ANC to review pensions for demoted MPs

2014-06-06 00:00

CAPE TOWN — The ANC wants to review the salaries and pensions of ministers who become MPs.

Moloto Mothapo, ANC spokesperson in the parliamentary caucus, yesterday said the party is worried about the lower income and pensions that the ministers stand to get if they become MPs.

This after former Speaker Max Sisulu and former ministers like S’bu Ndebele (Correctional Services), Lulu Xingwana (Women, Children and People with Disabilities), Marthinus van Schalkwyk (Tourism) and Maria Ntuli (deputy minister of Social Development) resigned rather than be ranked in a lower pension group with MPs in the new parliament.

A minister’s pension is higher than that of an MP, who earns about a third of a minister’s salary.

Former ministers who chose to remain in Parliament as MPs include Connie September (ex-Human Settlements), Ben Martins (Energy) and Yunus Carrim (Communication). They have been appointed to Parliament’s rules committee.

Mothapo said those who chose to take the higher pension must not be demonised and those who chose to remain as MPs must not be praised. “They have all chosen to serve the ANC in different ways.”

He said the party was not only worried about the rands and cents, but also about the “vital skills and experience” that are lost when ex-ministers take early retirement.

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