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MP absenteeism: ANC to hit where it hurts

2012-06-14 22:51

Cape Town - The ANC caucus has voiced its support for a draft policy that will see MPs fined for absenteeism.

ANC Chief Whip Mathole Motshekga vowed to speed up implementation of the policy.

"Caucus has committed to speeding up the multi-party deliberations on the draft policy, to ensure that all outstanding technical issues are resolved, so that the policy can come into force," Motshekga said.

"The policy will curb the challenge of absenteeism and poor attendance by MPs across all political parties," he added.

The statement comes after Speaker Max Sisulu recently told a meeting of Parliament's joint standing rules committee it was embarrassing that the legislature did not have a policy to regulate the amount of leave taken by lawmakers, and to penalise those who missed sittings.

The draft policy has been in the pipeline for roughly a decade. In its current form it proposes to deduct R500 a day from the salaries of MPs who repeatedly miss sessions without valid reasons, and to expel those who are absent for 30 consecutive days or longer.

Comments
  • Themba - 2012-06-14 23:13

    No ways R500 is too little - it should be a days pay!!!

      Dee - 2012-06-14 23:37

      For both Bafana Bafana & MP's - I advocate MINIMUM WAGE, and then they earn extra based on performance.

      Denise - 2012-06-15 00:22

      This is what Members of Parliament get paid and they don't even pitch up for work... •Annual salary ranging from R692 085 to R1836 745 •Two-thirds contribution to medical aid •54,5% of pension fund contribution •Motor vehicle allowance up to R204 532 a year •Relocation costs to Cape Town •Travel costs of children at university and two domestic workers •Telephone costs of up to R3 553 a month •78 single air tickets in economy class •12 air tickets for children •Laptop and printer •Life insurance

      Chris - 2012-06-15 03:30

      back date to the days first elected

      marita.pienaar - 2012-06-15 06:30

      I totally agree with you. They won't even feel R500.

      sachasea - 2012-06-15 07:55

      It's a real shame that it has to come to this. Public servants that need to be penalised for lackluster attendance. Are these adults or 12 year olds? Maybe warning letters should be sent to the parents as well? Just goes to show how much many politicians take their job for granted.

      Frank - 2012-06-15 09:04

      I find it absolutely absurd that they are even considering fining (ANC) MP's for not turning up to work! I mean, who would think that when you became a MP you would be expected to actually do something? ANC MP's look at all their comrades who have gone into business (aka affirmative action and BEE) and see them raking in millions for doing NOTHING and it's only fair that someone as important as an MP also gets to do nothing and earn good money! It's only fair that the minority keeps working to "redistribute" to those who don't feel like working anymore.

      Iceberg - 2012-06-15 10:28

      R500 is nothing compared to what they earn for that day attending to their private enterprises. That's why they are not in parliament in the first place. NO parliamentarian should be allowed to have other business interests besides his job in goverment. But this has been allowed by Jacob Zumer - the model thief.

  • tobydt - 2012-06-14 23:18

    R500? LOL, what a joke.

      MallyGold - 2012-06-15 08:20

      This weak promise to punish MP's who bunk parliament sessions has been going on for over 10 years. This is the precise attitude of parliament where despicable members are protected for their failures and just look at the results our government produce. It speaks for itself.

  • peter.mansfield.395 - 2012-06-14 23:58

    Brilliant. And it took 18 years to get here? And will these rules apply to Winnie and other "untouchables"?

  • thulanit3 - 2012-06-15 01:34

    Are u kidding me,,,u might as well not implement dat policy,,,what a joke,,, R500 instead of days pay? So they have not been pitchin for work but still getting ful salary,,,even if they dont show up for full month,,,they will still get more than 75% of their salary,,,but if i dont show up,,they tell me no work no pay'

  • Blip - 2012-06-15 01:56

    Winnie's in trouble.

  • dkropman - 2012-06-15 02:35

    This is the government and absentee records should be made public. Why not post them on a web page and have the highest offender. I am sure they will try a little harder not to be on the list.

      david.baker.sa - 2012-06-15 07:05

      Best idea of the lot. When I was in Malaysia in the early 2000s I noticed the newspaper published stats on the front page as to which party's reps were in parliament. Getting the detail as to who was there what % of the time was available on the website These are stats the voters should see. It would influence my vote if my party or representative did not attend

      Heibrin - 2012-06-15 08:13

      @david: and it would mine. But then we're used to voting based on performance, not popularity.

      Jacqui - 2012-06-15 11:56

      David Baker, and you compare the South African voters with those in Malaysia?. How would they take notice of such things when they can't buy a bread let alone a newspaper they can't read?.

  • ewald.kruger.7 - 2012-06-15 02:42

    Motshekga has raised this issue many a times. No balls to act.

  • Hadebe - 2012-06-15 02:48

    Will they care to explain how they come about the R500 a day, will it hurt them that much to do unto them as it is done to the rest of us, no work no pay

  • Chris - 2012-06-15 03:28

    Min R 5000 per day or part there of reduce time wasting due to late comers ,

  • edna.errenrich - 2012-06-15 06:05

    does it make a diff if they are there or not? They are incompetent anyway

  • Shirley Van Heerden - 2012-06-15 06:21

    Only 500!!!! One day pay missed for one day not worked!! cheezzzz- that is what soldiers loose for unpaid leave!! What a circus

  • shemara.mazzolini - 2012-06-15 06:26

    R500 is far too little, but what difference is it going to make. They don't pay fines, rates and taxes, electricity. Tomorrow there is a headline of some or other parliamentarian owing millions and nothing is done about it. MP's should earn salaries on performance.

