ANC ex-MP refuses to move out

2014-06-29 09:39

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The former ANC MP who helped stop parliamentary discussions on President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home before the elections is staying put in his parliamentary house, leading to him being branded “an illegal squatter” this week.

Cecil Burgess is one of a number of former MPs who are still occupying houses in the parliamentary village in Acacia Park, Goodwood, Cape Town, more than seven weeks after the polls.

Only serving MPs and some support staff are allowed to stay in the three parliamentary villages.

Those MPs who are not returning to Parliament must move out no later than 30 days after the elections, although the public works department said the final cutoff date to leave was extended to June 13.

They need to make way for newly elected MPs, who have been staying in comfortable Cape Town hotels, such as the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice, at the taxpayers’ expense because they have been unable to move in.

Referring to Burgess as an “illegal squatter”, DA parliamentary chair Anchen Dreyer said he was “officially overstaying his welcome”.

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