Is the Ministerial Handbook actually providing appropriate guidelines on what ministers, other office bearers and their families should be spending?
This is a question posed by Right2Know campaign organiser Murray Hunter following concerns over R900,000 in taxpayers money spent on Norma Gigaba's trip to the investor road shows that her husband, former finance minister Malusi Gigaba, attended in New York and Asia last year.
The expense is said to be permissible according to the handbook but Hunter believes ministers should not be allowed to hide behind the document.
Lets ask ourselves where is this handbook? The fact is the ministerial handbook has never been publicly released, it is still a secret document. It is only available unofficially online because it was leaked. There has been a torturous process in the last ten years to revise the handbook, it has never been done.— Murray Hunter, Right2Know campaign organiser
It has been admitted by government that it needs to be revised. There has been a torturous process to try to revise that, realising that it was an extravagant allowance along all of the things that minsters and their spouses are allowed to do and that has not been completed.— Murray Hunter, Right2Know campaign organiser
Clearly the concerns that people are expressing shows that perhaps these extravagant expenses are not actually permissible.— Murray Hunter, Right2Know campaign organiser
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