Northern Cape premier says he will get rid of blue light brigades

Northern Cape premier says he will get rid of blue light brigades

- The new Northern Cape premier says he will scale back the VIP treatment of government officials

- He plans to sell off luxury cars and the state house to raise funds for children's education

- His proposals make for a sharp break with recent government norms

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Dr Zamani Saul, the new premier of the Northern Cape, says he will be introducing sweeping reforms regarding the treatment of government officials.

He has proposed putting an end to bright light brigades and other forms of VIP treatment for officials.

Saul says the task of government "is to serve and not be glorified".

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Saul made the comments in an interview with CapeTalk. He said that he will run what he calls a "people-centred government", with less of an emphasis on providing officials with special treatment. For example, he says no portraits of himself or any MECs will adorn the walls of government buildings.

Additionally, Saul has promised to sell off certain government assets such as luxury cars for government officials. He says the funds received from these sales would be spent on ambulances. 

Similarly, Saul says the state house will be sold and the proceeds used to fund a premier's bursary, which will help children receive an education. 

Saul's proposals make for a sharp break from recent government practices, which have tended to prioritise VIP treatment for the executive, Briefly.co.za has gathered.

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Saul explained his position, saying, "We should at all times be critical about state power and the classes of liberal democracy."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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