      Zahir - 2012-06-15 07:33

      Then only DA MP's would get a salary

  • WitWolf - 2012-06-15 06:38

    R500 a day.... See them using the state funds to double or triple it back into their pockets....

  • marita.pienaar - 2012-06-15 06:43

    One can see that the ANC realizes that December and Mongaung is coming fast- suddenly there is a lot of blah blah blah from Zuma - Fine MP's; travel on Public transport - does he even know what the cost per person is to travel to work etc etc. How about an interview of economist Moletsi Mbeki - that man deserves a Bell's

  • bev.whittaker.7 - 2012-06-15 06:52

    And the fine for attending Parliment and sleeping throughout !!!!

  • anthro45 - 2012-06-15 06:55

    And what about those who are sleeping when they are actually attending???

  • Brad.Kopping - 2012-06-15 07:06

    R500. i think their missing a digit there don't you think :/ HOW BOUT AN EXTRA ZERO??? >:( R500 IS NOT ENOUGH!!!

  • Andre - 2012-06-15 07:14

    Never in the past was it necessary. MP were disciplined! There is no pride in work today, It's only about getting lots of mONET!

      Koos - 2012-06-15 07:44

      Absolutely. Not only in parliament but in everything the ANC touches from parliament right down to municipalities. Works is optional and let’s not start with the African way of doing meetings. The worst is the higher up you go the less competent they are (trend also linked to criminality) but job creation must continue (according to them). From 94 personnel positions within governmental structures have increases from between 400% to in some cases up to 800% and there is more incompetents then ever and we are in a far worse position then we ever where. Sometimes it amazes me how they are “challenged” but 15 years back we accomplished more and we where faster with a 10% of the personnel and no one had to monitor you because you knew what to do and you did it. Now everyone wants to sit in a big chair smoke a pipe and talk rubbish all day long about cars and the women while organizing new ways to rip off the taxpaying Joe.

  • Wayne - 2012-06-15 07:19

    Certainly support the sentiment, however the proposed punishment is far too lenient.

  • Koos - 2012-06-15 07:29

    What's the fine for sleeping or being drunk in parliament?

      MallyGold - 2012-06-15 08:26

      Koos, that will be a promotion for sure ... because you would then be of greater moral standing when compared to the rest of the rubble.

  • Zahir - 2012-06-15 07:38

    We don't need all these MP's they don't do anything the only reason they got to Parlamient is too sleep and for buffet lunches

  • marius.vorster.31 - 2012-06-15 07:41

    I wonder if there are stats on attendance. Should make interesting reading.

  • Ryno - 2012-06-15 08:00

    what a joke...R500...but then again, the government is a joke!!!

  • Clive - 2012-06-15 08:18

    Yeah, just like they "hit" the travel scheme fraudsters.

  • devenjoey.theron - 2012-06-15 08:18

    it would be better to have the "opposition" in these empty chairs - a little representation is better than zero interest! or.... perhaps the MP represent a sick gene-pool, lets play the sick-card again and see if the doctor can help me-so that i can help 47 million others.(as if he/she can save the world) Is there no healthy gene present, today? It's a requirement to be present, else we would all be sick. sorry, my sick mind is trolling again-no offense, right?

  • Khaya - 2012-06-15 08:27

    I do not think a fine will address the problem as many of them are absent because of their business interests. so it will just be a matter of calculations and make provision for the fine. These MPs should know better that they represent constituencies who look upon them to protect and advance their interests. If they have become too busy to do just that, the noble thing to do will be just to resign and let those who can focus on the job alone to take over.

  • Linda - 2012-06-15 08:42

    @denise. I would love to be able to find accurate details of all the perks and benefits that the government have allocated themselves - using taxpayers money - but without taxpayer approval. Where did you find the info you posted? Please let me know!

  • ashne.segal - 2012-06-15 09:36

    About time!

  • Ally - 2012-06-15 09:58

    Why fine them? The earn more than enough to pay a paltry fine. JUST FIRE THEM!

  • Sandra - 2012-06-15 11:34

    The draft policy has been in the pipeline for ten years. I cannot believe that they can rob the taxpayer so blatantly and not feel in the slightest embarrassed.We need to protest against their wasteful expenditure once and for all - en masse

  • Jacqui - 2012-06-15 11:52

    So wo is going to whip Winnie Madikizela Mandela then?.

  • Tanie - 2012-06-15 12:36

    R500 per day. what a joke for the ANC fat cats who earn over R50,000.00 pm. Its should be 50% of the monthly wages. and fired after 30 days of consecutive missing of work

  • almeleh - 2012-06-15 12:47

    Fat, lazy and stupid.

  • arcticencounter - 2012-06-15 14:12

    For all parties? Then it should not be a problem because the only absenteeism I have seen, is from ANC MP's. On the other hand, I suppose they can afford it (so it is STILL not a problem) and they don't pay up (so the problem is STILL a small one). But when it comes to voting for something like The Corruption Enabling Bill, there is nary an empty chair in the house. Eish.

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