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HSFBL Premium reports that the Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) has called for transparency around the identity and appointment of special advisers to the president, deputy president, ministers and premiers, which costs taxpayers millions of rand each year.

According to the foundation, transparency would prevent cadre deployment, nepotism and the appointment of unqualified individuals as special advisers. It was also vital that the identities of such persons be publicised to enable others to assess their suitability for the position, interrogate whether they had appropriate qualifications, were not being overpaid, and that taxpayers’ money was not being wasted. The appointment of special advisers by ministers has been shrouded in a veil of secrecy and controversy. HSF legal researcher Zeenat Emmamally commented on Monday: “The HSF believes monitoring is required because of the potentially large amounts of money that goes towards paying the salaries of special advisers. As stated in my brief, if every minister in the 2019-2021 cabinet and every premier took on two full-time special advisers (as they are entitled to), at the maximum compensation level allowed, it could have cost as much as R164,932,680 per year. Monitoring is also required because in the past, advisers have been appointed even when they were unqualified for the position, or have been appointed through allegedly irregular processes.” Currently, the appointment and identity of special advisers comes to light “if MPs pose a question in the National Assembly to a specific minister inquiring if any special advisers have been appointed, and who they are”.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Luyolo Mkentane at BusinessLive

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