- The DA has told Ramaphposa that if he halves his bloated Cabinet he could save South Africa billions
- South Africa has one of the largest Cabinets in the world
- They recommended that Ramaphosa begin firing those ministers implicated in state capture first
The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called on state President Cyril Ramaphosa to reduce the size of his Cabinet. The DA made this plea during the debate over the State of the Nation Address saying that the country could save as much as R4.7-billion.
"At 35 ministries, each with a deputy minister, ours is one of the most bloated governments in the world," said Mmusi Maimane, leader of the DA.
"It is entirely possible to cut our executive down to 15 ministries, with spending priorities that promote economic growth and job creation. This would save us around R4.7 billion each year."
Briefly.co.za learned that Maimane said that those ministers who have been implicated in state capture should be the first to go. He said that if Ramaphosa was serious about fighting corruption he would use this opportunity to show the country that he is serious according to IOL.co.za.
He singled out Bathabile Dlamini, Faith Muthambi, Mosebenzi Zwane, Malusi Gigaba, Des van Rooyen, David Mahlobo, Lynne Brown and Bongani Bongo as the ministers he should fire first.
The DA also called on the ANC's practice of deploying cadres to all parts of the government must stop. Maimane said that those ANC members who have been deployed have hollowed out key government institutions in order to enrich themselves and a few well-connected individuals.
He blamed those ministers in the criminal justice system – the NPA, the Hawks and SARS for not taking action against corruption and actively ignoring it.
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