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Assembly approves Zuma's pay hike

2012-09-18 14:55

Cape Town - The National Assembly approved, on Tuesday, a salary increase of 5.5% for President Jacob Zuma, effective from April 1 this year.

Zuma now earns R2 622 561 a year - up from R2 485 839 last year, and R2 367 466 in 2010.

Last year, the house approved that Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe continue to receive only the pension benefits of a former president, and no salary for his services as deputy president.

However, he would also receive those benefits and privileges necessary to enable him to carry out his functions.

Motlanthe served as president from September 25 2008 to May 6 2009.

In terms of the constitution, the assembly must approve the president's salary. He, in turn, approves MPs' salaries.

Zuma approved a 5.5% salary increase for top public servants in July, following the recommendations of the Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers.

At the time, commission chairperson Judge Willie Seriti said the proposal, which is 0.5% higher than last year's, enjoyed the backing of the ministers consulted, notably Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

The increase pushed a cabinet member's pay to just above the R2m mark.

Premiers would take home R1.88m a year, mayors just over R1m, and Members of Parliament R889 383.

The commission said it based its recommendation on the consumer price index, the economic climate, and market trends in salary increases.

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  • thepatrickwinter - 2012-09-18 15:01

    Me thinks, that salary is but a very small percentage of his actual income. The train is still good for more mileage before its next service.

      colin.dovey - 2012-09-18 15:25

      Surely all Government employees - of which he is one - should only be paid according to a performance clause? - but of course, we ALL know what he would get then, don't we?

      alan.gernet - 2012-09-18 15:40

      I am sure thae fact that it was approved effective 1 April is no coincidence

      christopher.shining - 2012-09-18 16:11

      lets work harder tax payers, the government needs it more than us...

      nads.delange - 2012-09-18 16:31

      I think if most of the people posting here everyday and obediently paying our taxes had to do as little as these government officials do, we wouldn't get an increase, we would get fired. These guys get a small fortune for doing f-all. And these are just the disclosed amounts, this is only a fraction of their actual income which they pocket every year. Sickening! And they claim to care about the poor, if I had that kind of salary a big percentage if it would go to improving the lives of the poor, not towards a new jet or BMW or mansion.

  • neil.maccoll - 2012-09-18 15:02

    Increase for what? Did he actually do anything?

      msendi - 2012-09-18 15:22

      It depends on what side you are at. I think he did a lot, but lets wait for ANC to judge him in Mangaung and South Africans during the elections.

      eduard.homes - 2012-09-18 15:34

      Wait for the ANC to judge him????? He is useless and spineless and is the root cause of the crime and corruption that is crashing down ALONG with the rest of SA. Wake up please!!!

  • heather.stip.7 - 2012-09-18 15:06

    WTF?? There's a recession on you idiots! I would love to be able to take home a FRACTION of what you earn. And I'll do a better job!

  • hughhezuze.schalkwyk - 2012-09-18 15:07

    can someone please explain to me what he has actually done to deserve a pay increase!!!!!! What a joke and a insult to the nation!!!!!

  • john.loveland.9 - 2012-09-18 15:07

    Why don't they tell us the value of the entire salary package... which includes benefits such as vehicles, housing, "entertainment" etc.

