Finance Minister Tito Mboweni is scheduled to deliver his mini-budget speech to Parliament on 29 October.
Mboweni is expected to propose cost-cutting measures.
Bongani Bingwa talks to writer and commentator Advocate Modidima Mannyato who weigh in on the upcoming mini-budget.
Mannya says cost-cutting measures don't make a difference to already bloated government departments.
We have rising unemployment, rising poverty and every day we hear that the state is on the verge of bankruptcy.— Advocate Modidima Mannya, Writer and commentator
He believes South Africans should be asking whether there is a need for such a bloated government or is there a need for a leaner and more potent government.
I think we need a leaner government, we need fewer duplications and fewer MECs. MECs are almost deputy minister level, there are a lot of shared functions in government.— Advocate Modidima Mannya, Writer and commentator
Listen below to the full conversation: