Ministerial Handbook to go before Cabinet

The review was coordinated by Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu.

Public Administration and Services Minister Lindiwe Sisulu. Picture: SAPA.

CAPE TOWN - A revised version of the Ministerial Handbook is expected to go before Cabinet soon.

Department of Public Service and Administration Director General Mashwahle Diphofa says the long-running review of the handbook should be concluded before the end of the current government's term of office.

The Ministerial Handbook, which sets out how much ministers and their deputies can spend on vehicles, among other things, has been under review for more than four years.

Diphofa says the review was assigned to a committee of ministers coordinated by Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu.

"The task that was given to the inter-ministerial committee was to look at this handbook much more comprehensively."

Diphofa says the handbook deals with a lot more than the type of car Cabinet members and their deputies are entitled to buy.

"The one thing that has perhaps received most attention in public has been the issue of the vehicles of ministers and deputy ministers."

Several politicians, including North West Premier Thandi Modise, have been slammed for using tax money to buy expensive cars.

However, they have all defended their actions saying they were in compliance with the Ministerial Handbook.

Last October, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan instructed ministers, MECs and premiers to limit vehicle procurement.