- Julius Malema says that the state should not provide ministers with cars and houses
- He added that the Cabinet was bloated and that there were too many government departments
- He proposed reducing perks for ministers and merging certain departments together
Julius Malema has said that government must stop spoiling ministers.
He made the comments during a Workers' Day rally in Johannesburg.
The EFF leader said that Cabinet was overstaffed and that it was a waste of money to for the state to provide ministers with homes and cars.
Malema said that ministers should pay for their own houses and vehicles, as they already receive large salaries from the state.
Additionally, he slammed government ministers who eat food at meetings paid for by the state, while workers are forced to eat from their own lunchboxes.
"This must end, these people must also carry lunchboxes, even if it contains mopane worms it is none of our business," Malema said.
His remarks as part of a broader criticism of the size of government. For example, he argued that several government departments should be closed completely. He suggested that the department of communications and telecommunications should be shut down, for instance.
He also proposed merging the department of science and technology with higher education, as well as merging sport and recreation with arts and culture, according to TimesLive.
Malema also called for Parliament to be relocated from Cape Town to Pretoria. He said that this would be a way to remove Parliament from the influence of politicians, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
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