- President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that his Cabinet members and politicians' salaries have been frozen
- This is the second year in a row in which Ramaphosa has frozen salaries
- The government is making a concerted effort to reduce spending and exercise more fiscal discipline.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has renewed the salary freeze for his Cabinet members and other political office bearers.
This would be the second year in a row in which Ramaphosa has frozen salary increases for politicians.
Ramaphosa's salary will remain at R2.99 million and David Mabuza's will likewise stay at R2.85 million. Ministers' salaries will remain at R2.4 million and their deputies will take home R1.97 million.
The salary freezes come after the government continues to tighten the fiscal budget and in the wake of Covid-19 the government has tightened the public purse.
Earlier, Briefly News reported that Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says his department needs more money than it currently has to properly treat South Africa's patients. The Minister was addressing parliament on Thursday.
In the short clip shared by eNCA, he wearily added future projections that show his department is underfunded, which couldn't come at a worse time given Mzansi's expected third wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
South African social media users were left in awe and wondered how the nations R60-billion health budget could still be insufficient. They took to the comments section to share their frustrations.
In other news, Embattled African National Congress Secretary-General Ace Magashule has hit back at the ANC, saying he will not apologise.
The suspended Magashule has dug on his heels arguing that he will only offer an apology to ANC and South African president Cyril Ramaphosa once a court of law orders him to so.
Magashule had until Friday to apologise for issuing an unsanctioned suspension letter against Ramaphosa a week ago.
The former Free State premier released his side of the story on Friday morning through court papers in the South Gauteng High Court.
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Source: Briefly News