DA launches attack on ‘bloated’ cabinet costing taxpayers billions

DA launches attack on ‘bloated’ cabinet costing taxpayers billions

- The DA has launched an attack on the ANC over its bloated cabinet which is costing the South African taxpayer billions in unnecessary expenditure

- The DA wants President Ramaphosa to reduce his cabinet back to just 28 ministers from its current 35 ministers and 37 deputy ministers

- The current cabinet will earn R163.5 million this year and R510.5 million over the next three years

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) has launched an attack on the ANC government over its bloated cabinet which, according to the DA, is costing the South African taxpayer billions in unnecessary spending and holding back the South African economy.

The DA’s shadow minister of Public Administration Desiree van der Walt released a statement on Sunday, which makes some shocking claims about how much the cabinet is costing the taxpayer. Van der Walt says the current cabinet will earn R163.5 million this year and a further R510.5 million over the next three years.

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The cabinet ballooned to its current level of 35 ministers and 37 deputy ministers under former president Jacob Zuma. The wants cabinet to return to its previous level of just 28 ministers.

Briefly.co.za gathered that the DA has a three-point plan to solve the problem. This includes reducing cabinet to just 28 ministers, a comprehensive review of the National Ministerial Handbook and conducting lifestyle audits on cabinet members.

Van der Walt says a review of the National Ministerial handbook is required because its current wording is too lenient and certain allowances are much too high.

The DA is also a huge supporter of lifestyle audits which would, in theory, reveal any illicit money earned by cabinet ministers and would also keep ministers from splurging.

The DA’s report revealed that cabinet spends the following:

• Private offices for ministers and deputy ministers cost R1.09 billion annually

• Acquiring 39 ministerial residences cost R236 million

• The National Ministerial Handbook makes allowance for a total spend of R229 million on luxury cars

• Travel and sustenance for ministers will come in at R296.9 million

• Security services for ministers will cost R1.062 billion for 2018/19

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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