Revised ministerial handbook won’t stop big spending, says DA

Revised ministerial handbook won’t stop big spending, says DA

- The DA has come forward to criticise the changes made to the ANC’s ministerial handbook

- The opposition party are adamant that the revised document will not limit excessive spending

- DA spokesperson, Leon Schreiber, said that the revised handbook is just another broken promise, which won’t actually bring down government spending

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The African National Congress (ANC) has come under fire from opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), recently, about their revised ministerial handbook.

The DA said that the adapted document, meant to guide South African ministers on their spending, is not going to help curb opulent spending at all.

The Citizen reported that the DA plan to approach Parliament’s public service and administration portfolio committee, in order to appeal that the handbook be reconsidered and the guidelines therein drastically changed in order to cut down government spending.

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DA spokesperson, Leon Schreiber, said that the revised version of the ministerial handbook did not cut down costs like it was expected to.

Schreiber described the handbook as a broken promise, which is now just another way for ministers to spend taxpayers’ money on themselves.

“For example, the revised handbook does not limit the amount a minister or deputy minister is allowed to spend on ministerial vehicles. The previous ministerial handbook had an unacceptably high tolerance for ministers to buy vehicles, a bill which cost South African taxpayers at least R50 million in the last three years,” Schreiber explained.

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Schreiber went on to explain what this could mean for SA, and how much it could potentially cost the country:

“The revised handbook removes all limits on what ministers are allowed to spend on ministerial vehicles, allowing ministers to spend more than R1.6 million per vehicle – and the bill will far exceed what we saw in the past.” found out that, in the revised handbook, the amount for security for ministers has also increased – to more than double what it was in the original document.

“President Cyril Ramaphosa had previously committed to a revised ministerial handbook that would cut lavish ministerial expenditure. However, this had turned out to be just another broken promise. The revised ministerial handbook did exactly the opposite,” Schreiber said.

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