      heinrich.swart.3 - 2012-09-18 21:01

      The Zuma Balance Sheet   http://inside-politics.org/2012/08/20/the-billion-rand-president-how-much-jacob-zuma-costs-the-taxpayer/ 1. Annual Salary: [R2 275 802.00 to R2 753 689.00] 2. Medical Aid: [At least R1 300 000 per year] 3. Pension Payout on Retirement: [Approximately R2 753 689.00] 4. Spousal Support: [At least R15 517 500.00 per year] 5. Private Vehicle: [70% of salary - R1 835 792.00, for two vehicles] 6. Flights – VIP Squadron: [An approximate average of: R46 838 476.00 per year] 7. Flights – Additional: [R6 331 174.67 plus additional cost of two planes] 8. Flights – VIP Protection Services: [Unknown] 9. Flights – Helicopters: [At least R14 400 000.00 per year] 10. Overseas Allowances – President: [An average of R25 400.00 per year] 11. Overseas Allowances – First Ladies: [Unknown] 12. Accommodation – Hotels: [An average of R420 000.00 per year] 13. Accommodation – Official Residences: [An average of R5 300 000.00 per year] 14. Accommodation – Private Residences: [R6 400 000.00] 15.VIP Protection [An average of at least R12 000 000.00 per year] 16. Legal Costs: [Unknown] APPROXIMATE FIVE YEAR TOTAL: R514 145 362.00 AVERAGE ANNUAL TOTAL: R102 829 072.00 At the very least, President Zuma will cost the South African taxpayer R514.1m over five years – an average of R102.8m per year; in other words, half a billion Rand. Were he to secure another term, his Presidency would cost the South African public, at least, R1 billion.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-18 15:09

    A salary increase? Yesterday he was warning of recession. Live like a king,whilst the subjects starve!His multitude of wives have expensive tastes.

      snot.gurgle.3 - 2012-09-18 17:28

      If I remember correctly zuma gets R15 million a year to look after his wives and kids, over and above his salary.

  • jake.ko.71 - 2012-09-18 15:11

    If these Politicians had to get performance salaries they would get R2 per year

      alan.gernet - 2012-09-18 15:40

      nah - they would get decreases

  • grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-09-18 15:13

    SICKening!!! He doesn't deserve even 1% of that salary! What his total income with ALL the perks?

  • flysouth - 2012-09-18 15:15

    Has this man no decency? This increase in itself (R136,722) is greater than the annual earnings of a miner at Marikana and not far off the wage they are now demanding amidst much violence and turmoil, not to mention damage to the economy! As a leader of his people (he is certainly no leader to me!) I would expect him to refuse this increase in the present circumstances if for no other reason than the dictates of his conscience - hell, what I am I talking about, what conscience?

  • mothakge - 2012-09-18 15:15

    Perfect timing, just goes to show how the National Assembly is in with the times, i am sure they have heard of Marikana, and the reasons why almost 40 people were killed including Policemen, i am sure they know why there is currently limited productivity at Lonmin and i am sure they will put the necessary measures in place so that the poorest of the Poor get an increase in wages too...unless otherwise they actually have no idea or they don't really care!*Polytricks*

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-09-18 15:16

    We want...we want....MORE...more...makes me "stutter"

  • herbert.plessis - 2012-09-18 15:17

    Is the gravy also increasing by 5.5%?

  • john.turner.58760608 - 2012-09-18 15:17

    So our beloved President now gets (no way does he earn) R 2 622 561 per annum and David Cameron, Prime Minister of UK earns R 1 898 540 ( UKP 142 000 @ R 13.37 = UKP 1). Makes you want to cry.

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-09-18 15:19

    Mr President do you not feel slightly embarrassed, 5.5% backdated to April 2012, will give you what? shame on you, you rang the bell warning that we are entering a recession .... really!!!! you could have fooled me. Is this to ensure that your pension is enhanced so as to not be one of the struggling blacks AND whites who are trying to make ends meet.

      rontheogre - 2012-09-18 15:33

      To feel embarrassed you have to have dignity and morals, sorely lacking in this case.

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-09-18 15:19

    and the miners are rediculous, when you think at least the miners have actually worked compared to him....not unless dancing constitute work!!!!!!!!!!!

