratic Alliance have used Nkandla as a political football to win votes, a relatively innocuous sum of money – when compared to R700 billion lost to corruption over the last 20 years – has incensed the country’s citizens to a point of frenzy.

The South African public has been bombarded with media reports about government projects or branches using up millions, and often billions, of taxpayers’ money.

These range from irregular and wasteful expenditure at provincial and municipal level, to infrastructure projects which often balloon far past their original budgets.

The figures presented are often way beyond the comprehension of the every-man. So when broken down, how much do these billions of rands translate to an individual’s direct exposure to them?

Working with the tax base

While income tax makes up 34% of the fiscus, VAT, company tax and other levies effectively all come out of the pockets of the South African public and business owners.

Determining the exact number of taxpayers is a tricky affair. In May 2015, union Solidarity found that approximately 3.3 million taxpayers paid 93% of all income tax in the country.

This is the figure used for the calculations below, as it comprises the vast majority of tax-payers in the country.

Breaking the tax groups down further, however, reveals that the tax numbers are even more disproportionate – with 1.1 million taxpayers paying as much as 70% of all income tax, according to Solidarity.

To present the data as accurately as possible, BusinessTech selected three groups – the bulk taxpayers; SARS registered taxpayers; as well as all eligible tax payers in the country.

This translates to:

  • Taxpayers – 3.3 million
  • SARS registered taxpayers – 15.4 million
  • Eligible tax payers – 33 million 

This is how much – in theory – that individuals paid in some of the more high-profile cases of public spending or wasteful expenditure in South Africa.

Nkandla Security Upgrades

Nkandla

Reported cost Cost per taxpayer Cost per SARS registered taxpayer Cost per citizen
R246 million R75 R16 R7.50

The security upgrades at President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead have captured the most attention as an example of the improper use of taxpayer’s money in recent times.

The per person tax burden is however, relatively minor, at R75 – or R75 too much.


 

African Union Fees

Africa

Reported cost Cost per taxpayer Cost per SARS registered taxpayer Cost per citizen
R700 million R212 R45 R21

South Africa pays R700 million a year to be a part of the African Union. In June, the DA challenged the “outrageous” amount, seeking answers as to why the contribution was so high.

Described as a “colossal waste”, the figure splits to around R210 per taxpayer.


 

Prasa Afro 4000 trains

Afro 4000

Reported cost Cost per taxpayer Cost per SARS registered taxpayer Cost per citizen
R3.5 billion R1 060 R227 R106

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) hit the headlines when it was found that the 70 Afro 4000 trains it had purchased from Spain earlier this year, did not meet the specification requirements for South African rails.

The trains were purchased for R3.5 billion, which works out to an average individual tax burden of over R1,000 for equipment which the group has admitted, simply does not work effectively.


 

Gauteng wasteful expenditure (2015)

Gauteng Online

Reported cost Cost per taxpayer Cost per SARS registered taxpayer Cost per citizen
R5 billion R1 515 R325 R152

It was announced on 1 September that Gauteng incurred over R5.8 billion in irregular expenditure in the 2014/15 financial year – up from R3.8 billion in the previous year.

According to Gauteng premier David Makhura, this was due to a failure to comply with financial management laws in the province.

Translated to individual citizens, this is around an average of over R1,500 per person, that simply cannot be accounted for.


 

Municipalities irregular expenditure (2014)

Municipality

Reported cost Cost per taxpayer Cost per SARS registered taxpayer Cost per citizen
R11.5 billion R3 484 R747 R348

In June 2015, the auditor general revealed that 264 municipalities across South Africa had been exposed to a combined R11.5 billion in irregular expenditure in the 2014 financial year.

This includes fruitless and wasteful expenditure, and a multitude of non-compliance issues with procurement. Irregular expenditure refers to monies used or diverted to things they were not intended for.

Split among the tax paying population, this means individuals were directly exposed to about R3,400, on average.


 

E-toll guarantees

E-toll e-tag

Reported cost Cost per taxpayer Cost per SARS registered taxpayer Cost per citizen
R31 billion R9 393 R2 013 R940

The controversial e-tolling system has been met with visceral opposition since the scale and full financial burden on Gauteng road users came to light.

