President okays pay hikes for public officials
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.