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Chauffeurs for MPLs cost taxpayers millions

By Thando Mgaga | Apr 12, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 130 ]

CHAUFFEUR-driven members of the KwaZulu-Natal legislature are costing the taxpayer R264,000 a month.

The 22 MPLs are being driven to and from the provincial parliament by contract drivers, who are paid R12,000 a month.

Speaking at the legislature budget hearing yesterday, legislature chief executive Nerusha Naidoo said the payment for the chauffeurs came from the compensation of employees' budget.

Most of the chauffeured MPLs are ANC members while five are from the IFP. No DA MPLs use chauffeurs.

Finance committee chairwoman Belinda Scott said there was no need for alarm bells as there were justifiable reasons for the members to be chauffeured.

Some of these reasons include medical problems and old age, according to MPLs who did not want to be named.

However, DA caucus leader in the legislature Sizwe Mchunu said there was an abuse of this privilege as some of the members did not fit the criteria to be driven around by a chauffer.

IFP caucus leader in the legislature Blessed Gwala said he had not been made aware that some of the party's MPLs were being chauffeured.

"The IFP has no policy on MPLs who are unfit to drive themselves or who need to be driven by drivers employed by the legislature. We had not been informed by our members that they were being driven. This is a matter we will need to investigate," Gwala said.

Some MPLs have disabilities and others have ongoing ailments ranging from a spinal cord injury to injuries sustained in accidents.

An MPL, who did not want to be named, said the number of older MPLs who needed to be driven around showed there were few youthful members in the legislature.

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Jaja

Shower scene?
At Bates Motel?

Apr 12, 2012 10:59 | 0 replies

somaartakeit
and the funny part of this is that richest countries in the world where poverty is very minimal to non existent politicians there travel in public transport or cycling to work and have abt 2 body guards one of them a driver as well, and the poorest countries in the world leaders live in opulance, why do they need to be driven in a limo?
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Last time I checked our politicians were not using limos...where do you live?

Apr 12, 2012 1:27 | 0 replies

@JajasQueen-Ja nee jy is hard gebak,always want to have the last say and be correct


@Somaar -I agreewith you b4 Obama bacame Pres he lived with the very same people that got him where he is today.

Apr 12, 2012 2:6 | 0 replies

JajasQueen - LOL, yet again, you direct the topic away. This time you directed it to farmers. Anyone who is not a f0ol sees your MO. You act duumb, and circumvent discussions to the most useless topics.

Apr 12, 2012 2:7 | 0 replies

somaartakeit - Reminds me of the African summit we had in Sandton a few years ago. Bill Gates was one of the guest speakers. All the African leaders arrived in their 6-car envoys, blue lights blazing and bodyguards. The richest man in the world (And quite abit important than most African leaders), arrived in a rental car he got at the airport.

Its how African leaders try and bloat their own self-importance, by driving around with bodyguards and carcades.

I can see how this makes JajaQueen all starry-eyed.

Apr 12, 2012 2:12 | 0 replies

I turn to love this lady-Jaja

Whooaaaahh!!!! Some people will learn one thing or two.

Apr 12, 2012 2:26 | 0 replies

Xovizwe - And some people will never learn anything.

Apr 12, 2012 2:28 | 0 replies

@Xovizwe

You know I love you too???

Apr 12, 2012 2:34 | 0 replies

@Sinudeity
JajasQueen - LOL, yet again, you direct the topic away. This time you directed it to farmers. Anyone who is not a f0ol sees your MO. You act duumb, and circumvent discussions to the most useless topics
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This was my last question to you before you fizzled out like you always do - chicken:-
If politicians have to walk like the rest of SAns.....who are these SAns who are walking? You are not walking, I am not....

Apr 12, 2012 2:47 | 0 replies

candilious
@JajasQueen-Ja nee jy is hard gebak,always want to have the last say and be correct
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You could have the last say my candi - I sleep at ten.


Apr 12, 2012 2:48 | 0 replies

JajasQueen - "who are these SAns who are walking? You are not walking, I am not...."

You and I dont constitute 50 million South Africans. If you dont know who is walking, and taking taxi's and trains to work, then you are very ignorant.

Apr 12, 2012 2:49 | 0 replies