Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor has called for lifestyle audits to be conducted among her ANC colleagues, questioning how many were living beyond their state salaries.
In an interview with the Sunday Times, Pandor said the ruling party had failed to scrutinise the lifestyles of its leading members.
“How would a colleague have a 13-bedroom house and another a three-bedroom house? (They have) 13 bedrooms in Sandringham or something,” Pandor told the Sunday paper.
Pandor questioned how some members owned paid-up homes with others “getting $10,000 (R125,000) or $20,000 (R270,000)”, beyond their state salaries.
“They should start asking questions about those people. It is well beyond what we earn,” Pandor said.
The minister suggested that leaders provide the party with bank records and statements. “It is to eliminate any notion that you are a public official who is in receipt of illicit support,” Pandor told the Sunday Times.
In 2016, the commission recommended that high-earning public officials – including the president, deputy president and all ministers and deputy ministers – get a zero-percent increase in salaries for 2017.
Ministers annual salaries amount to R2 309 262.
Read the full article in the 26 March edition of the Sunday Times.