Cyril Ramaphosa urged to cut spending and shrink Cabinet
The DA charges that the bloated Zuma-era Cabinet lives on through Ramaphosa’s administration
The DA has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to act quickly to rein in the runaway budget deficit by cutting executive spending and reducing the size of the Cabinet. "If the president is serious about helping National Treasury rein in the runaway budget deficit, he will have to cut executive spending by finalising a stricter and more frugal ministerial handbook, as well as cutting the overall size of the Cabinet," Desiree van der Walt, the DA’s spokeswoman on public administration, said on Sunday. In his inaugural state of the nation address in February, Ramaphosa said he would reduce the size of the Cabinet and collapse and streamline government departments. He said later the decision to review the configuration of national departments would take several months after a "thorough analysis of the suitability and the costs of the existing configuration". There are 35 ministers whose remuneration‚ perks and housing needs are paid for by taxpayers. Ministers are paid more than R2m a y...