DA proposes new ministerial handbook for Gauteng

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has proposed a new ministerial handbook for Gauteng, which the party says will cut out all luxuries and abuse of public funds, including the banning of government credit cards.

The new handbook is part of a broader strategy to end the abuse that causes R6 billion of public funds to be lost to wasteful and irregular expenditure every year in Gauteng, the DA said.

“One of our first acts in provincial government will be to pass this new handbook in line with our policy to cut corruption and create jobs in Gauteng,” the political party said.

Further measures include opening tender adjudication committees to the public, passing a law to prevent civil servants from doing business in the state, and a strict policy of not allowing anyone convicted of corruption to hold public office.

The new Handbook would implement the following structures:

  • Ban government credit cards;
  • Ban the use of 5 star hotels for overnight stays;
  • Ban all cabinet members from involvement in entities doing business with the state;
  • Slash the allowed cost of Official Vehicles from 70% to 40% of a Member’s salary;
  • Limit flights less than 8 hours to economy class for all Members;
  • Limit all car rentals to D class vehicles;
  • Implement strict provisions for basic security upgrades.

The DA said that under current premier Nomvula Mokonyane, Gauteng has seen the immense abuse of state resources.

This included:

  • R1.2 million spent on new furniture for the official premier’s residence in Bryanston and R574 000 on repairs to the swimming pool;
  • R238 000  spent on hired cars over the last 3 years. In 2011, R91 414 was spent on 12 luxury vehicles over 44 days; R94 885 in 2012 for 12 luxury vehicles over 30 days; and R48 292 for 5 vehicles over 19 days;
  • The Premier purchased a R1.3 million Mercedes ML63 as her Official Vehicle;
  • Premier Mokonyane was let off the hook by the legislature’s Ethics Committee for misspending R105 614 on her state credit card – including splashing out at a leather boutique in Italy.

The DA said it has already implemented a new handbook in areas in which it governs and we will do the same in Gauteng as a first order of business, should it be elected.

“Our commitment is to return the R6 billion wasted annually in Gauteng to programmes that create jobs and deliver services,” it said.

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