Rorisang Kgosana
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4 Jun 2021
5:27 pm

‘Struggling’ MPs should drop luxuries to survive on R95k a month pay

Rorisang Kgosana

An average MP earns around R1.1 million per annum, including a number of other perks, but this apparently isn't enough.

President Cyril Ramaphosa speaking in Parliament. Picture: Kopano Tlape/GCIS

While the average South African salary is just above R10,000 per month and minimum wage hovers around R3,500, the country's members of Parliament (MPs) are apparently struggling to make ends meet with their average monthly salary of R95,000. Speaking to the media on Thursday, President Cyril Ramaphosa said MPs were struggling to “make ends meet” despite them seemingly “living it up”, saying they usually have two houses since they also have to live in Cape Town to attend Parliament. “The work we take on or impose on them as MPs is quite costly, many of them don’t end up making...