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Cyril Ramaphosa scraps free electricity, water for ministers

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South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has withdrawn controversial perks for cabinet ministers and their deputies that saw their homes supplied with free electricity and water.

The benefits caused a public outcry as they were considered insensitive at a time South Africans are struggling with daily power cuts and rising costs of living.

In a press briefing on Monday evening, a spokesperson said the president “acknowledges and appreciates the public sentiments on the matter”.

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The ministerial handbook, which outlines ministerial benefits, will be “aligned to the realities that many South Africans face”, presidential spokesperson Vincent Magwenya said.—BBC

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