- Ex-labour minister Mildred Oliphant has suggested that Parliament review its benefits structure
- She says that the current structure contributes to certain Parliament members deciding to leave
- Mildred says that benefits are based on the last salary a member received, so former ministers who resign from Parliament get to keep their benefits based on their minister's salary
Former labour minister Mildred Oliphant, who resigned from Parliament this week, says that Parliament's benefits structure should be reviewed.
Oliphant says this is because, currently, former ministers risk losing half of a loss-of-office gratuity by staying on as MPs.
She explained that she had decided to resign from Parliament so that she would not lose her ministerial benefits.
Oliphant is the latest in a growing list of former ministers who have resigned as MPs. The list includes Bathabile Dlamini, Jeff Radebe and Derek Hanekom, among others.
According to News24, Oliphant explained further that the benefits for benefits is based on the last salary they earned. In other words, if she were to stay on as an MP her benefits would be based on an MP's salary.
However, if she resigns, her benefits will be determined by her previous minister's salary - which is considerably higher than that of an MP.
Additionally, Oliphant pointed out that when a party member makes it into Parliament, they are only guaranteed to hold their seat for one five-year term. Thereafter, they cannot be certain that they will be reappointed.
It is likely that similar reasoning to Oliphant's is behind some of the other former ministers' decisions to withdraw from Parliament, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
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