COSATU in the Western Cape says it is ready for its strike action today against job losses in the province. The march to Parliament is set to take place on the eve of the budget speech. Cosatu says it is
also calling for the scrapping of VAT. Several organisations such as teachers' union SADTU, police union POPCRU and the South African Clothing and Textile Workers Union (SACTWU) are expected to take part in the march. Cosatu's Provincial Secretary Malvern de Bruyn: "There's no better time than Tuesday because they can just increase the wealth because there's many other ways to create more funds because the increase of VAT that directly affects the poorest of the poor. These company taxes
they can get more money into the fiscus. You need to do that unfortunately. On Tuesday we will show them that people are not happy about the VAT increase."