While Sanral and the department of transport struggle to get the user-pays principal to stick with motorists, the government has meanwhile placed a guarantee of R31 billion in payments for the system, which needs to be met whether Gauteng road users pay or not.

Government has already bailed out Sanral with regards the the e-tolling system, using state funds, meaning that South African taxpayers are accountable for just over R9,300 a head for the full amount.


 

Public works wasteful expenditure (2009 – 2014)

Goverment wasting money

Reported cost Cost per taxpayer Cost per SARS registered taxpayer Cost per citizen
R35 billion R10 606 R2 272 R1 060

In 2014, the public works department reportedly lost just under R35 billion in wrongful and wasted construction or leasing of state buildings over 5 years.

If you were paying taxes over that time, this would have come at an average R10,600 individual cost to you.


 

SA nuclear plans

Nuclear 2

Reported cost Cost per taxpayer Cost per SARS registered taxpayer Cost per citizen
R500 billion R151 515 R32 467 R15 151

South Africa has entered into agreements with Russian firms to construct several nuclear power plants in the country.

While details surrounding how these projects will be funded are sketchy and obscure, taxpayers will undoubtedly enter into the equation in paying the estimated optimistic R500 billion price tag.

If the entire project comes from public funds, it will be at an average cost of R150,000 per tax payer. If the DA’s estimates of the costs ballooning to R1 trillion become a reality, the burden would double to R300,000.

According to the DA, even if the initial estimate of R500 billion are accurate, the project is not affordable.


 

Corruption (1995 – 2015)

Corruption

Reported cost Cost per taxpayer Cost per SARS registered taxpayer Cost per citizen
R700 billion R212 000 R45 000 R21 000

In January, the Institute of Internal Auditors reported that South Africa has lost R700 billion to corruption over the last 20 years.

Breaking it down across the selected demographics, every citizen in the country has, on average, thus spent R21,000 in that time – or just over R1,050 a year.

Spread across bulk tax payers, the figure climbs massively to R212,000.

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  • RJ

    Totsiens Suid-Afrika,

  • Chris Renke

    Our government is a disgrace to the rest of the world. Cancer you have fail horribly give it up and call it a day with your Gupta buddies. That’s why the less I have to pay thus ROTTEN government the better.

    • Made Southon

      Duduzane Zuma is a partner of the Guptas in Idwala Coal AND the Brakfontein mine that will be supplying coal to Eksdom.Even though they operate illegally.Prez Angazi783 was behind this.
      Duduzane Zuma and Rajesh Gupta are partners in VR Lazer,involved in the R50 Bilion Transnet locomotive deal.
      Duduzane Zuma was a partner in the Vrede dairy farm of the Guptas,financed by the Free State government.At least R150 million of taxpayer money down the drain
      The Guptas had state help …with the listing of Shiva uranium,netting the Guptas R100 Million.
      Only the Northern Cape government alone spends R500 000 a month buying the Gupta Age newspaper.The SAA also buy the Gupta Age newspaper for all their flights.All government departments buy the Gupta Age newspaper in bulk.
      Eksdom sponsored the Guptas with R43 Million for breakfast meetings.

  • Real Ist

    US presence will be felt in South Africa…it’s already started. ANC’s days are numbered believe it or not.

    • Dtj

      I’d like to agree with you however the fact is the US don’t give a damn about these corrupt ass wipes, they do however care when these idiots start building a relation with their new nemesis…the Chinese and Russians. I don’t think they will ever do anything with regards to stopping these corrupt monkeys.. MHO

      • Rafiq

        If anything, the “outside powers” will only contribute to the corruption and chaos. It makes their job of ransacking Africa easier. Have a look at the rest of Africa.

      • Real Ist

        Agreed that the US causes destruction wherever it goes, but if the ANC gets any cockier and bites the hand that feeds, so to speak, the US won’t have any of it

    • mariuskoch

      Yes. Especially since South Africa now house the most terrorists.. ahum. sorry “asylum seekers” in the world. Very soon WE will be seen as the threat and we’ll have war in the streets and drone strikes. Only difference is, it will not be our war, but we will be caught in the crossfire.

