Less than a week before the presentation of the medium-term budget, a study has warned that fiscal consolidation is leading to a decline in the quality of public education and healthcare, and is hampering efforts to fight crime. 

The report published by the Public Economy Project, a Wits university think-tank, found that reining in public spending and reducing debt has seen real spending on education, healthcare and the criminal justice system fall significantly over the past 10 years...

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