POLITICS

ActionSA to take govt’s payments to Cuba on review – Herman Mashaba

Herman Mashaba |

20 June 2022

Party leader says current govt has spent in excess of R30m on Cuban doctors and engineers

ActionSA to take government’s outrageous payments to Cuba on review

18 June 2022

ActionSA is alarmed by media reports which arose yesterday stating that, allegedly, the current government has spent in excess of R308 million on payments for “Cuban doctors and engineers”.

This news comes at a time when South Africa is facing a staggering unemployment crisis, a stagnating economy with constant high inflation rates, and has consistently been ranked as the most unequal society in the world (in terms of the Gini Coefficient), and debt levels reaching well over R4 Trillion.

South Africa faces both the highest youth unemployment and overall sustainable unemployment levels in the world.  With qualified citizens at our disposal, including doctors and nurses sought all over the world, it is outrageous that our government continues to prioritise foreign nationals over South Africans trained in our institutions of higher learning.

ActionSA will launch an application in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) to determine:

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– How much was actually paid (to doctors and engineers respectively) (as opposed to being informed that this is the case);

– The rationale for making these payments; and

– Clarity as to whether the people allegedly paid, even exist, or possess a special skill (if any) that South African professionals do not have (and who remain largely unemployed).

Using the information above, we intend to apply to the High Court for judicial review of this unwarranted and despicable government decision, and possibly final declaratory relief.