The cost of SA's 'bloated' cabinet and all those ministerial perks

- | 6 months ago

South Africa's cabinet has been described as bloated, a monster and a waste of money.

In 2014, The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party calculated that South Africa's 35 ministers and 37 deputy ministers would cost taxpayers R720 million per year - or in the exaggeration of political speak, "almost a billion". (Ed's note: in late 2018 Ramaphosa merged the Department of Communications and the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services).

The official opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, has suggested that deputy minister positions should be done away with to save money.

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