Congress of the People has argued consistently and vociferously for consumption side expenditure and futile spending by the ANC government to be brought to an end. COPE, in keeping with its principled position, will therefore not attend the SONA cocktail and demands that President Zuma stops the wanton wastage of scarce public resources.
Spending approximately R2500 per guest is unwarranted. We believe that in a country crying out for social upliftment, poverty eradication and service delivery, optimal resources must flow to the people to transform their lives.
Everyone with a social conscience should decline the President’s invitation to eat and drink at the expense of the poor.
The Congress of the People (COPE) makes common cause with other political parties of the same view.
Issued by COPE