Ramaphosa promises to cut bloated cabinet

President Cyril Ramaphosa wants to reduce the size of the cabinet and national government departments.

February 16, 2018. President Cyril Ramaphosa deliver the State of the Nation Address in parliament, Cape Town. PICTURE: ESA ALEXANDER/SUNDAY TIMES

Ramaphosa made the dramatic announced during the delivery of his state of the nation address before a joint sitting of parliament.

He said it was important for the size of government to respond to efficient use of public funds.

“Growth‚ development and transformation depend on a strong and capable state.

“It is critical that the structure and size of the state is optimally suited to meet the needs of the people and ensure the most efficient allocation of public resources. We will therefore initiate a process to review the configuration‚ number and size of national government departments‚” he said.

The size of the current cabinet has long been criticised as too bloated and wasteful following its controversial expansion by former president Jacob Zuma in 2009.

The size of the current cabinet has long been criticised as too bloated and wasteful following its controversial expansion by former president Jacob Zuma in 2009.

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Civil society bodies and opposition parties have also been calling for the size of the cabinet to be reduced.

There are currently 35 cabinet ministers and 37 deputy ministers‚ all allocated official houses – one in Cape Town and one in Pretoria – with support staff stationed in the two cities.

The running of the cabinet is estimated to cost the taxpayer up to R720-million per year.

Each of the cabinet ministers currently earns more than R2-million a year while deputy ministers earn just over R1‚9-million per annum.

By: Thabo Mokone – TimesLIVE

Source: TMG Digital.


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