South Africa’s President could get another salary hike, six months after another increase sparked outrage in Parliament.
The Independent Commission on Remuneration of Public Office Bearers on Friday announced it had submitted recommendations of another 5 per cent salary increase for President Zuma.
If approved, the increase would be effected in the 201516 financial year.
In June, opposition parties strongly objected to the first salary increase for a sitting President since 1994.
They shouted in objection to an ANC motion confirming that President Jacob Zuma would receive a salary increase of about 5 per cent, taking his total remuneration to $193,000 a year.
Friday’s proposed increase will take the South African leader’s earnings to $202,650.
The commission also suggested a 5 per cent increase for the Mr Zuma’s deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, the Speaker of National Parliament, chairperson of National Council of Provinces, and chief justice, members of national and provincial executive, deputy ministers, members of Parliament and Provincial legislatures.
The recommendations were submitted to the President and Parliament on October 24 and 28 respectively.
While the commission acknowledged public office bearers’ responsibilities should depend on a spirit of self-sacrifice and volunteerism ‘for the public good’ it said reasonable rewards were in order.
“However, such motivation should not require unreasonable sacrifices to their private lives,” read the statement.
When opposition parties objected to the June increase, Mr Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters said the country already dressed him, fed him and did not need to give him more money.
Mr Zuma’s counterpart in Botswana, Ian Khama, earns $62,800 per annum after an April increase.
SOURCE: AFRICA REVIEW