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1999

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE


HOME AFFAIRS:  SUBSTANTIATE LARGE PAYMENT TO ADVISOR

MEDIA STATEMENT ISSUED BY ANNELIZ… VAN WYK, MP
 UDM SPOKESPERSON ON HOME AFFAIRS

In the Home Affairs Budget an adjustment of close to 800% is requested for the service of one special adviser to the Minister.  In the main budget an amount of R72,000 was budgeted for an advisor.  Parliament is now requested to provide a further R503,000 for this same advisor.

The UDM finds it difficult to understand why an advisor earning a salary close to that of a Minister is needed.  One would like to receive clear answers on what type of specialized advice is provided by such an individual justifying these type of expenses by the South African taxpayer.

The question also needs to be asked whether there is not a South African citizen with similar skills who can act as an advisor but at a more reasonable rate.

The Department of Home Affairs in the past few months operated under a cloud of suspicion.  The work of the Department influences every sphere of South African citizenís lives.  A week ago the Minister of Trade and Industry had to meet with the Minister of Home Affairs to discuss with him the obstacles that are put in the way of foreign investors by means of the Department of Home Affairs.

The UDM again calls on the Minister of Home Affairs to appoint a Ministerial Commission of Inquiry to investigate the productivity of the department and the quality of service it is providing to SA citizens.

Spend less on advisors and consultants and if necessary redirect money towards training and motivation of staff.

ENQUIRIES:
ANNELIZ… VAN WYK, MP

9 NOVEMBER 1999

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