MPs to get huge salary hikes

2012-07-26 10:59

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, MoneyWeb reported.

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 increases.

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 1.

 - Fin24


  • robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-07-26 11:07

    Since when did MPs EARN anything like what they are (over)paid?

      mofstok - 2012-07-26 12:32

      I haven't had an increase in two years! This is bullsh#t.

      alan.jerrold - 2012-07-26 14:02

      And this presumably is on top of a credit card limit of R50 000 to R100 000 PER MONTH!!! And they are utterly useless, as the last 18 years have conclusively proved. Education worse, healthcare worse, municipalities worse, railways worse, roads worse etc etc

  • squeegee.pilot - 2012-07-26 11:22

    Tell that to the working poor.

  • thabangthomas.nkadimeng - 2012-07-26 11:24

    Animal Farm in its purest form!!!"All people are EQUAL but some are more EQUAL than others."

  • leonard.rom.7 - 2012-07-26 11:36

    i wish i was MP hahhahhahahahahahha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • patson.nedzamba - 2012-07-26 11:37

    What do they get paid for? Sleeping and eating in the parliament?

  • delish7564 - 2012-07-26 11:41

    And yet school children go without text books......priorities? Dreadful, but I suppose typical of most politicians!

  • jan.kotze.7 - 2012-07-26 11:54

    Allgood and well to say it is less than inflation but based on their already bloated salaries the value is what their voters earn in a year. They must cut their lavish lifestyle. Accross the board increases are an outdated principle - they must be appraised (by an independant party) and given merit increases. I want to bet that the majority will have to accept salary cuts!!!!!

  • gavin.ray.102 - 2012-07-26 12:11

    yay, lets pay the people, who are responsible for "misspending" R11 billion more money cos they are doing such an awesome job!!! #howaboutno

  • trevor.roberts.148 - 2012-07-26 13:09

    If a parlimentary vote is equired for this it will be one of the very few times that you don't have to wake them up first.

      carol.paterson.923 - 2012-07-26 13:55

      And it will probably be the 1st time they ALL attend a Parliament session, the lazy bunch of louts. It's obvious Pravin Gordhan agrees to this as he is one of them getting a huge salary and increase. What a shame that these lazy louts get so much money while children (the future of SA) can't get their school books on time. You ministers and deputies, should be ashamed of yourselves and look exactly where the priorities in this country lie.

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-07-26 14:41

    The gravy train is about to become more juicy !! With the ecconomy in the present state and the taxpayer being milked every day Zuma had better consider very carefully about dishing out increases to MP's who do virtually nothing in Parliament except vote as ordered by the Chief Whip. They presently have susidized housing, free flights and other perks which we as ordinary citizens do not enjoy.

  • martin.andersen.14473 - 2012-07-26 14:46

    very disappointing indeed. the people that are living in shacks with no decent facilites continue to struggle while these MP's earn more money than they need.

  • gail.hayesbean - 2012-07-26 18:49

    This is so not on! What about workers who are earning way less than that and then denied increases? We need them more than the majority of the incompetent cadres currently running the show into the ground and then refusing to go with a severance package when they can't produce clean audits get books to children in schools provide adequarte healthcare to the majority while they (even the convicted ones like Selebi) get preferential hospital treatment ahead of others as well as state Paid legal representation which is the money from everybody including the poorest of the poor? It's disgusting! Teachers and nurses are expected to work 12 hour days for a fraction of this money. It seems like if you can't cut it in the business world then become a politician where you get blue light brigades two planes luxury homes etc. and feel you are entitled to them.

  • attie.gerber.1 - 2012-09-18 15:38

    half of them don't even attend parlament like winnie mandela and earns this kind of money per month. some just goes their to stuff their fat faces ot fly around the country on shopping sprees. i do absulute nothing for this money. rather give this money to the poor and will be much better spent

  • nico.brandt.948 - 2012-10-19 13:20

    And he utters PAYFREEZE from the same babbling hole !

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