Analyst: Bigger pensions may behind surge of ex-ministers resigning

Analyst: Bigger pensions may behind surge of ex-ministers resigning

Former ministers are dropping out of Parliament at an astonishing rate and political analyst Daniel Silke says that their motives may well be financially-motivated.

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South Africa's ministers take home over R2.4 million a year, while ordinary MPs earn less than half that, pocketing just over R1.1 million annually.

Facing a drastic salary cut, former ministers were reduced to the back benches when President Cyril Ramaphosa announced his new Cabinet last month. reported earlier that former ministers - including Bathabile Dlamini, Derek Hanekom and Jeff Radebe - had thrown in the towel as Members of Parliament.

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Daniel Silke says that this move was largely due to the mechanics of the Parliament official's pension benefits, highlighting that many had been critical of the benefits accrued to ex-ministers.

Silke commented that a cut-off date by which the former ministers would need to leave to claim pensions on their higher position forced them to make a move, except in one ex-minister's case:

“There’s no political motivation behind this except certainly in the case of Bathabile Dlamini, she didn’t leave quietly.”

Bathabile Dlamini had penned a less-than-graceful resignation letter, defending her legacy to the end, reports The Citizen.

With the State of the Nation Address looming, South Africans can expect more resignations to follow. Only 12 people from 2018 had managed to make the cut into Cyril Ramaphosa's Cabinet.

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