More bling hotel bills for our MPs

2014-06-01 06:00

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Some of South Africa’s new parliamentarians are living in four-star hotels after the department of public works failed to get their state homes ready in time.

MPs begin training sessions this week and some arrived last week for party political work.

But because their houses aren’t ready, some MPs, including ­Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema, have had to stay in hotels like the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! and Southern Sun’s The Cullinan hotel in the CBD – at the taxpayers’ expense.

Rooms in these hotels are advertised at R1?745 per room per night at the Fire & Ice! and R2?113 per night at The Cullinan.

About 40% of the 400 MPs in the National Assembly are new. Many of them must get houses in three parliamentary villages: Laboria, Acacia Park and Pelican Park.

When City Press visited Acacia Park on Thursday, there were still people in the houses who had not won seats in the new National Assembly.

Cleaners, building contractors and painters were busy preparing the houses that were unoccupied. In some of the houses, the curtains were drawn and in others, people were peeping through the curtains.

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