This week’s medium-term budget policy statement is likely to put the governing ANC on a collision course with both its alliance partners and South Africans who have borne the brunt of mismanagement and corruption.

Critically, this comes just about a year before SA goes to the polls, in which trade union federation Cosatu in particular is slated to play a critical role in mobilising supporters for the governing party. It is therefore no small issue that the budget policy statement left an even more sour taste than usual in the mouths of many. ..

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