Public law expert Paul Kaseke has written a detailed opinion piece on why South Africa would do well to fire all its deputy ministers.
At the start of his second term, President Jacob Zuma appointed 35 ministers and 37 deputy ministers.
I'm not even sure if the president can remember all of them by name, or has the time to ask them to account for what they're doing.— Paul Kaseke, writer and public law expert
With very little executive powers, Kaseke says that deputy ministers perform a largely ceremonial and political function at the taxpayers expense.
It doesn't make sense why we have so many of them... the reality is, this is just a bloated executive branch.— Paul Kaseke, writer and public law expert
According to Kaseke, deputy ministers make roughly R2 million a year - which they have hardly earned.
He calculates that, collectively, their salary bills cost the taxpayer R70 363 862 a year. This excludes the perks and allowances that they are entitled to.
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