  • iMcJaz

    Seeing these amounts makes me sick.

    • Yensihator

      It should make every voter in the country sick. Problem is, the majority of these “votas” will again grace these thieves with their vote while their lips are still wet with the “kots” from suffering no/poor service delivery.
      It is an African thing: poor Africans accept that corruption is part of the landscape, you’ve got to live with it. The anger that the poor man shows when suffering the effects of corruption, more than often has got nothing to do with the immorality of it all, but emanates from being prevented to share likewise in the pilfering of aid/tax money. To adhere to a moral principle even at your own disadvantage, is a European construct, a foreign concept in business African-style.

  • CharlieTango

    21 years of democracy. Viva ANC, Viva!

    • Bongani Shizwe

      This is apartheid’s fault for not setting up the system properly

      • Lorraine Davies

        Of cause it is apartheid’s fault, what isn’t, because the f*&^%$# anc cannot do anything for themselves they think that maintanance is a swear word, so we don’t have electricty and when that cow is milked to the hilt then they start on the water, and by golly guess what, it’s apartheid’s fault again. So much power apartheid has, that it still has so much effectiveness, after so many f*&^%$#@ years after it’s fall.

        Bongani Shizwe, go back to your shack, oh no you never ever lived in a shack did you?

        CharlieTango: I am not sure if you are joking but in case you aren’t. This is what Democracy means: Democracy = Fairness; Equality; Social equality; Objectivity; Basic JUSTICE.

        And the fact that none of this exists FALLS firmly on your anc thieving bastards, they have revamped “all for one, one for all” to “all for me, I want it all”.

      • Momz0r

        What “system” exactly are you referring to? Before the cANCer regime we had really, really good (world class) systems and service in this country. But the @ssholes who took over have not been maintaining ANYTHING! So please take your apartheid card and go play it somewhere else. Preferably in the bush where you came from!

  • Jayce Lane

    Imagine if the 3.5 million tax payers and companies boycotted the payment of taxes, for 6 months. Maybe then government will start to get serious about wasteful expenditure and the like when there is nothing to spend.

    • Dexter

      It will work for the first month then they will go back to square one, they are incapable of learning. We learnt this 1700 years ago when Rome fell apart.

      • apple bonfire

        “Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.” – Einstein

        • Tyrone Wilson

          “The trouble with quotes on the internet is you can never quite be sure of their authenticity.” – Abraham Lincoln 😉

          • Peter Latham

            If every quote attributable to “Einstein” he would have been so busy he would not have had time to develop all his theories – of course its all relative.

          • Tyrone Wilson

            Nice. Some light humour.

          • Greg Van Heesch

            Abraham Lincoln had internet in the 1800

    • Johan Meiring

      they will just print more money and take out more loans… which we will have to pay eventually anyway… #YourVoteCounts

      • Hein Pienaar

        Not to mention every time money is printed it decreases in value.

    • someone should start a massive campaign and we all at mass stop paying tax for a short period. Probably wont workout in reality but just IMAGINE!

    • the-TRUTH

      Let’s tax revolt now. We must organise and mobilise taxpayers to boycott by not complying to tax requirements for 12 months at least

      • Helen Lovejoy

        How?
        I can’t go to the financial department and tell them to stop taking tax out of my pay cheque.

        • the-TRUTH

          Another way of tax revolting is to vote the current ruling political party out on the ticket to the new government that they must reduce taxes. If this new government do not stick to its tax reduction promise, we can then vote them out at the next elections.

          We can tax revolt by not submitting our tax returns submissions – this means SARS will find it difficult to know who is evading or avoiding taxation – the more of us not tax complying, the difficult for SARS it will be to investigate…

          Remember, we have already started a tax revolt = E-tolls tax revolt, so let’s expand this tax revolt movement until our taxes are used responsibly with no more looting/corruption

    • Treezle

      This is also not feasible.

    • Ben Niemand

      The thing is they will actually prefer it! Then they can throw all of us taxpayers in jail and seize our assets for redistribution due to non payment. Viva!!

  • Lagmygataf

    South Africa now becomes the joke of the world, but what would one expect with pumpkin head thief no1, and then blame the ANC failures on Apartheid. I even heard young educated black people laugh at this moron when he said that.

  • Xonix

    That’s what happens when the masses are vark stupid and are controlled like the very sheep they herd.

  • Take the cost of nuclear power stations and multiply by 4 to get two trillion. That’s not allowing for the exchange rate decline.

  • MrDev

    Which township is shown in the picture under ‘Municipalities irregular expenditure’? Beautiful photo..

    • Flippakitten

      Looks like Knysna, Khayalethu, you can pick up a 2 bedroom house there for R90,000 if you’re brave.

    • Momz0r

      It looks like Houtbay to me. . . the photo has been edited to make the colours so bright. Just another place in SA where you can build a shack and then demand electricity and flushing toilets! Oh, and then when they want you to move, you tell them your father was born there, so you get to take the land for yourself. The hospital in Ladybrand certainly does not belong to me because I was born there, hey?

  • jamesdunne999

    What a load of croc! The journalist (staff writer – scared to put your name?) needs to rewrite. Do you even understand irregular expenditure? Its not money “that simply cannot be accounted for”. Work was done. Roads were built etc. but couldn’t pass the ridiculous red tape that bored auditors have put in place.

    The same Institute of Internal Auditors should do an assessment of how much money was lost to corruption for the 20 years before that with adjustment to current prices. Preliminary estimates are over 2 trillion rand. I don’t condone corruption, but let’s be honest. The fight is happening and the SIU and Hawks and others are taking charge. Its a pity we didn’t have these before 1994 as we then would have seen fireworks.

    i’m referring this article https://africacheck.org

    Africa Check is a non-profit organisation which promotes accuracy in public debate and the media. We should start charging journalists or staff writers or whatever they called for such drivel!!!

    • Marcan

      Upvoting yourself ?

    • Leon

      Dude, one always hears the argument about how much the previous regime ‘stole’ but to date none of you guys claiming it can reveal the source(s) of this intelligence.

      I am not necessarily disputing it but where is the proof as any self respecting ANC supporter normally asks when somebody is caught with hands in the cookie jar.

      However and please, I am not condoning apartheid, under the previous regime we did not have …
      1. Failing healthcare
      2. Failing education system
      3. Failing local governments
      4. Failing electricity supply
      5. Failing Telkom, Post Office … the list goes on

      Yes, there were a lot of other problems such as …

      1. We actually had a world class nuclear research facility
      2. ESKOM was a top utilities company by world standards
      3. In spite of sanctions we also developed cutting edge armaments
      4. And, we actually built our own locomotives and rolling stock

      These are just a few things off the top of my head as I did not spend any time researching.

      • Jonathan Pompies

        “1. We actually had a world class nuclear research facility
        2. ESKOM was a top utilities company by world standards
        3. In spite of sanctions we also developed cutting edge armaments
        4. And, we actually built our own locomotives and rolling stock”

        These were all achievements by “white apartheid racists”… Damn, we even built a whole hydro-electric power plant for those Basotho locusts in Lesotho – FOR FREE!

        Now they are going to shout “racist!!!”…

        Now tie that in with the image below…

        Stand up, grow a spine, be a proud white man. Remember, your parents (and probably you too) helped to build this country to what it was before 1994.

        ‘This is a general YT rant, not to be taken personally…’

      • Pieter

        You’re forgetting some important info about apartheid. Only white people had access to the non-failing healthcare, education, electricity, government, etc. Don’t get me wrong, I hate our current government, but the apartheid government was worse. You can’t say… we had X when 90% of the citizens weren’t allowed to use it or move freely.

        • Leon

          Pieter , pardon my language but you are talking absolute s**t.

          This is the typical lie that somebody utters and and a second person nods and a third tells it to someone else and pretty soon it becomes fact in the public domain without a single person having done proper research and provide proper measurable and relevant statistics to back it up.

