- Former EFF MP Godrich Gardee recently claimed that Members of Parliament were not being paid a living wage
- In response to the outrage surrounding the claim, DA member Belinda Bozzoli has revealed a payslip detailing what MPs earn
- With the average South African either earning a fraction of this amount or battling unemployment, many citizens were insulted by the comments
Belinda Bozzoli, DA Shadow Minister of Higher Education, has posted a payslip revealing in detail how much South African MPs get paid.
Commenting on the move, Bozzoli explained that information such as this should not be kept secret:
"Happy to share any other details of our salaries in the interests of full transparency. None of this should be a secret."
Briefly.co.za reported that Godrich Gardee, who recently tendered his resignation as a Member of Parliament, had slammed the amount earned by his colleagues.
In a social media rant detailing how the parliamentary villages in Cape Town were 'disgusting' and the wage insufficient:
"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."
However, according to the payslip shared by the DA politician, MPs take home just over R48 000 every month, a far cry from poverty.
Bozzoli further explained that other perks included free lunch and flights for spouses:
"From this, you will see that the take-home pay is not as big as you thought it might be, but it is still generous. The R1.1m salary is actually the package, while the basic salary is about R600,000 p a. The Public Office allowance pays for more general, claimable expenses such as phone used in course of duty, travel to and from the constituency, and so on. In addition, we get flights to and from Parliament for sittings and meetings. Spouses also get a limited no of flights. Furthermore, if we come from outside Cape town we have the option to live in very modest accommodation provided at a nominal rent by Parliament. Not everyone takes up that option. We also have subsidised meals at the Parliamentary precinct - basically lunch."
Gardee's comments left many citizens feeling bitter, take a look at just a few of their responses below: