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Sat Nov 22 16:12:24 SAST 2014

Bling-loving politicians deserve dressing down: iLIVE

Frank Hartry, Kingsburgh. | 07 February, 2013 00:41
President Jacob Zuma. File photo.
Image by: STRINGER / REUTERS

With the recent shocking revelation that at least 12 million South Africans go to bed hungry at night, it is hopeful that politicians, along with their respective spouses and partners, will have the common sense not to flaunt their wealth at the president's state of the nation address on February 14.

Last year, the parade of the politicians was quite revolting in my opinion, especially as President Jacob Zuma unavoidably highlighted the plight of the poor in his speech, as he will do again this year.

Perhaps the politicians could also forgo the lavish state of the nation dinner. Last year, the dinner and drinks cost taxpayers nearly R10-million, refreshments the poor also helped pay for in the form of VAT.

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