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R1m just to attend meetings is something to be ‘tone deaf’ about

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R1m just to attend meetings is something to be ‘tone deaf’ about

It’s mind-boggling that MPs feel entitled to a salary increase when their constituents can’t make ends meet

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Parliamentary spokesperson Moloto Mothapo has rejected accusations that MPs are being “tone deaf” by accepting a pay increase as millions of South Africans slide deeper into poverty. It’s a bold claim, but I have to agree with him, and if you’ll humour me, I’d like to explain why.

On Tuesday, Mothapo issued a statement defending the 3% pay hike, which will see MPs earning more than R1m a year, saying that while “certain media” were suggesting that the increase was “tone deaf”, “nothing could be further from the truth”.

First, said Mothapo, our MPs haven’t had an increase since April 2019...

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