- Traditional leaders are paid over R250 Million of taxpayers’ money annually
- Traditional leaders are still valued by government for their influence over certain groups in South Africa
- Kings and Queens are paid R1.2 Million per year
Traditional leaders cost the South African taxpayer millions of Rands per annum. This is according to figures released by the country’s minister of cooperative governance and traditional affairs Des van Rooyen, says theSouthAfrican.com.
These figures indicate that there are currently over 900 traditional leaders in the country and while these leaders don’t hold much sway politically, they still do have significant influence over sectors of the South African population and so they are still seen to be a valuable resource.
They receive massive salaries by the South African government.
According to van Rooyen the salaries of traditional leaders have increased by between 4.5% and 8% for the 2018 financial year with Kings and Queens being paid close to R1.2 million per annum. This is followed closely by the Chairpersons of the National House of Traditional Leaders who earn a whopping R850 000.00 a year and their deputies who earn R650 000.00 per year.
Dezs van Rooyen was in the news earlier this year, when President Cyril Ramaphosa took the reigns in the country and did a major cabinet reshuffle.
Briefly.co.za reported at the time that the ANC Military Veteran's Association was disappointed to learn former cooperative governance and traditional affairs minister Des van Rooyen, will now serve on the committee of defence and military veterans and the portfolio committee on justice.
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