The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government has noted with serious concerns spurious claims doing the rounds on social media by so-called influencers that they were paid to promote 2020 Budget Presentations by various departments.
It has come to the provincial government’s attention that there are social media users who are posting disgusting images using the 2020 KZN Budget as their hashtag, claiming they have been paid to do so.
We want to put it on record that no single provincial government department has paid any influencers to promote their Budget Votes.
This has nothing to with the provincial government and to suggest that the provincial government paid influencers is untrue and plain ridiculous.
The government did not need to use so-called influencers as it is able to promote its Budget Presentations using it’s own social media platforms and has successfully done so at no cost.
Besides, paying influencers would have gone against the spirit of clean governance and Public Finance Management Act regulations.
Therefore, the KZN Provincial Government distances itself from these spurious allegations and calls for those influencers making these claims to desist from doing so with immediate effect.
Failure to do so may result in stern action being taken against those behind these malicious claims which have painted the provincial government in a very negative light.