Revealed: These are the MPs who spent the most on ‘free’ flights

Parliament recently passed a new travel policy that limits the number of free flights former Members of Parliament (MPs) are eligible to receive.


The Speaker of the National Assembly, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, and the Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), Amos Masondo, signed off on the New Travel Policy for Former Members of Parliament on 30 March 2022.

Now, ex-ministers – who served a complete term – and their registered spouses will receive a maximum of 12 free flights per year and the travel will be limited to economy class. The benefit only lasts for a period of five years.


Former MPs entitled to a dozen free flights per yearSA ministers, deputies BARRED from claiming ‘free business class flights’

The Democratic Alliance says the policy change comes after “relentless pressure” by the opposition party over the last year.

The DA says previously former MPs would receive up 48 tickets per year for the rest of their lives and would travel in business class. This would cost the taxpayer R384 000 per year, while spouses’ 24 tickets would cost R192 000.

The opposition party singled out the following former MPs and deputies as the ones who “spent more than most on Gravy Plane tickets.”

Name Amount spent between 2018 and 2020 Trevor ManuelR312 135Malusi Gigaba and spouseR200 413Tina Joematt-PetterssonR443 850Des van RooyenR242 015Fikile Mbalula R183 920Nathi NhlekoR363 133Faith MuthambiR267 668Dina PuleR240 997Dipuo Peters R150 670Ben Martins R685 657David Mahlobo R349 289Yunus Carrim R184 063Mduduzi Manana R97 838Marius Fransman R94 261Mzwandile Masina and spouse R299 818Bongani Bongo R78 000Enoch Godwangana R240 442Derek Hanekom R114 432Roelf Meyer R224 966Mcebisi Jonas and spouseR378 290Pieter Mulder and spouse R144 795Mosiuoa Lekota R74 777Mosibudi Mangena R344 231

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