South Africa’s Parliament spends over R46million on travel benefits for ex-MPs

South Africa’s Parliament spends over R46million on travel benefits for ex-MPs

Parliamentary spokesperson Moloto Mothapo revealed that in the financial years 2015/16 to 2019/20, they forked out a total of R46 124 000 on flights, with R7 426 million in 2015/16; R8 688 million in 2016/17; R7 934 million (2017/18), R10 698 million in 2018/19 and R11 378 million in 2019/20.

“Based on projections, applying the new policy provisions and informed by assumptions on future utilisation and flight costs, the estimated reduction in expenditure over the next five years is R22 million. Parliament is confident that, based on the actuarial assessment and projections conducted, the new travel policy will undoubtedly significantly reduce the funding required for this purpose, which lifts the burden from the public purse, in light of the socio-economic hardships confronting South Africans,”

Parliamentary spokesperson Moloto Mothapo

Parliament recently implemented a new travel policy for former MPs and Cabinet ministers (as well as their spouses) which will see them lose their lifelong travel benefits.

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