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Name the guilty ones - De Lille

By Anna Majavu | Jan 21, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

ID LEADER Patricia de Lille has begun legal action against parliamentary speaker Max Sisulu in a bid to force him to reveal the names of MPs who pocket R40 000 a month in petrol claims.

This after Sisulu reportedly refused to give De Lille the names, saying it would be an invasion of their privacy.

Sowetan reported three months ago that De Lille blew the whistle on a new parliamentary travel scandal involving MPs who choose to drive to Cape Town instead of flying.

The MPs, who earn more than R700 000 a year, were doing this since driving allowed them to claim R3,69 a kilometre in petrol reimbursements.

Each MP driving from Johannesburg to Cape Town and back was claiming R12 605 per return trip.

Because petrol costs far less than R3,69 a kilometre, they were raking in money at a cost to the public purse, she said.

"Sisulu must know who they are because this information is on their tax certificates," De Lille said.

"This leaves us in the tricky position of having no one watching over the watchdogs."

Sisulu was not available for comment.


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