  • judith.taylor.56 - 2012-09-18 15:22

    How stupid - he doesn't need it and should set an example by refusing it

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-09-18 15:23

    Approved legitamately or a cronie endorsed increase?? Looks to me like he just wants some extra hay while the sun is still shining for him.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-09-18 15:25

    This guy has alsolutely no shame, its plain to see you scratch my back and I will scratch yours. Thats why they are so corrupt, it goes the same way. Somebody told me he is the 4th highest paid president in the world. Yes I would love to know his exact salary with all the perks right down to the very last cent. I bet you we would all be shocked. Remember he has 2 billion burning a hole in his pocket. First, he wanted his own jet, then when a noise was made, then it will go towards Zumaville, more than likely he will have every member of is family down on the tender list.

  • Makhavele - 2012-09-18 15:26

    I can't believe Jacob Zuma is earning 2,6millions jst for fighting with Julius Malema.

      robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-09-18 16:02

      Correction Makhavele. He doesn't EARN it - he is simply PAID it by our corrupt and self-indulgent ANC government.

      Erna - 2012-09-18 16:58

      And delivering some really bad speeches!

  • mantothieve.missingman - 2012-09-18 15:27

    Nice so the president now earns 12500 a day and he's voters 12:50 a week , <<

      wo0two0t - 2012-09-19 11:38

      +1 its fine for him to earn huge amounts while his people salve but when companies pay their CEO's in the millions it’s a problem?

  • rohin.jadin - 2012-09-18 15:29

    the smart thing for him to do at this point would be to decline the increase (and let's face it - he doesn't need it) - and put that money into a fund for the marikana victims - that would win him some brownie points.

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-09-18 15:30

    So, let me get this right, the miners are not allowed to get a higher salary because they dont have a degree, but the criminals in government get between 1 and 2 MILLION rand a year. Something very wrong with that picture.

      Erna - 2012-09-18 16:53

      And the president hasn't even got Std 5.

  • zaatheist - 2012-09-18 15:36

    http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/A-message-to-South-Africans-from-the-new-President-of-SA-20120917 PAH!

  • mehluleli.majajini - 2012-09-18 15:42

    Hai Bo

  • catdarling - 2012-09-18 15:44

    See, there is always a reason for such bloody petrol price hikes!! Maybe we the taxpayers should just start saying no! Zuma is the highest paid president in the world, according world statistics. Just bloody unbelievable. Maybe Blade Nzimande is right, may the middle class should start striking. Maybe then this government will see where all the money comes from. Not the filthy rich or the poor. But the middle class, so maybe we should start striking and start saying no to unreasonable demands!

      irma.white.9 - 2012-09-18 15:59

      Ah I shouldn't have bothered to pay my tax to SARS this year (which has left me broke for the rest of the month, thank you very much Mr. Zuma).

  • dnxumalo2 - 2012-09-18 15:46

    So what,He deserves to be paid like all presidents.

      mark.singh.9889 - 2012-09-19 12:56

      Why? Other presidents work for their salaries

  • jacob.mphatswe - 2012-09-18 15:47

    Under these difficult economic and poverty stricken circumstances, it would have been prudent for President Zuma to decline a salary increase.

  • Lebo.Jeed.Tshepi - 2012-09-18 15:47

    Wow Mr President we ordinary workers have to first fight, go on strike, be teargased, be killed, be jailed and charged for public violence just to get 1% increase yet you get it simple like that and more than you deserve? Some leader you are such an embarassment.

      irma.white.9 - 2012-09-18 15:55

      Don't you mean a 300% increase...?

  • sisie.indola - 2012-09-18 15:47

    What is wrong with these people?

  • Wynand Fourie - 2012-09-18 15:48

    how can he justify the pay rise when so many people are starving????? I want to ask him that!

  • irma.white.9 - 2012-09-18 15:56

    It's no use complaining here.... goverment doesn't care about us plebs and they sure aren't going to be bothered to read our comments. Moral of the story? Stop voting ANC!

  • tshivhombelaf - 2012-09-18 15:58

    The timing is really bad. He now earns far more than David Cameron.

      dave.elmore.5 - 2012-09-18 21:06

      Why don't you google what the President of the USA earns, and with no major allowances and compare this to our own,

      wo0two0t - 2012-09-19 11:46

      David Cameron isnt the US Pres. Obama earns around R3.2Mil ex all other expenses. But if you had to add Zumas wifes and all his other expenses he would overtake Obama.

