Constituency offices a money headache for political parties
JEANNE VAN DER MERWE
Political parties are having a tough time bringing Parliament to the people.
The Independent Democrats (ID) last year blew 105% of its constituency allowance on its staff, the Congress of the People (Cope) made a R5 million profit two years in a row, while the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) made a loss three years in a row.
These are among the revelations from a Media24 Investigations analysis of how political parties spend the annual state allowance Parliament pays them to run offices where MPs and their staff can help ordinary citizens in their dealings with government.
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