The South African Statistics Council, an advisory body that endorses the releases of data by Stats SA, has threatened to resign as a measure of last resort if the national statistical agency does not receive more funding and fill frozen posts.
Speaking to Bruce Whitfield on The Money Show on Tuesday, chairperson professor David Everatt said that R160 million has been stripped from Stats SA's budget and that all posts were frozen.
Bongani Bingwa speaks to former statistician-general Dr Pali Lehohla to give more insight on what he thinks is happening at the council.
It is a sad day for the country when the Statistics Council has to be forced to make an unprecedented move of saying he will resign because of misdemeanours from the government.— Dr Pali Lehohla, Former - Statistician- General
This is not new as in his exit report he alluded to what is happening at the council.
The cuts that treasury has made for Statistics SA were well above 1% and in fact, the cuts were 13%. To deny South African a legitimate right to information is very low. If the Statistics Council is destroyed where does it leave South Africa?— Dr Pali Lehohla, Former - Statistician- General
Listen below to the full conversation: