As former EFF MP Godrich Gardee steps out of the public spotlight to pursue his articles at Eric Mabuza's law firm, he left Parliament this week bemoaning his R1.2m plus salary. Picture: Itumeleng English/African News Agency(ANA)
As former EFF MP Godrich Gardee steps out of the public spotlight to pursue his articles at Eric Mabuza's law firm, he left Parliament this week bemoaning his R1.2m plus salary. Picture: Itumeleng English/African News Agency(ANA)

Parliament's R1m+ salary 'disgustingly' too little, says ex-EFF MP Godrich Gardee

By Staff Reporter Time of article published Mar 11, 2020

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Johannesburg - Outgoing EFF MP and former party secretary Gordrich Gardee has caused a stir on social media after claiming MPs did not earn as well as people thought. 

Gardee, who this week resigned as an MP, will be joining Eric Mabuza’s legal firm where he is set to complete his articles after obtaining a law degree recently. 

Gardee had protested that MPs earn a lot when Sunday Times journalist Andisiwe Makinana tweeted that MPs paid Parliament just under R400 to rent a furnished three bedroom villa in Cape Town.  

“The hullabaloo about the salaries of MPs is misplaced… MPs cannot even afford own kids in universities and their children cannot be considered for NSFAS hence #Bosasa paid for their kids....That salary in @ParliamentofRSA is the most disgusting whilst working far away from home,” said Gardee.  

Gardee on Tuesday dared to release his salary payslip, but as of Wednesday afternoon - he had not done so. 

As former EFF party whip, Gardee would have earned R1.24m per annum after 2.8% increases were approved by President Cyril Ramaphosa for MPs earning below R1.5m in February. 

His party boss Julius Malema, as a leader of a minority party, earns R1.34m per year, while ordinary MPs earn R1.13m per year. 

The biggest salaries in Parliament are reserved for the Speaker of the National Assembly, Thandi Modise, and the chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, who both pocket R2.82m per year - the same salary as Deputy President David Mabuza, and about R400 000 more than a cabinet minister’s salary. 

Parliaments committee chairpersons pocket R1.49m per year, as do chief whips from the majority party, in this case, the ANC. 

AfricaCheck reported last year that MPs received benefits, which included:  

  • 88 single journeys a year (by air, train, bus or car) 
  • Daily commuting Travel to and from airports 
  • Parking at airports 
  • Relocation 
  • Travel for their dependants 
  • Tools of trade, including a cellphone, tablet and laptop 
  • Equipment and furniture for their offices 
  • Stationery 
  • Personal accident insurance 
  • Accommodation in parliamentary villages (three complexes in Cape Town that house MPs when parliament is in session) 
  • Transport from the villages to parliament 
Gardee was not the only MP to complain about salary of MPs. 

The UDM’s Nqabayomzi Nkwankwa has complained about MPs not being afforded personal assistants. 

He said on Tuesday: “Comrade @GardeeGodrich Some people are just utterly uninformed about what we do and how our remuneration package is structured. When you try to set the record straight, some elect to pelt you with a stream of expletives. @ParliamentofRSA has to address this information gap”.

But this did not go down well with the viewing public, who said MPs should be grateful for the salaries they earned. Later on Wednesday, a leaked DA MP’s salary slip showed they earned a net income of R48 900 per month. IOL

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