Members of parliament want to take ALL our pensions, the hardworking pensions and shares with “expropriation without compensation” – please note, expropriation is not about land or property rights only, it is about everything. They will take it, without compensation and then they are in the poundseats. Eventually, they will start with the “white’s” land, property, shares, income, vehicles, etc. They have already took businesses with B-BBEE since 1994 – what and who will stop them to expropriate the rest of us? If “they” put legislation in place and in line with the so-called constitution, it is legal. Keep watching your back for all the long knives. Do not be a slave of the communists, but get out this (with self-determination as people).
The Citizen reported on the matter. Ministers pocket more than R2.4 million per year, while ordinary members of parliament earn less than a chief magistrate at a little over R1.1 million a year. It’s probably unfair to say the ANC was cleaning house given that President Cyril Ramaphosa’s shake-up started on May 29 with the announcement of his new Cabinet.
However, a pending near 50% cut in salary for former ministers – reduced to backbenchers – may have a lot to do with it. Political analyst Daniel Silke said: “This really is all about the mechanics of the pension benefits from parliament.” Silke noted that many people were critical of the pension benefits accrued to ex-ministers who were now quitting.
In terms of a Government Gazette, issued in December, ministers would pocket more than R2.4 million per year, while ordinary members of parliament earn less than a chief magistrate at a little over R1.1 million a year.
“The system of benefits within the parliamentary rulebook makes provision for those who were former Cabinet minsters to claim pensions on the basis of the more elevated position, and as I understand it they have a cut-off date by which they have to make a choice in the matter,” Silke said.
“There’s no political motivation behind this except certainly in the case of Bathabile Dlamini, she didn’t leave quietly.”
- Ex-tourism minister Derek Hanekom’s surprise resignation on Monday joined that of Dlamini, former minister of women, who exited with less grace in a barely coherent five-page statement defending her legacy. Hanekom, a staunch Ramaphosa supporter, announced on Twitter that he was ready to begin his “next chapter quite soon”. “But tourism will remain a passion and I’ll support it wherever I find myself in the next couple of weeks”;
- As human settlements minister, Nomaindia Mfeketo appeared to do her job with little fuss, her greatest “scandal” being placing the Housing Development Agency under administration for failing to do its work;
- Former sport and recreation minister Tokozile Xasa appeared to be a victim of circumstance in Ramaphosa’s downsizing of parliament, her greatest achievement being the all-out support for the Olympics 400m gold medallist Caster Semenya in her fight against the dehumanising IAAF test ruling;
- In the executive since 1994 Jeff Radebe, at his most powerful position as energy minister, failed to release an updated Integrated Resource Plan which details South Africa’s energy plan;
- Former state security minister Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba joined the list of ex-Cabinet ministers, leaving in her wake a spy agency more focused on political machinations than on crime threats;
- Ministers Susan “Kill the Bastards” Shabangu and Siyabonga “I didn’t know my wife was a drug dealer” Cwele (also a former state security minister) are unlikely to be missed; and
- Nomvula Mokonyane, who almost collapsed the department of water affairs, has also left parliament before her R2.4 million salary was reduced to just more than R1.8 million.
With only 12 people making it from 2018 into Ramaphosa’s Cabinet, South Africans can expect more resignations as the State of the Nation address on June 20 looms.
To better understand the pension benefits at play, one need not look any further than the salary discrepancies between regular MPs and Cabinet ministers. During South Africa’s fifth parliament, senior members earned R1,600,467 a year, while regular MPs cleared just over R1 million.
According to AfricaCheck, Cabinet ministers in the previous administration received an annual salary of R2,401,633, while deputy ministers were paid R1,977,795.
Pensions in parliament work similarly to pensions in the ‘real world’ – the higher your position within the organisation or administration, the greater your pay-out and the more lucrative your benefits.
With more than a 50% drop in salary for ministers relegated to ordinary parliamentary pews, it’s no wonder that ANC stalwarts like Derek Hanekom, Bathabile Dlamini, Jeff Radebe, Siyabonga Cwele and Susan Shabangu have chosen to get out ‘while the going is good’.
ANC spokesperson, Nonceba Mhlauli, added that while the exodus did leave a void in the party’s parliamentary representation – one which the party was trying to fill as swiftly as possible – former members would be used in other party-specific roles, saying:
“Their departure does leave a void within the caucus. But the caucus is quite satisfied by the knowledge that we will be able to tap into their experience over time as they’ve both indicated that they’re willing to serve the party in other capacities.”
The Political Office-Bearers Pension Fund provides retirement benefits for members of the National Parliament and the Provincial Legislatures of the Republic of South Africa, including members of Cabinet and the Provincial Executives. The Fund is largely a Defined Contribution arrangement, but has a Defined Benefit component as well – the meaning of the terms Defined Contribution and Defined Benefit is explained under Benefits provided by the Fund.
The Fund does not pay pensions itself. The retirement benefit is provided as a capital amount (lump sum) and it is your responsibility to choose a pension provider and purchase a pension annuity at your retirement, using at least two-thirds of the capital amount. This is explained further under Retirement Options.
In addition to providing retirement benefits, the Fund also provides benefits on resignation (loss of office) and death. There are other benefits associated with the Fund although not actually provided by the Fund or covered by the Fund Rules – these are disability income benefits, family funeral benefits and life insurance benefits for members’ spouses. These associated benefits are also dealt with under Associated Benefits.
READ THE BENEFITS OF THE LIBERAL WHITES AND COMMUNISTS, MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT, SOUTH AFRICA
It also include all the traditional leaders as well – there are 8840 traditional leaders – from where are they – and why are there still “apartheid”, but they call the whites racism when we want our own country and independence?
Waar kom dit alles vandaan? Die korrupsie vind so hoog op plaas, bykans met die spoed van lig en waar gaan die spul wat “aangestel” word waar nog verder geplunder kan word? Verseker is die ander op ander plekke reeds “benoem” om voort te gaan. Al ons staatsinstellings is al bankrot en die hoë ringkoppe verdien net al meer met “handdrukke”.
Dis nie noodwendig net ‘n afsnypunt of gaan sit en rus nie, maar heelwat ekstra finansiële bydraes, is hierby betrokke.
Hoeveel werkers het hierdie lede van parlement gehad of die hoof uitvoerende beamptes in top posisies – hulle moet alles met hul werkers deel, dis nie hulle sin nie. B-BBEE is “gesteel” uit die armes se sakke. B-BBEE bevoordeel slegs die top posisies.
Hulle moet ook al hul werkers voorsien van verdere inkomstes en ook huise voorsien. Hul voertuie en huise moet verdeel word onder hul werkers.
Hoekom verdeel hierdie lede van parlement , ook die wat sedert 1994 afgetree het, selfs die lede van parlement sedert 1982, moet ook alles netso aan hul werkers oorhandig, dit is mos net regverdig dat dit van die top vereis word om dit wat hulle uit ons belastings verkry het, te deel met die wat hulle ondersteun het. Al hierdie sogenaamde swart bemagtigingsbesighede.
Hou die rug dop vir al die messe, want baie lyk soos ons en praat ook Afrikaans, maar hulle is nie deel van die volk nie. Bou voort op volkseie besighede en ‘n eie volwaardige onafhanklike land vir ons.