The Government Gazette has released the official salaries for all MPs and undoubtedly the politicians in our country won’t be hard done by the recent decision by Cyril Ramaphosa to keep select salaries as is
With the release of the official salaries MPs in South Africa enjoy it has become transparent as to why the President won’t be dishing out bonuses and increases for Christmas.
Cyril Ramaphosa has revealed that he would not be increasing salaries for those in the cabinet, nor will there be bonuses for those who only serve as MPs.
Some members of the legislature will be enjoying a 2.5% raise including the House Chairperson, Chief Whip of the Majority Party, The Leader of the Opposition and Whips, Members of the National Assembly and permanent delegates to the National Council of Provinces.
So what do the top dogs in South African politics actually earn annually?
- President Cyril Ramaphosa: R3.4 million
- Deputy President David Mabuza: R2.825 million
- House Speaker Baleka Mbete: R.2.825 million
- Cabinet Ministers: 2.4 million
- Provincial Premiers: 2.26 million
- Deputy Cabinet Ministers: R1.97 million
- Ruling Party Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu: R1.6 million
- Leader of the Opposition Mmusi Maimane: R1.6 million
- Committee Chairpersons: R1.45 million
- Leader of a Minority Party (Julius Malema, for example): R1.3 million
- Chief Whip of the Majority Opposition John Steenhuisen: R1.3 million
- MPs without any other official standing: R1.1 million
The President's salary has recently revealed him to be one of the highest paid politicians in the world. The ANC leader earns about 19 times the average salary in the country.
These statistics were released just days after Ramaphosa had cut costs where he could, despite being given the go-ahead to increase salaries by 4%.
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