Lazy MP’s get the finger

South Africa’s Parliament has embraced technology to keep tabs on lazy MPs.

The National Assembly’s 400 members and National Council of Provinces’ 90 delegates make up the Members of Parliament who represent South Africans.

Parliament has now installed biometric finger scanners to record when these politicians pitch up for sittings.

The new biometric system replaces the old one where MPs signed a piece of paper and put it into a box to be counted manually.

But some opposition members say while parliament can now quickly and accurately record MPs attendance, it’s still up to the party’s chief whips to censure absent MPs.