THE Cabinet is yet to catch sight of the revised ministerial handbook, reinforcing perceptions that the government is not willing to act on its rhetoric against wasteful state expenditure.The handbook is meant to set guidelines for spending by ministers, deputy ministers, executive mayors, chief justices and other public office bearers.It first piqued public interest when several Cabinet ministers purchased what were deemed luxurious — and expensive — ministerial vehicles at the taxpayer’s expense in 2009.The ministers invoked the 2007 handbook in their defence.In 2014, the Department of Public Service and Administration said it was conducting a review of the handbook.The full contents remain a jealously guarded state secret although the Mail & Guardian published extracts in 2011.Department of Public Service and Administration spokesman Dumisani Nkwamba said on Wednesday an interministerial committee had completed the review."The revised handbook will be scheduled for presentation t...

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