          Speak to any previously advantaged person except the ones that have benefitted from their liason with the ANC, and they will tell you;
          a. they had jobs
          b. there were functional hospitals and clinics
          c. there was electricity for those who could afford it and looked after their jobs
          d. etc, etc

          I am not saying that everything was chipper but compared to the disaster we have now, it was paradise.

          • Bongani Shizwe

            This is apartheid’s fault for not setting up the system properly!!

          • Leon

            We all know by now that apartheid can be blamed for everything and I don’t know if you are trying to be funny or if you are serious but, the apartheid regime had excellent systems for everything.

            When the ANC took over they did not believe that skills and knowledge was a prerequisite for doing a particular job.

            They still don’t understand it.

          • Momz0r

            you MUST be joking, RIGHT??!! Things were just great and in good working order when the ANC took over this country! Then THEY put a bunch of poephols (mostly people without any qualifications) into key positions and THAT is the reason everything is going to shits! And the money allocated to fix roads, build hospitals etc were just put into a bunch off cadre’s back pockets through so called tenders! So don’t you go saying that apartheid is at fault here. . . “not setting up the system properly”, MY @SS!!

        • Here’s my take on all this. In 10 years time the majority of South Africans will be of the opinion that their past Govt has screwed them but will be intimidated into shutting up. Ask any of the millions of Zimbabweans who work/ are in SA! The ANC are not stupid,, but the path they are taking is evil.

    • Frank Payne

      You sound very much like an apologist for the current state of the nation. I don’t see much correlation between your comments and the stark situation which is apparent to anyone with eyes to see. The country and its economy, public service and public institutions are in a state of crisis, which only someone with a vested interest or an axe to grind can gainsay. In virtually every area in which we are measured internationally, we are on a downward spiral and fast approaching the status of a failed state.

  • Pieter Rossouw

    Thanks for Quantifying these numbers. What I would like to see added to these is the amounts paid in what I call Poor Productivity Taxes. Such as;
    1 The Additional cost of Car insurance due to high theft rates and accident rates
    2 The added cost to obtain Armed Response security for my home.
    All of these due to poor Policing.
    I recently did a rough comparison with my Brother in Australia – Moerse difference.

    • Made Southon

      Duduzane Zuma is a partner of the Guptas in Idwala Coal AND the Brakfontein mine that will be supplying coal to Eksdom.Even though they operate illegally.Prez Angazi783 was behind this.
      Duduzane Zuma and Rajesh Gupta are partners in VR Lazer,involved in the R50 Bilion Transnet locomotive deal.
      Duduzane Zuma was a partner in the Vrede dairy farm of the Guptas,financed by the Free State government.At least R150 million of taxpayer money down the drain
      The Guptas had state help …with the listing of Shiva uranium,netting the Guptas R100 Million.
      Only the Northern Cape government alone spends R500 000 a month buying the Gupta Age newspaper.The SAA also buy the Gupta Age newspaper for all their flights.All government departments buy the Gupta Age newspaper in bulk.
      Eksdom sponsored the Guptas with R43 Million for breakfast meetings

  • Thabiso Native

    WOW! Journalism in our country has gone to the dogs, a simple
    understanding of the word “irregular expenditure” will go a long way in helping
    this jurno understand the topic they are writing about.

    Irregular expenditure doesn’t necessarily mean money lost but
    simple means money spent in contravention of or that is
    not in accordance with requirements of the PFMA. Basically monies that were
    budgeted for something else were diverted and used for something else. (not lost your clown)

    Shame on the jurno and editor who agreed to publish this
    please research your topic especially the jargon before you make a fool of
    yourself, no wonder the author is “staff writer”

    • FezzaCam

      Wow. Ignorance is bliss…

      Irregular expenditure is not monies diverted from one budgeted allocation to another. There is nothing irregular about that. Happens all the time…

      Irregular expenditure is expenditure which was incurred that is not covered by any particular legislation or which did not form part of the proposed budget.

