Should Cabinet be cut?
Errol Eastern Cape The deputy ministers are really a waste of taxpayers’ money. They must go. John Sebakeng Gauteng They should be cut – we have two education ministers. I think nine directors-general in the provinces will be adequate to help them run education smoothly. The department that needs immediate cutting is the bloated presidency. Mmapi Seoposengwe North West South Africa needs enlightened future leaders and this can be achieved if we apply austerity measures. Cutting certain Cabinet posts and merging some provinces will save funds that could be used to fund students’ first degrees or diplomas.
The mergers could take this formation: Gauteng and North West; Free State and Northern Cape; Kwazulu-Natal; Eastern Cape; Western Cape; and Limpopo and Mpumalanga (six provinces). As for ministerial posts, some departments could be merged. Deputies could be replaced by highly qualified CEOs at national and provincial level. No need for MECs. The change should trickle down to local government. In that way we as a nation will be able to fund students fees. M Nyathela Eastern Cape Deputy ministers have a crucial role to play and should remain, but provincial governments should be discarded. Bongani Free State Deputy ministers serve no purpose. It simply shows that quality is better than quantity. Mahudu Nkwana Gauteng I think cutting Cabinet will work just fine. Robyn Andreka Gauteng Deputy ministers and MECs must go. I firmly believe that high-quality education should start in Grade R. Teachers should be highly qualified and schools should all be stable structures with proper, separate ablution facilities for boys and girls. All school books and other needs must be delivered to the schools before schools open at the start of each year. Without the basics, we are raising millions of children who will become a burden on the state. Joe Gumbi KwaZulu-Natal Tough times require radical decisions: deputy ministries should go, as well as provinces. If I remember correctly, the provinces were a compromise at the negotiations when that tribal apartheid machine ran amok in KwaZulu-Natal and murdered scores of innocent African people. Ingrid Bolt KwaZulu-Natal I think the deputy ministers can be discarded. Then the ministers themselves can get on and do the job they were employed to do. They are more than adequately remunerated. Nompumelelo Free State I personally think that deputy ministers and provincial governments are just one way of wasting money. The same with too many provinces. Nomvuyo Dayile Eastern Cape Cut everywhere, including Parliament and municipality employees. Cut staff numbers – too many with too little to do. Cut telephone costs and family benefits, and also travel expenses.
Thanks for not entertaining buying a new presidential jet. Jacob Zuma is scared to travel with other people, but not scared to do door-to-door campaigning by foot when promoting his own party.