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DA ministers to shun privileges

Newly elected DA ministers will not abuse the privileges made available to them, claims Federal Chair Helen Zille.

On Sunday, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that six DA ministers had been elected into cabinet positions. They are Leon Schreiber (Home Affairs), John Steenhuisen (Agriculture), Dean Macpherson (Works and Infrastructure), Dion George (Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment), Siviwe Gwarube (Basic Education) and Solly Malatsi (Communications and Digital Technologies).

HELEN ZILLE SAYS DA MINISTERS WILL DECLINE BENEFITS

Speaking to Clement Manyathela on 702 on Monday, 1 July, DA Federal Chair Helen Zille discussed the party’s representation in local, provincial, and national government.

Zille stressed that incoming ministers would not follow in the footsteps of those before them.

She said, “We have zero tolerance for corruption; we won’t tolerate that anywhere. We are very committed to clean, good governance and efficiency.”

Zille was also confident that DA ministers would reject unnecessary expenditure afforded to them.

She continued, “I certainly hope they won’t take the full benefits of the ministerial handbook, as that is absolutely absurd. I hope they will pay for their own lights and water. I hope they won’t take two ministerial residences, one in Tshwane and one in Cape Town.”

She added, “I hope they won’t go running around in blue-light brigades because that has certainly been our policy.” 

MINISTER SALARY, BENEFITS

According to IOL, cabinet ministers earn over R2.7 million per annum, while their deputies earn around R2,2 million per annum.

Then, there are the perks of being in office. This includes:

  • Free water, electricity, and generators
  • Living in a state-owned residence, which includes domestic help
  • Luxury car allowance for professional and private use
  • First-class flights for official trips and economy flights for family members
  • Hotel accommodation and catering when on official business
  • VIP protection, including blue-light brigades
  • “Out-of-pocket expenses”

PIETER GROENEWALD REFUSES BLUE LIGHTS AND BODYGUARDS

Meanwhile, Minister of Correctional Services Pieter Groenewald of Freedom Front Plus revealed his plans to also shun certain privileges while in office.

He told EWN: “I don’t believe in blue lights. It is a waste of money. I don’t want to drive around with an army of bodyguards.”

Groenewald stressed his focus on punctuality and efficiency instead.

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