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DA welcomes withdrawal of green paper by DSD

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The DA has welcomed the withdrawal of the green paper proposed by the DSD, requiring South Africans to pay taxes that they cannot afford amid the current economic trials.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister of Finance, Geordin Hill-Lewis issued a statement on Wednesday, 1 September 2021, in which he noted that the DA has welcomed the announcement by the Department of Social Development (DSD). The announcement was that the green paper on social security tax of up to 12 percent has been withdrawn.

Hill-Lewis made note of the fact that after the initial publication of the green paper, the opposition party launched a public campaign to apply pressure on the DSD to do away with what the DA called an asinine proposal. The campaign proves to have paid off.

The Shadow Minister also stated that South Africans are already experiencing unprecedented economic pressures. Therefore, it is morally wrong for the Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu to suggest making the poorest of the poor pay tax far beyond their means, particularly given the country’s poor economic status.

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