- Former Economic Freedom Fighter and Member of Parliament Godrich Gardee claims he would rather have land than a hefty salary
- This comes after the former secretary-general criticised the wages paid to MPs
- Citizens were left flabbergasted at the nonchalant way in which the Red Beret shrugged off his handsome paycheque
Former EFF MP and secretary-general Godrich Gardee is sticking to his guns in snubbing his old salary.
Taking to social media once more, the candidate attorney claimed he would prefer land over the hefty wage:
"I would rather have land and farm livestock, fish, fruits, vegetables and of late cannabis (medicinal) than get a Parliament salary which comes with a compulsory, very expensive medical aid as if it is a favour and we never had any before."
Briefly.co.za reported that Gardee had recently thrown in the towel as a Member of Parliament, opting to instead further his career in law while heading up the EFF's international relations.
On the same day as his resignation, Gardee had slammed the salaries paid to MPs as 'disgusting' and 'not 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."
Democratic Alliance MP and Shadow Minister of Higher Education Belinda Bozzoli had revealed the salary paid out to Gardee would have been similar to a payslip she shared, amounting to R48 900 after a string of benefits were deducted.
In addition to this is access to Parliamentary villages for less than R400 a month, free national flights and even free lunches.
Many citizens, in the throws of unemployment and economic uncertainty, would be satisfied with only a fraction of the benefits afforded to MPs.
Numerous South Africans lamented Gardee's attitude to his privileged former position:
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