New ministerial handbook still raises questions

The government has released a new ministerial handbook for members of the executive.

The new guide for the members of the executive took place in June 2019 and it lists all benefits ministers receive as part of their employment package.

From free travel and accommodation, to support staff and services, the taxpayers will also be paying for the DStv and domestic workers for ministers.

Nickolaus Bauer speaks to Public Services and Administration Senzo Mchunu on the changes made to the ministerial handbook.

It seeks to put caps on a number of issues that were not clear. One of them is about cars. It has been assumed in the past that once you appointed as a minister or deputy minister, then you get to buy a car of your choice.

Senzo Mchunu, Minister - Public Services and Administration

No minister or deputy minister is allowed to buy a car via state resources unless that car is more than 120,000km or is more than five years.

Senzo Mchunu, Minister - Public Services and Administration

The handbook also states that former ministers are entitled to business-class flights.

Not everything in the ministerial handbook is innovative and necessarily a done deal.

Senzo Mchunu, Minister - Public Services and Administration

It is entitled to them even if at the end they don't use them but it is something we need to deal with going forward.

Senzo Mchunu, Minister - Public Services and Administration

On DStv and domestic workers, Mchunu says ministers have official residences and their private homes, therefore, they cannot pay for all of the services.

To be reasonable is to say now that you have a second home which you wouldn't have necessarily needed let you be assisted. You are not scot-free from paying your DStv at home.

Senzo Mchunu, Minister - Public Services and Administration

Just because you are no longer in your original home doesn't mean you no longer have a domestic worker that you are paying for yourself.

Senzo Mchunu, Minister - Public Services and Administration

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