Democratic Alliance (DA) leader, Mmusi Maimane, has launched the petition against the raising of VAT by one percentage point to 15%.

Finance Minister, Malusi Gigaba announced in his budget speech that VAT would be increased for the first time since 1994. This is in an attempt to plug a R50 billion budget deficit.

Maimane launched the petition in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria on Saturday.  He said the poor would be hardest hit by the VAT hike.

Maimane called on all South Africans to sign their petition and to help the DA oppose the VAT increase in parliament.

“It has to come to parliament and I want you to ask all your members of parliament that when we vote for the VAT, for the appropriations bill, we must stand together.”

“If the ANC wants to oppose VAT like the DA opposes VAT, go to parliament and vote against it. The petition will be online. When you go register to vote also register your name and surname and say we oppose VAT.”

Also labour federation, Saftu  is planning what it says will be a massive strike aimed at reversing the 1% in VAT that was announced by Finance Minister.

Saftu General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi says unions and workers from all walks of life should unite to reverse the decision which will hit the poor hardest.

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