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.
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.
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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