Dump all our costly deputy min­is­ters

Sunday Times - - OPINION -

PER­HAPS some­one can ex­plain to me why a coun­try, par­tic­u­larly a Third World coun­try, needs the cost, pomp and cer­e­mony of a min­is­ter and a deputy min­is­ter.

In 95% of cases, the in­cum­bent knows very lit­tle about their port­fo­lio, makes gaffes of note and costs the coun­try a lot. Never mind all the perks, such as the fancy cars, houses, travel ex­penses . . . I could go on.

Surely the an­swer would be to let the di­rec­tors-gen­eral of the var­i­ous de­part­ments get on with run­ning the coun­try? They could re­port to a man­age­ment struc­ture at pre­scribed in­ter­vals.

All we have at the mo­ment is peo­ple be­ing ap­pointed be­cause they are bud­dies of the pres­i­dent, not be­cause of their ex­pe­ri­ence or com­pe­tence.

A sim­ple anal­ogy would be shift­ing a rugby player from one po­si­tion to an­other at ev­ery game. The re­sult would be com­i­cal — like our govern­ment! — Tony Ball, Pine­town

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