MPs fume over ‘looting scheme’ in parliament

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MPs met to discuss the financial management of the National Assembly on Tuesday, with opposition parties fuming over an alleged secret R1.8m salary hike for secretary to parliament Xolile George.
Demanding answers, they claimed the salary differed from the R2,604,661 annual package that was advertised. According to the Sunday Times, George earns a whopping R4.4m. National Assembly speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and NCOP chair Amos Masondo hiked George’s salary by R1.8m.
Recommendations contained in the 2023/24 First Quarter Report; 2022/23 Annual Report; draft 2024/25 Annual Performance Plan and 2022/23 Annual Report of Parliamentary Budget Office were tabled in parliament.
The recommendations include that: vacancies be filled with speed; broadcasting of parliamentary proceedings be accessible to all South Africans, not just on paid TV channels; and MPs must go to communities and not just work behind computers.
The restoration and reconstruction of parliament was also a hot topic, with MPs sharing passionate views about the speed of rebuilding parliament.
5 Dec 2023 6AM English South Africa News · Daily News

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