MPs complain about parliamentary villages: R110m in upgrades planned

MPs complain about parliamentary villages: R110m in upgrades planned

- Members of Parliament apparently don't feel safe in parliamentary villages

- With rent set at a dismal R362 a month, some have complained over the conditions of the villages

- Former EFF MP Godrich Gardee has slammed the homes as 'disgusting'

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Members of Parliament have bemoaned the conditions of Cape Town's main parliamentary village.

Some claim the houses are in poor condition with security breaches posing a risk to the politicians and their families.

eNCA reports that MPs fork over only R362 a month to live in four-bedroomed houses in one of South Africa's most enviable and expensive cities.

Nevertheless, politicians are complaining about, among other things, asbestos ceilings that pose a risk to their health.

In response to the complaints, the Department of Public Works has revealed vandalism and drunken behaviour have been plaguing Acacia Park, adding to the security risk.

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Public Works Minister Patricia de Lille has confirmed that the issue surrounding the ceilings will be dealt with:

“The asbestos units must be demolished. It’s quite a procedure because of the health and safety standards, but we would like to do this as soon as possible.”

National Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole noted that a security assessment hadn't been conducted in years, commenting:

“I can maybe before the end of March, issue an instruction for a physical security assessment so that any current upgrade must be done within the framework."

A staggering R110 million will be spent to renovate only 245 of the homes across all three villages, but the possibility of moving Parliament to Gauteng has impeded plans. reported that former Economic Freedom Fighter MP Godrich Gardee had claimed the village homes were 'disgusting':

"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. 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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