Travel, accommodation and a hefty salary: 10 perks of becoming an MP

Travel, accommodation and a hefty salary: 10 perks of becoming an MP

South African Parliament is about to welcome it's newly-elected members, who can expect a plethora of benefits from their new positions. Briefly.co.za takes a looks at the perks of becoming a Member of Parliament in Mzansi.

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Free accommodation, cellphones, stationery and even domestic travel await South Africa's newly-elected Members of Parliament.

Besides earning a minimum of R1.1 million a year, roughly R90 000 a month, the 400 members of the National Assembly, along with the 90 members of the National Council of Provinces, have a host of perks to look forward to.

Khuthala Noah, Parliamentary Media Relations Manager, says that benefits are constantly reviewed and altered to cater for evolving needs, reports Business Insider SA.

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Briefly.co.za takes a look at what the politicians can expect after they are sworn in next week:

  • 88 domestic trips every year, either by air, train or car
  • Parking at local airports
  • Transport for their dependents
  • Any costs relating to relocation are covered
  • Phones, tablets and laptops
  • Equipment, furniture and stationery for their officies at the National Assembly
  • Personal accident cover
  • Acommodation at the Cape Town parliamentary villages
  • Daily transport to and from the villages to Parliament
  • Administrative support, including free lunches, which are frequently served at meetings

While a great deal of attention was paid to the lack of increases for the MPs during this financial year, their hefty salaries still place them in the top 1% of earners in South Africa, with the current minimum wage siting at R3 500 a month.

The National Assembly forks over almost R600 million every year on salaries for MPS, which would be enough to build almost 5 500 RDP homes.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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