Pres­i­dent okays pay hikes for pub­lic of­fi­cials

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PRES­I­DENT Ja­cob Zuma will not take a salary in­crease this year – but pub­lic of­fice bear­ers will get an ex­tra 5 per­cent for the next fi­nan­cial year.

Zuma made the de­ci­sion af­ter con­sid­er­ing the rec­om­men­da­tions of the In­de­pen­dent Com­mis­sion for the Re­mu­nera- tion of Pub­lic Of­fice Bear­ers, which rec­om­mended that he and his cab­i­net not get a raise.

In fact, no of­fice bearer earn­ing more than R1 mil­lion a year should re­ceive an in­crease.

The seven-per­son com­mis­sion was chaired by Judge Wil­lie Ser­iti – who, as a judge, would be in­cluded in those who he rec­om­mended should not get an in­crease.Those in the R1m- plus range in­clude the pres­i­dent, deputy pres­i­dent, min­is­ters, deputy min­is­ters, the leader of the op­po­si­tion, premiers, MECs, may­ors, judges, chief mag­is­trates and re­gional court pres­i­dents.

“Pres­i­dent Zuma took th­ese de­ci­sions af­ter con­sid­er­ing rec- om­men­da­tions of the com­mis­sion, the af­ford­abil­ity of the dif­fer­ent lev­els of re­mu­ner­a­tion, the present so­cial and eco­nomic con­text, and the level of in­fla­tion and its im­pact.

“The pres­i­dent would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank the com­mis­sion for its work,” the Pres­i­dency said in a state­ment.

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