There are serious concerns around the declared unspent funds by national departments, which is part of the factors that led to budget being adjusted. We believe this should not disadvantage social programmes meant for the poor. This amounts to R3,9 billion with a projected underexpenditure of R1,1 billion for the current financial year on service delivery and delay the completion of critical projects which are of utmost importance in economic growth and job creation.
Most importantly, part of the unspent funds include the employment creation facilitation funds which is R157 million and the community work programme worth R300 million. These are critical programmes for poverty alleviation, job creation and fighting inequality in our society. The EFF does not support the Bill.