- The DA has outlined in their 2019 manifesto that, if elected, they plan on drastically downsizing the amount of ministers employed by the government
- The party explained how they believe that SA needs to do away with unnecessary ministers and titles that were only created in the past to reward loyalty to the ruling party
- As reconfiguring the ministries and their functions, the DA has also provided a list of the proposed ministries after downsizing
The DA recently released their full 2019 manifesto and has claimed that, if elected, the party could save South Africa R5 billion per year by only employing 15 ministers.
According to the Sowetan Live, the DA claims that, in the past, ministerial positions were offered as rewards to loyal patrons of the party in power.
The party also said that this has left the government bloated with unnecessary positions and ministry titles.
The DA explains in their manifesto that:
"It is important to recognise that reducing the number of ministries in South Africa does not mean that we do away with essential departments of government entities. Rather, it means that we do away with unnecessary ministries, at least in principle, that were created to exercise political oversight and leadership, but have failed to do so."
Briefly.co.za found out that when former president, Thabo Mbeki, was in power, he added 50 government ministers to his cabinet, while SA’s last president, Jacob Zuma, raised that number to 75 during his tenure.
The 15 ministries proposed in the DA’s 2019 manifesto:
1. Economic and Enterprise
2. Economic Infrastructure
4. Basic Education
5. Further Education, Skills Innovation
6. Health and Social Development
7. Integrated Planning and Service Delivery
9. Local and Provincial Government
10. Home Affairs
11. Agriculture and Land Reform
12. Justice and Correctional Services
14. Foreign Affairs
Listen to DA leader, Mmusi Maimane, give his keynote address at the DA’s manifesto launch below:
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