Ministerial handbook prescribes R100K

Durban - The government is working on a new ministerial handbook which is expected to be finalised soon. The process of amending the handbook, which regulates the benefits and perks of public office bearers, has taken more than four years.

According to the last published handbook, public office bearers are entitled to security measures at their private residences. The cabinet agreed in June 2003 that the minister of public works may approve a state contribution of a non-recoverable maximum amount of R100 000, or the total cost of security measures not exceeding R100 000.

The handbook states that should the cost be more than R100 000, the difference shall be borne by the public office bearer.

“The state’s contribution of R100 000 should be reviewed every five years to match the changing costs of security systems,” reads the book.

The following procedure should be followed:

If approved, these are the permitted standard security measures, recommended by the SAPS, for the private residences of office bearers:

The handbook states that the state does not accept responsibility for the maintenance and running costs of the above security measures.