JUSTICE MALALA: ‘Yes minister’ lockdown exposes useless parliamentarians
Confronted with the greatest health and economic crisis of the past 75 years, SA’s parliament has descended into a frenzy of rubber-stamping instead of holding the executive to account. Covid-19 proves that SA urgently needs a constituency-based electoral system
The lowest-paid member of SA’s parliament earns the princely sum of R1.13m a year. That person also enjoys free housing in Cape Town, 88 journeys a year to the city, free travel to and from airports, relocation allowances, free travel for dependants, a cellphone, tablet and laptop, and free transport from their home to parliament.
The highest-paid MPs are the speaker of the National Assembly and the chair of the National Council of Provinces. They each earn R2.82m a year...