We need to cull more than cabinet ministers
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.