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R48 million budget for new ministerial mansions

In a presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Public Works, the Department of Public Works revealed it has budgeted R48 Million to acquire 6 additional Ministerial Houses within the 2017/18 financial year, Democratic Alliance Shadow Minister of Public Works Dr Malcom Figg said in a statement on Sunday.

As a result, said Figg DA has indicted it would write to the Minister of Public Works to request he provides concrete steps on how he planned to rein in this reckless spending on residences of members of the executive.

Land Affairs Board” has only approved 1 house at a cost of R6.750 Million.

The Department is currently sourcing the remaining 5 houses.

South Africa’s sluggish economy and growing budget deficit calls for restraint in government spending.

Figg said the ANC government continues to spend recklessly for the comfort and extravagant lifestyles of members of the executive.

“The unrestrained spending is an insult to ordinary South Africans, of whom 9.4 million are unemployed and struggling to survive in this tough economic environment,” said Figg.

“It has become clear that the bloated executive has become a burden on the country’s overstretched public finances. In order to appease competing factions in the ANC, President Zuma has increased the size of the cabinet despite clear evidence that government can no longer afford more spending commitments,” said Figg.

Gigg said bloated cabinet has simply become a waste of taxpayers’ money and would only worsen the poor state of public finances.

“It is unacceptable that money that could be spent on initiatives to create jobs is being used to cater for unnecessary government accommodation costs. If the Minister is serious about helping Treasury reign in the runaway budget deficit, the multi-million rand budget on ministerial home renovations must be cut substantially,” said Figg.

He added that the Government cannot honestly expect South Africans to tighten their belts when it is doing the exact opposite.

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