Finance Minister Tito Mboweni tabled his R1.95 trillion Budget in Parliament on Wednesday.
In an attempt to save billions of rand, Mboweni announced major cuts to salaries and benefits in the next three years in the public wage bill by 1%.
Bongani Bingwa speaks to Public Servants Association assistant general manager Reuben Maleka and Equal Education research head Roné McFarlane to weigh in on Mboweni's announcement.
The minister is being very naughty as how should public servants to sacrifice their salaries? They come to the PSA a day before the budget and they say they want public servants to agree to a wage cut. They knew all the time that they have a problem but they are trying to pit public unions against the public.— Reuben Maleka, Assistant general manager - Public Servants Association
McFarlane says, unfortunately, the country is at a point where difficult decisions are being made on how to spend the very limited cash the country has.
We are paying the price for lack of difficult decisions made in the past.— Roné McFarlane, Research head - Equal Education
Listen below to the full conversation: