Gardee quits as MP: Rants about living conditions, low salary

Gardee quits as MP: Rants about living conditions, low salary

- Former EFF secretary-general Godrich Gardee has opted to throw in the towel as a Member of Parliament

- Gardee will now be pursuing a career in law, according to a party spokesman

- In a post to social media, Gardee had complained about the amount paid to MPs

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Former EFF secretary-general Godrich Gardee has officially resigned from his position as a Member of Parliament.

The Citizen reported that National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise's office has confirmed receipt of the EFF member's resignation.

While Gardee has refused to comment on the situation, EFF spokesperson Vuyani Pambo revealed that he was now working full-time as a candidate attorney:

“It wouldn’t be proper for him to be paid if he can’t be there full-time.”

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EFF leader Julius Malema had revealed the sudden change in direction in a social media post on the matter after Gardee graduated as a lawyer.

Some had speculated that Gardee would leave the EFF after he was not re-elected into his former position. This had followed accusations of the former secretary-general being divisive in the run-up to the party's elective conference.

Despite the rumours, Pambo confirmed that Gardee would remain a member of the EFF's central command team and additionally has been appointed as head of international relations. This comes as the Red Berets seek to expand their footprint outside of South Africa.

Briefly.co.za discovered that, while no mention was made of his resignation, Gardee took to social media to rant about the 'disgusting' conditions MPs are forced to live in:

"There is no 4 bedroomed house for MPs... Parliament does not supply kettle & toasters... That thing is a hostel, a workplace residence... It's by no choice we are there... Parliament will never attract the best of the brains to MPs, hence ANC MPs went for BOSASA subsidy"

Gardee then went on a rant about how the salaries for Members of Parliament were reportedly too low to send kids to university:

"The hullabaloo about salaries of MPs is misplaced... MPs cannot even afford own kids in universities & their children cannot be considered for NASFAS hence #BOSASA paid for their kids... That salary in Parliament is the most disgusting whilst working far away from home."

In fact, despite MPs being paid handsome amounts, Gardee claimed it wasn't a living wage:

"Parliament is not an employer of choice nor does it pay a living wage... I will share my payslip with you, see the trauma & torture we are made to go through.... whilst public thinks we are fat cats... There is no shower... The bathing basins are those used by De Klerk generation whilst they were there and never changed to date."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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