The South African Presidential Handbook has been made available to the public, the Presidency announced on Friday.
In a statement, the Presidency said: “Cabinet has today made public the Presidential Handbook as approved in the Cabinet meeting of 18 November 2015. The release of the Presidential Handbook is also in terms of the commitment given to Judge Sutherland on 12 October 2015 to publish the Handbook before 30 November 2015.
“The Presidential Handbook provides guidelines for the administrative, logistical, security and general support services to be rendered by the state to the President, his or her spouse and dependent children, and the Deputy President and his or her spouse,” spokesperson Phumla Williams said.
“Whereas previously, the guide for support for the President and Deputy President was a 2007 Cabinet Policy, the drafting and publication of the Presidential Handbook makes public the document which will henceforth guide decision-making by public servants.”
According to the Presidency, the handbook would serve as a guide to ensure provision of consistent, reliable support for the president and deputy president and to empower and provide public servants with authority to make decisions within the parameters of what was permissible and what fell outside the required support given to the president and deputy president.
– African News Agency (ANA)