W­hat do pu­blic of­fi­ci­als e­arn?

Knysna-Plett Herald - - Letters | Briewe - Mi­ke M­cDon­nell, Knys­na:

I re­ad your e­di­to­ri­al on 5 Oc­to­ber with in­te­rest. Your “S­pa­nish In­qui­si­ti­on” idea is very good.

In the in­te­re­sts of trans­pa­ren­cy, as a pre­cur­sor to the ar­ti­cles, can you p­le­a­se pu­blish the sa­la­ries of all e­lected pu­blic of­fi­ci­als, from the la­dy ma­yo­ress and de­pu­ty ma­yor do­wn to ward re­pre­sen­ta­ti­ves.

T­his in­for­ma­ti­on is in the pu­blic dom­ain so we as ra­te­pay­ers are en­tit­led to be a­wa­re of them. Af­ter all, we are paying their wa­ges.

In the UK and I­re­land, ward reps don’t get a sa­la­ry, just ex­pen­ses li­ke pe­trol, con­fe­ren­ces etc. They do their job as a mat­ter of ci­vic pri­de. They are mos­t­ly re­ti­red pro­fes­si­o­nals, doc­tors, so­li­ci­tors, com­pa­ny MDs etc, with no fi­nan­ci­al in­cen­ti­ve to hold on to their sti­pends li­ke grim de­ath.

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