We need to cull more than cab­i­net min­is­ters

Sunday World - - Viewpoint -

Well, at least some­one like fi­nance min­is­ter Tito Mboweni had the guts to tell our pres­i­dent that we need to re­duce the num­ber of cab­i­net min­is­ters to 25 in a move to help rein in the wage bill.

This is a highly wel­come move since it has al­ways been il­log­i­cal to have so many min­is­ters and their deputies.

To top it all, their port­fo­lios re­quire them to have body­guards and other un­nec­es­sary perks, which add to the waste­ful ex­pen­di­ture by the state.

While this is­sue is now in the pub­lic do­main, I would also like to pro­pose that we look at do­ing away with pre­miers and their MECs, who in my view also con­trib­ute to this waste of gov­ern­ment re­sources.

On top of that, we have di­rec­tors-gen­eral, deputy di­rec­tors-gen­eral, chiefs of staff, chief di­rec­tors and di­rec­tors who earn a lot of money with­out mak­ing an im­pact on ser­vice de­liv­ery.

This mad­ness and waste of gov­ern­ment re­sources has to stop. Our coun­try is fac­ing se­ri­ous eco­nomic chal­lenges and, un­less dras­tic mea­sures are taken, we will con­tinue to suf­fer.

I am, how­ever, scep­ti­cal that such a move will re­ceive the sup­port of our politi­cians, who in­stead of be­ing pub­lic ser­vants, have be­come kings and queens who leech on tax­pay­ers’ money.

Obak­eng Set­lo­gelo

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