Explainer: The cost of housing Members of Parliament in South Africa

Explainer: The cost of housing Members of Parliament in South Africa

- Public Works Minister Patricia de Lille has revealed the total cost of housing for members of Parliament

- With state capture and corruption having a massive impact on South Africa's coffers, people are more aware than ever of government spending

- Briefly.co.za explores how much the nation's politicians have set the country back

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In response to a Parliamentary question, Patricia de Lille was forced to reveal how much members of Parliament have cost the state.

The Public Works Minister explained that the three parliamentary villages, including upkeep and transport, have cost SA just under R744 million.

This sum was incurred over the course of a decade, with the Cape Town village housing MPs when they attend meetings and parliamentary sittings.

The minister's response included expenses such as bus transport, water and electricity, rates, village management, furniture expenses and maintenance, among others.

When asked why MPs weren't simply given a housing allowance, De Lille responded that:

"The responsibility of the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure is to provide accommodation to Government Departments and Members of Parliament, amongst others, in terms of its mandate. Any request for allowances to public office bearers must be made to the Independent Commission for Remuneration of Public Office Bearers."

READ ALSO: Ramaphosa: State capture has cost South Africa over R500 billion

Municipal services during the fourth Parliament:

  • Laboria Park: R7 875 171.81
  • Pelican Park: R6 470 925.33
  • Acacia Park: R12 836 995.19

Municipal services during the fifth Parliament:

  • Laboria Park: R12 185 225.49
  • Pelican Park: R22 328 442.08
  • Acacia Park: R50 959 085.40

Transport

The total cost for transport for all three villages during the fourth Parliament was R38 570 345 and during the fifth Parliament was R35 997 143, reports News24.

Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed over R500 billion had been looted through state capture and corruption, leaving the government in a difficult financial situation.

With this in mind, it's alarming to see how much funding goes into housing the country's politicians.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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