How much is Jacob Zuma's retirement costing the South African taxpayer?

How much is Jacob Zuma's retirement costing the South African taxpayer?

Although Jacob Zuma has resigned from his position as president he still enjoys numerous benefits from his presidential career. Briefly.co.za takes a look at how much the South African taxpayer forks out to pay for Msholozi's golden years

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Even though its been months since his resignation, Jacob Zuma is still very much present on the South African political scene. It's been a busy time for the ex-president, with numerous court appearances and even rumours that he tried to overthrow his successor, Cyril Ramaphosa.

With Zuma still enjoying his time in the limelight one cannot help but wonder as to how much the taxpayer is contributing to the infamous legacy of our former president.

Briefly.co.za takes a closer look at what Msholozi costs the nation in his retirement:

Presidential pension

Adding insult to injury the ex-president's annual pension was increased in September to match the amount he had earned as president. He will receive R2.98 million every year, for the remainder of his days.

Vehicle Allowance

According to a report by The South African, Zuma enjoys a vehicle allowance of R1.8 million. The report stated that the vehicle can be replaced after 5 years or 120 000km.

Free SAA flights

Even though Jacob Zuma is no longer in office, he still enjoys free flights anywhere in the country with South African Airways. Allegedly the ex-president’s flight bills can reach a six-figure number every year.

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VIP protection

Evidently, Zuma still enjoys the use of the Presidential Protection Unit during his retirement. The South African estimates that, with a single bodyguard costing R500 000 a year, that Zuma uses 1.5 million on his protection.

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Medical aid

Inside Politics recently reported that Jacob has not settled for second best with his medical aid, estimating that he receives R1.3 million a year to make sure he remains in peak condition.

Miscellaneous

Other than the hefty bills mentioned above, Zuma has also managed to have his legal fees covered by the state. If the DA and ANC is accurate, the figure currently stands at around R17 million. However the EFF disagrees on this amount, saying on Tuesday that R25 million had been spent.

If these estimates are accurate, it brings the total bill of Zuma's retirement to a staggering R6 million a year. Costing taxpayers this amount every year until the end of his days.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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