Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
3 minute read
9 Jul 2022
6:31 am

‘Constituency work’ just paid time off, cash cow for politicians

Brian Sokutu

'Unfortunately, the budget is abused because constituency offices become offices of political parties.'

Picture: Gallo Images/Jeffrey Abrahams

Despite millions in taxpayers’ money being spent on MPs “doing constituency work” during the parliamentary recess, the system meant to bring politicians closer to the people has failed, according to experts. While in countries like the UK, MPs devote their time to constituencies which elected them, listening to community concerns before they blow up into a crisis, local politicians have ironically continued to react after the fact. This has become apparent through messages of condolences after the Enyobeni Tavern deaths and the tragic fall into a Soweto manhole of six-year-old Khayalethu Magadla. Parliament’s annual performance plan for 2021-22 recorded that...