    • Konstabel Koekemoer

      Fact is that even if only half the irregular expenditure is actually money that was ‘lost’ it is still a staggering amount. And these figures are backed up by the lack of delivery by most government departrments. Huge amounts of money are spent on health, education etc but you don’t see the results, instead you see more and more expensive cars on the road and mansions being build in estates. It is very obvious that a lot of the money is flowing into the pockets of a few connected individuals.

    • Reginald Garott

      “Basically monies that were budgeted for something else were diverted and used for something else”

      Yes, spent on Nkaaaadla, overseas shopping trips, Gupta’s plane for Cyril, posh German cars, two or three houses for the politicians, expensive hotels for politicians because the bedroom of their allocated house was a wrong color or didn’t have double bed, on girlfriends of ANC cadres, golden handshakes, and so on and on.

  • Loman

    If there were ever a more compelling reason not to vote for the ANC, I haven’t seen it.

  • Riaan de Lange

    South Africa – The only country in the world where 90% of the tax payers did not vote for the ruling party. Let that sink in for a while, take as long as you need.

    • Loman

      It sucks but what can the minority do? Lets not forget that that 90% of taxpayers make up for a very small portion of the total population.

      • Jwk

        They could adopt the single useful trait of the useless majority – boldness.
        And TAKE their own province and start a new, non-racial country, that in a couple of years would be a better place to live (in terms of safety, efficiency, wealth) as Switzerland.
        But you won’t, cause you’re not bold. You’re meek. Disgruntled, but meek.

        • Loman

          Please stop smoking your underpants. There is nothing feasible about what you are suggesting.

          You are also implying that I am part of the minority / meek / disgruntled.
          I’ve no idea how you came to that conclusion and in light of what you suggest I can only come to one conclusion. Hence I ask you to please stop smoking.

    • Shivers

      lol beat me to it.

    • BloodSteyn

      I firmly support Taxpayer Voting… If you don’t pay Taxes, you shouldn’t have a say in who gets to use the money.
      Incompetent idiots (ANC) use my money (Taxes) to make empty promises to buy votes from illiterate morons.

    • Jonathan Pompies

      … and the average IQ has now been officially downgraded from 67%…

      • Reginald Garott

        66.6%? Too high. More likely as high as a bar of soap.

        • Jonathan Pompies

          … that IS the IQ of a bar of soap…

          • MelcolmX

            Just how does an inanimate object have any brain cells in the first place to qualify for any intelligence!

          • Jonathan Pompies

            … it stops you from smelling, Sipho…

          • Reginald Garott

            Yes.

          • Geoff

            IQ is not a percentage… that’s part of the joke

      • The pass rate is 30% 😉

    • Reginald Garott

      “In the name of equality, the disciples of democratism declare the word of the SIMPLETON as valid as that of the SAGE, proclaiming him not only fit to run his own affairs, as would be agreeable, but also those of the latter.” – Daniel Acheampong

  • Shivers

    Think this picture sums it up pretty welll.

    • Jonathan Pompies

      … and the majority of locusts are scared of a minority of a few million, so they BBBEEEEE them, take their farms, charge them rates & taxes on farm land, force them to give put their children in bantu education institutions, etc…

      • Bongani Shizwe

        This is apartheid’s fault for not setting up the system properly!

        • Jonathan Pompies

          … calling the wit baas again to solve the problem, Sipho???

  • Tanker

    Bring back Trevor Manuel..!!!

  • Munchkin

    This is the anc’s good story to tell.

  • Charles-Bronson Bronson

    Ye blame Jan van Riebeeck!

    • Bongani Shizwe

      That’s correct. Apartheid didn’t set the proper systems in place which is why this is happening

  • Chev

    two types of “wasting” in my opinion: squandering my hard earned tax money and not maintaining infrastructure, so above calculations covers only the squandering component? the last “component” which is immensely destructive can’t be calculated!

  • Sennen Goroshi

    Where are these guys getting the info that 90% of the tax payers are made up by the minority? Can one of you provide me with a credible source please

    • Loman

      I’m guessing the figure is thumb sucked. but with about 39% of our population unemployed and many people that don’t make enough wages in order to pay tax i’m guessing the figure is more or less correct.