  • zaks2217 - 2012-09-18 15:59

    There is nothing wrong with evading tax. Tax is oppression! Evade it wherever u can. The government must learn to make its own money.

      vincent.auret - 2012-09-18 16:53

      haha, good one!

      victor.musakwa - 2012-09-18 17:05

      Hahah. ,

  • robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-09-18 16:00

    WTF - another shower installation doesn't cost THAT much!

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-09-18 16:01

    To the powers that be. I am disgusted to hear and read what increase the so called president is receiving. I worked hard all my life for this country, I nursed the sick and dying, and at times worked 18hrs a day, I am now a pensioner on a Government pension and am literally starving, unable to support my self and having to depend on others to house and feed me. Why cant the pensioners of this country, who really built up the country, get a decent living pension.

  • lungi.tshaka - 2012-09-18 16:13

    "Assembly approves Zum11a's pay hike" as if he deserves it....nxa

  • gregory.jurgens - 2012-09-18 16:14

    Ordinary citizens get gunned down for asking for a living wage. With the corpses of our dead comrades still fresh in the grave Zuma rewards himself. This government stinks.

  • sedeshan - 2012-09-18 16:19

    In other news Zuma warns of a recession on the horizon.

  • paul.kershaw.18 - 2012-09-18 16:19

    His WIVES will be happy - as their salaries also go up too. Thieving lackards!

      lulu.khoza2 - 2012-09-19 08:30

      You are right Paul,as we speak he might be planning to marry wife no 7.

  • sisa.mtwana - 2012-09-18 16:24

    What can one say? Shame on you Mr president shame on you. Two things I could think of on top of my head RECESSION and our MINERS. Mr president were you just lying to us yesterday with speech, I was nearly starting to believe you and now this. Shame on you and your greedy government. Are those increase a ploy to buy Votes from all the greedy pigs in parliament. I thought this was a government of the people not a private company. When things are hard everyone should tighten their belt including our government.

      Erna - 2012-09-18 16:46

      The president has no shame!

  • Ian - 2012-09-18 16:27

    if you see what the MP s are paying themselves i dont blame the workers for getting restless they loose sight of reality and then need to steal to support their spend habit

  • mluleki.duku1 - 2012-09-18 17:29

    Does this assembly also monitors his perfomance? Out of his bulk allowances, he still want an increase. The poor will remain poorer. He mst enjoy while still last. Its time to elect responsible leaders with peoples interests @ heart.

  • Zahir - 2012-09-18 21:15

    Why does zooma get an increase what measures did he achieve he should be paying his salary back to us the taxpayer that pay his increase

  • stephen.j.coetzee.5 - 2012-09-19 08:39

    He should donate some money towards housing for the poor and stop giving money to other countries.

  • JamesMWood - 2012-09-19 09:52

    To all comentators, please do not vote for the ANCant's, black white indian coloured chinese whatever, I don't care, just vote for another party, a change in structure is desparately needed by us, the people of south africa. If I could wave a magic wand, it would be for education, that is what will truly set us free.

  • marianne.jacobszkapp - 2012-09-19 13:51

    Wouldn't it have been nice if he had looked at his people, seen the hardship, and waived the increase, or decided it should go straight towards effective job creation? There's much that can be done with a bit of extra cash on hand: improve our roads, clean up city centres, build schools and retirement homes, fix up hospitals in a state of disrepair, build a few low-income houses, to name but a few. Come on Mr. President, how about taking one for the team?

  • Judy - 2012-09-20 13:46

    I want to comment,but I actually feel sick instead.

  • Judy - 2012-09-20 13:47

    Maybe we need to throw our toys out of the cot about this to. Where is COSATU. or is he getting a raise too?

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