Top of­fi­cials get pay rise

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - THABISO THAKALI

THE COUN­TRY’S top politi­cians, judges and mag­is­trates can look for­ward to an early Christ­mas gift af­ter a Pres­i­dency procla­ma­tion that in­creased their salaries by 5 per­cent back­dated to April.

This means Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma will now earn al­most R2.9 mil­lion a year, Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa will get R2.7m and cabi­net min­is­ters will re­ceive more than R2.3m an­nu­ally.

The wage hikes also mean the bill for 35 min­is­ters, 38 deputies, heads of par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tees, par­lia­men­tary whips, lead­ers of op­po­si­tion par­ties, MPs, nine pre­miers, MECs and mem­bers of pro­vin­cial leg­is­la­tures will in­crease.

The hikes have been made ac­cord­ing to the rec­om­men­da­tions of the In­de­pen­dent Com­mis­sion for the Remuneration of Pub­lic Of­fice Bear­ers.

The in­creases were first drafted in Au­gust and were fi­nalised last month. In May, the govern­ment signed a three-year pay deal with pub­lic sec­tor unions rep­re­sent­ing teach­ers, nurses and other state work­ers af­ter eight months of ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Civil ser­vants re­ceived salary hikes of 7 per­cent, back­dated to April, for the first year and 1 per­cent more than the con­sumer in­fla­tion rate for the next two years. That agree­ment took the state’s wage bill to over R460bn.

Ac­cord­ing to the procla­ma­tion gazette pub­lished yes­ter­day, Na­tional As­sem­bly Speaker Baleka Mbete’s an­nual pay will in­crease from R2.6m to over R2.7m and leader of the op­po­si­tion Mmusi Maimane’s salary in­creases from R1.4 m to over R1.5m a year.

Gaut­eng premier David Makhura will now earn just over R2.1m, up from R2m. Chief Jus­tice Mo­go­eng Mo­go­eng jumps to R2.7m a year from R2.6m.

Full-time tra­di­tional lead­ers such as Zulu King Good­will Zwelithini will earn over R1.1m, up from R1m

Mu­nic­i­pal may­ors, their deputies, speak­ers and whips will get 5.5 per­cent hikes and coun­cil­lors 6 per­cent.

With lo­cal elec­tions next year, the hikes will be timely for coun­cil­lors and may­ors and boost sev­er­ance and pen­sion pay­ments for those who will leave pol­i­tics af­ter elec­tions.

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