      • Sennen Goroshi

        it’d be interesting to get the actual figures…

  • Wurnman

    Not to mention the fisheries débâcle a few years ago when Jumat-Pietersen wasted a lot of money.

  • Wurnman

    pity we can’t do anything about it.

    • Reginald Garott

      Yes, we can. Whites can all emigrate and take all the wealth with them and leave the ANC cadres to drown in their own cesspit (we will be forced to do it anyway, what with the ban on dual passports).

      Since most taxes are paid by whites (even VAT, whites buy high price items) ANC will very soon run out off money to squander. And that will be the end of bling as well.

      • Jonathan Pompies

        … & the farmers can close export contracts for their mpupu mielies so locust can import it again or go without.
        Resist!

      • Hack

        Yes, because all whites have the millions required to emigrate.

        • Reginald Garott

          They might not have millions, even if they have, ANC made sure that by devaluating Rand the millions are worth about one packet of cigarettes.
          But, regardless, whites can make living and provide for their families anywhere in the world. The question is, what would happen to darkies of SA once all whites leave? Worse hellhole than Zim! Zim still benefits from repatriation of monies by Zimbabweans from SA. But, South of SA is nothing but vast and cold sea.

  • Leon

    HOLD IT RIGHT THERE!!!!!

    SOUTH AFRICA HAS THE BEST CONSTITUTION IN THE WORLD!!!

    Well citizens, thank the BEST CONSTITUTION in the WORLD for this stuff up we are sitting with now.

    • Reginald Garott

      NO! Thank the liberal Afrikaaners idiots (like FW de Klerk, Roelf Meyer, Van Zyl Slabert and others) who believed that ANC can be trusted.
      And thank the imbeciles SA whites for voting in 1992 to have one man one vote. And thank the Western liberals for: “thanks to the adulatory stupidity of Western
      liberals, the terrorist regime was entrenched in power. “

      Now the chickens came home to roost.

      • Jonathan Pompies

        Thank you for that! Where can we send the Bell’s…???!!!

        • Reginald Garott

          Drink yourself Jonathan. If you send it, Post Office cadres will steal it.

      • Leon

        ….. who believed that ANC can be trusted

        I cannot argue with you on that score.

      • D Thomas

        Actually we have these problems because they thought that black rulers couldn’t be trusted. They wanted to make sure that even if their party didn’t win enough votes to have representatives in any wards they would still make it to parliament.
        That’s why we have this proportional representation system that allows parties to shield corrupt members and keep them in office even if the public would never vote for them if they ran as individuals.

  • rodmur

    What is the difference between ” a taxpayer” and a “SARS registered taxpayer ” ?

    • Yensihator

      “Taxpayers” pay indirectly (VAT, license and registration fees, etc)
      Registered taxpayers also pay these, but in addition to this they are registered to pay personal income tax (PAYE) as well.

  • Langjan

    Problem is, uniquely, more than 80% of the voters who voted the Govt into power and will continue to do so, do not pay tax.

    • Loman

      Its no longer 80%, but I will probably be 80 years old before any other party is in power.

  • Gerrit Prinsloo

    combine all those goddamn figures and all i see is im screwed, and to boot i get an sms form sars this morning that i should pay my penalties to avoid legal action, fckem

  • Shahn van Zyl

    I really enjoy reading these “Cost per citizen” studies. When are the opposition parties going to use these figures in their election campaigns? For example: “Your vote is worth R75,000… Don’t waste it!”

  • Hennie

    I am a firm believer in paying one’s taxes since roads, hospitals, schools, transport systems, electricity systems, communication systems etc etc must be built and maintained but when one sees how your tax is being wasted, stolen, misappropriated one cannot help feeling that it is a waste of time being honest and paying all your taxes that is due by you. One almost feel depressed and negative.

    Nothing that Davis is saying will make me feel any better unless he says, I cannot turn around this boat, and am resigning and then, for the first time in his life, he would have spoken the truth.

  • Personal Opinion

    Why not make it so that when you pay tax you have the right to vote then it will be a whole different story .

