Flights: politicians vote to upgrade their perks

2011-08-12 00:00

THE ANC in KwaZulu-Natal, supported by the Inkatha Freedom Party, has voted to extend business-class travel to all parliamentary whips, chairpersons of committees and leaders of minority parties, a decision that will increase travel costs by an additional R2 million per year for taxpayers.

Democratic Alliance chief whip Radley Keys said only his party opposed the extension of parliamentary members’ perks during a Rules committee meeting on Wednesday.

Previously only members wuth 10 years’ service, MECs, the speaker and deputy speaker were entitled to travel business class, said Keys. — Witness Reporter.

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