EFF take rejection of medical aid to next level

2014-06-06 00:00

The EFF’s decision to reject the medical fund for MPs has escalated to a higher level.

Parliamentary spokesperson Luzuko Jacobs, yesterday confirmed the EFF has formally written to the secretary parliament Michael Coetzee on the issue.

Jacobs said Coetzee will react to the letter in due course.

Jacobs said no MP had yet refused to become a member of the Parmed medical scheme.

In terms of the Parliamentary and Provincial Medical Aid Schemes Act of 1975 MPs must belong to Parmed. The EFF rejected the scheme because it is imposed on MPs regardless of their choice. and it “by far the most expensive” in South Africa.

EFF MP and party spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said the medical aid scheme was established under “illegal apartheid legislation” in 1975. He said the scheme will take a minimum of R4 240 per adult on the scheme from each MP and R1 098 for each minor.

Ndlozi said the EFF would submit a motion in Parliament for all public representatives to make use of public services like state hospitals and schools.

Questioned on EFF leader Julius Malema, sending his son to a private school, Ndlozi said the motion would not require of EFF members to make use of state facilities while the EFF members had no control of the quality of service or power to improve service in the public sector.

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