President Cyril Ramaphosa has on Friday confirmed that a technical task team charged with reviewing the size of the cabinet has been formed and is reviewing the configuration of the national government.
Ramaphosa confirmed in a written response to a question posed by Democratic Alliance MP, David Maynier that the task team comprising of officials from The Presidency, the Department of Public Service and Administration; the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, the National Treasury, and the Department of Cooperative Governance have begun the review process.
“A review of previous and current configurations is still in progress, with the view to establishing the synergy between the Constitution and legislation on one hand and the national macro-organisation of the national government, on the other. A preliminary analysis has been concluded,” the Presidency said in a statement.
Ramaphosa confirmed that his office will be the lead department responsible for carrying out the review.
The Presidency has yet to confirm a time-period within which the review will be completed except to state that it will be concluded following “due political consultations, in time for implementation in the sixth administration”.
During his maiden State Of the Nation Address, Ramaphosa undertook to conduct a review of the size and configuration of national government departments saying that it is critical for the size of government to ensure optimally and efficient allocation of public resources.
Most recently while presenting the Budget Vote for the Presidency on Wednesday Ramaphosa said the review process is “examining in detail the modalities of a state that is leaner, smarter, adaptable and more capable of delivering on its mandate to improve the lives of South African”.
Earlier in the Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane criticised Ramaphosa for not having completed the cabinet review process during his review of the Presidents first 100 days in office.
According to the opposition party, in its current configuration of 35 ministers and 37 deputy ministers will in salary earnings cost R163.5 million this year.
“The size and composition of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Cabinet illustrate the fact that he is not in full control. To create a capable, streamlined state, President Ramaphosa must cut the size of the National Executive, and remove all those compromised, underperforming, and non-performing Ministers,” said Maimane.
-Afro Voice Reporter