Training programme provides big dreams for small town boy

Training programme provides big dreams for small town boy

Posted By: Shopprice South Africa Cape Town – As a child growing up in the small town of Zoar in the Western Cape, Ryan Adams had two dreams: to one day be More »

6 aid workers killed in South Sudan

6 aid workers killed in South Sudan

Posted By: Shopprice South Africa   Six aid workers were killed in an ambush in South Sudan on Saturday, the UN’s humanitarian coordinator for the country said. The aid workers were traveling More »

Trump: US will act unilaterally on North Korea if necessary

Trump: US will act unilaterally on North Korea if necessary

Posted By: Shopprice South Africa (CNN)US President Donald Trump has declared he would be willing to go it alone to restrain North Korea’s nuclear weapons program should China fail to change the More »

Climate change could render Sudan ‘uninhabitable’

Climate change could render Sudan ‘uninhabitable’

Posted By: Shopprice South Africa Temperatures are rising, water supplies are scarce, soil fertility is low and severe droughts are common. After years of desertification, its rich biodiversity is under threat and More »

Farm workers still maltreated, hearings find

Farm workers still maltreated, hearings find

Posted By: Shopprice South Africa Evictions and the bad, cruel behavior of farm workers were among the troubling trends uncovered by country-wide hearings by the cover Committee on Rural Development and Land More »

Limpopo residents attack pastors and congregation

Limpopo residents attack pastors and congregation

Posted By: Shopprice South Africa The Limpopo police have pushed into water a manhunt for a group of group members who attacked church pastors and their persons in great number in Mecklenburg More »

EFF to hold vigil on Sunday evening ahead of Malema’s court appearance

EFF to hold vigil on Sunday evening ahead of Malema’s court appearance

Posted By: Shopprice South Africa EFF first Julius Malema said to so give support to his supporters to go into land 2 years ago at the meeting of friends’ elective meeting The More »

EFF will ask Parliament to dissolve Eskom board

EFF will ask Parliament to dissolve Eskom board

Posted By: Shopprice South Africa The Economic Freedom Fighters on Friday called on the board of Eskom to move after Ceo Brian Molefes example in making ready to put up with too More »

Kidnapped Cape businessman still missing

Kidnapped Cape businessman still missing

Posted By: Shopprice South Africa Cape Town business-man Naushad Deshmukh was still lost by Friday after 12 a.m. with no new developments, Western Cape police said.Representative Captain FC Van Wyk said the More »

DA to lay charges against Brian Molefe after Eskom resignation

DA to lay charges against Brian Molefe after Eskom resignation

Posted By: Shopprice South Africa The Democratic agreement (DA) will put charges against Eskom Ceo Brian Molefe supporters his statement giving up position, the meeting of friends said on Friday. Molefe resigned More »

 

EFF says no to Parliament medical aid

9907f0ec86104cfe89d7f6c38bab0dd3

Shopprice South Africa

Cape Town – The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has gone to court to challenge a provision that forces all MPs to be on the state’s medical aid scheme.

The party is challenging the imposition of Parmed, the medical aid scheme for MPs, on its members on the grounds that it infringes on MPs’ fundamental rights and is constitutionally invalid.

The party is suing the Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete, chairperson of the national council of provinces Thandi Modise and Speakers of eight of the country’s nine provincial legislatures – as well as Parmed.

Members of the Western Cape legislature are free to use a medical scheme of their choice.

The EFF claims that forcing MPs to be on the scheme infringes on the right to freedom of association and the right not to be arbitrarily deprived of property.

Section 1 of the Parliamentary and Provincial Medical Aid Scheme Act makes membership of Parmed compulsory for members of the National Assembly, members of the executive, Constitutional Court judges, the Supreme Court of Appeal and high court judges.

But in papers filed last week, Parliament did not deal with the issues raised in the EFF’s application. Instead it wants the president, the finance minister and the chief justice to also be respondents in the EFF case.

In his application to the Western Cape High Court, EFF leader Julius Malema states on behalf of himself and 60 EFF members in Parliament and the provincial legislatures that, after they became MPs and members of the provincial legislature, some members complained of the substantial deductions being made from their salaries as contributions to Parmed.

He said: “Our members, including me, were alarmed by the amounts … being deducted.

“Most of our members had been members of substantially more affordable medical aid schemes before joining Parliament and the provincial legislatures. Some members who had joined Parmed by completing the necessary forms were not fully aware of the financial implications of joining…”

He said it only became clear once the deductions started that they were unaffordable. He said the EFF had tried to engage with other political parties in Parliament to find a solution, but none could be reached. It then took a decision to withdraw its members from Parmed.

But Parliament refused, saying that membership of Parmed and the deductions were compulsory.

EFF MPs decided not to use the scheme as a matter of principle. Only those who are critically ill or pregnant use it.

In Parliament’s provisional answering affidavit, deputy speaker of the National Assembly Lechesa Tsenoli only deals with Parliament’s insistence that the president, chief justice and finance minister be included as respondents, and not the issues raised by the EFF

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

two × 4 =

Anti-Spam Quiz:

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>