  • Pieter

    Now that News24 is turning off comments is MyBB baiting the racists to come to comment here?

  • Here is a great video on corruption in Africa in general:

    https://www.facebook.com/rabarshi/videos/741757249231980/?fref=nf

  • Victor

    And so what is the problem…… Nothing gets done about this corruption in any case. The majority of this country seems to think it’s acceptable

    • Made Southon

      Anoj Singh,CFO of Eksdom,and the previous CFO of Transnet, has been implicated in a R100 million kickback bribe whilst he was the CFO of Transnet.An amount of R100 million was paid into a fake company called Homix,where a Gupta man is involved,to facilitate a deal between Transnet and Neotel[as reported by m&g].

  • It’s not the waste alone that is a shame, the real shame is how many previously disadvantaged people remain disenfranchised & neglected!

  • Angry Citizen

    It’s so sad.The biggest thieves ar our Government. They can steal millions and billions they jus get redeployd but an ordinary person steal a bread to feed his family he gets 10yrs. Jus u try and start a small little business on the street then the law enforcement cum and steal your goods.That Corruption has filtered right down to regional level. I can go on and on.SAD SAD SAD SO SADDD. GOD PLEASE RESCUE OUR BELOVED COUNTRY.

    • Made Southon

      Anoj Singh,CFO of Eksdom,and the previous CFO of Transnet, has been implicated in a R100 million kickback bribe whilst he was the CFO of Transnet.An amount of R100 million was paid into a fake company called Homix,where a Gupta man is involved,to facilitate a deal between Transnet and Neotel[as reported by m&g]

  • Bant

    if service delivery were brought under the umbrella of the CPA…

  • WineCape

    ANC – African National Corruption.

  • hongkongpom

    90% of the tax payers didn’t vote for these ANC crooks to be in power!

  • Leon Lipschitz

    Who ever thinks the government has our interests at heart think again
    This is how the government RIPS us all off
    Crime – they profit BIG time from crime
    Traffic – the more petrol we waste the more money they make
    Potholes – the more we have to replace damaged tires the more they profit from it
    And that’s just the tip of the iceberg

  • Leon Lipschitz

    When the ANC government took over the country it was in working order
    Since then they managed to destroy everything good in this country
    When you have incompetence greed nepotisim people doing jobs they not cap libel of doing and a million other things going wild then this is what happens
    When people are hired and employed on their skin and NOT on their color then things might just come right
    As long as you have jobs for pals and we have to employ you because you ……..and you have no idea how to do the job because you not capable to do it this country will sink farther and farther into chaos
    The problem is many people ore too stupid to see it

  • Deon Goosen

    Just pay your taxes to another more appropriate organisation. I pay more to Solidarity and Afrforum than in taxes.

  • Paul Hughes

    Why don’t all the taxpayers simply stop paying tax to the government?
    We could open up a trust where all the tax money was paid into, which would be run by a board of appointed accountants who would manage the trust.

    He who controls the money, controls the world.

    When the government needed money they would have to put in an application for funds which would then be put to a vote by the members of the trust – the taxpayers. So when Zuma needed a new plane – the vote would simply be NO. This way, our hard earned money could be audited properly by highly paid accountants, and everyone would be better off. Sounds easy – oh for an ideal world where we all stood together.

  • Sometimes I just sits…

    I like the fact that this article takes the huge numbers and makes them real in terms that anyone can understand. I did a study a while ago that goes something like this: Laying R100 notes end to end along a distance equivalent to the circumference of the earth would use about R27.26 billion worth of notes. Now to walk that distance at an average pace of 5km per hour for 10 hours a day for 6 days a week (one does need to rest now and again!) would take about 2 years and 7 months. That makes an impact on me!

    I think that Journalists writing about the profligacy in this country should write the Rand amounts with all of the zeroes in place – R27 260 000 000.00 in the example above.

    These are just numbers to the people wasting the resources of this country – they need to be made to see the scale of what they are doing!

  • JJ

    All South Africans need to now stand together and cause a revolution in this country. We cannot let a mad man on the loose. This President has gone totally power drunk.

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