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Jeff Radebe: Govt to cut down on consultants, litigation costs

Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe says it is to ensure that government spending is aligned with the National Development Plan.

FILE: Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe. Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN – Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe says that his department is taking the lead in setting priorities for the national Budget.

Radebe says it is to ensure that government spending is aligned with the National Development Plan.

He says the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation is working closely with National Treasury on next year’s Budget, adding there’s no mistrust between them.

Cabinet approved the change last month.

A framework has been drawn up to guide Treasury on how funds should be allocated.

Radebe says that they have also come up with ways to cut costs such as limiting the use of consultants and the amount that the government spends on litigation.

“On the litigation costs, we’re worried about the escalation of litigation costs as government. I’m sure if we invite the Minister of Health, he would tell you how huge these litigation costs are.”

Radebe says that in the future, departments and state-owned entities may be penalised for lapses in governance through the withholding of transfers and guarantees.