- Northern Cape premier Zamani Saul has said that leaders must show people that they are not just in their positions for the perks
- He says that government officials need to be more down-to-earth and closer to their citizens
- As a result, Saul favours getting rid of several luxury perks for officials
Northern Cape Premier Zamani Saul says that government officials need to become "social activists".
Since taking office, Saul has garnered praise for launching several cost-cutting initiatives.
These have included getting rid of perks for government officials, such as luxury cars, and redirecting the funds to service delivery and community upliftment schemes.
Saul says that current government practices make "the elected leadership feel like royalty", Briefly.co.za has gathered. As a result, he says that his administration has resolved to change this in order to be more accessible to ordinary citizens.
In particular, he says that the provincial leadership needs to earn the trust of the people, according to News24. He says that many South Africans are sceptical towards government and that this makes effective governance more difficult.
"We need to show them that we are not an elected leadership that occupies positions just to drown in executive luxuries," Saul explained.
Already, Saul has eliminated several such "executive luxuries". For example, he opted not to purchase new cars for MECs earlier this year and instead used the budget to buy ambulances.
Saul's proposals have even drawn support from opposition benches. The EFF in the Northern Cape has praised him for supposedly implementing EFF policies - although they have vowed that they will continue to hold the premier accountable.
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