Hefty R1m back­dated pay hike for AG Nombe­mbe

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AU­DI­TOR- Gen­eral Ter­ence Nombe­mbe has re­ceived a salary in­crease of close to R1 mil­lion a year, back­dated for more than six years.

De­tails of the in­crease are con­tained in a let­ter, dated May 23 this year, sent by Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma to Par­lia­ment. The let­ter was pub­lished this week in a par­lia­men­tary doc­u­ment. “The pres­i­dent has de­ter­mined that the an­nual salary pack­age of the Au­di­tor- Gen­eral Mr TM Nombe­mbe be in­creased from R1 708 600 per an­num to R2 650 000 per an­num with ef­fect from De­cem­ber 1, 2006.”

This meant Nombe­mbe’s salary pack­age would in­crease by R941 400 a year, back­dated for six and a half years, a wind­fall of well over R6m.

The date of De­cem­ber 1, 2006, is the day on which Nombe­mbe – who re­placed Shauket Fakie, who re­tired – was ap­pointed to the post.

The let­ter also an­nounces a huge in­crease in Nombe­mbe’s ter­mi­na­tion ben­e­fits. “(The) Au­di­tor Gen­eral’s ter­mi­na­tion ben­e­fit (is to) be in­creased from 10 per­cent… to 50 per­cent of the aver­age term com­pen­sa­tion for each year of ser­vice.” – Sapa

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