Cape Town - Members of parliament could soon earn as much as
R900 000 per annum should President Jacob Zuma
accept a proposed 5.5% salary hike for public office bearers.
Zuma is set to consider the recommendations put forward by
the Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers,
If the president approved the increases, it would bring the
basic salary of an MP to R889 383, in addition to other perks including
flights, pension and medical aid.
Zuma's salary would increase from R2 485 839 to R2 622 561
for the 2012/2013 period, while Deputy President Kgalema Mothlanthe's package
would increase to just over R2.3m.
Department ministers would get salary increases over R2.06m
and the total remuneration of deputy ministers would be just over R1.6m a year.
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.
"In the past he has differed from us... his views do
play a role, but he does not dictate to us," Seriti said.
The commission said it based its recommendation on the consumer price index, the economic climate and market trends in salary
Seriti said the commission felt that there was a need to
link pay increases for public office bearers to performance, but at present the
law did not allow for this.
He said a study to explore possible amendments had been
halted due to a lack of funding for the commission.
The pay increases would take effect retroactively from April