DA in drive to cut costs of leaders

The DA is proposing a range of cost-cutting measures for the nation's executive, including doing away with free trips on the luxurious Blue Train, removing the right to a state-sponsored domestic worker and cutting car allowances to a meagre R660000.

The DA is proposing a range of cost-cutting measures for the nation's executive, including doing away with free trips on the luxurious Blue Train, removing the right to a state-sponsored domestic worker and cutting car allowances to a meagre R660000.

Party leader Helen Zille said in Cape Town yesterday that economic times were tough and that the executive, like everyone else, should tighten their belts.

"This year, our economy is likely to shrink by almost 2percent and we are deep in recession," Zille said.

"In the midst of this economic crisis, the government must demonstrate that it is prepared to make sacrifices and demonstrate some frugality."

Zille said her colleague MP Anchen Dreyer had submitted a letter to the director general in the Presidency, Vusi Mavimbela, asking for certain amendments to be made to the ministerial handbook.

This was in order to "reflect a more sympathetic appreciation for the plight that South Africa finds itself in", the DA leader said. - Sapa

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