Ramaphosa rejects salary increases for government's top officials

Ramaphosa rejects salary increases for government's top officials

- The Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers recently recommended an increase for state executives

- This would have seen President Cyril Ramaphosa earning the highest salary any South African leader has ever earned

- But Ramaphosa has rejected the recommendation at a time where economic difficulties run rampant

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has opted out of increasing the salaries earned by top civil servants.

Briefly.co.za reported that the Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers had recommended a 3-4% increase for civil servants.

This doesn't seem to be the case with Ramaphosa announcing that the salaries paid to deputy president David Mabuza, National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise, National Council of Provinces chairperson Amos Masondo and their deputies would remain the same.

Masondo, Modise and Mabuza's salaries will stay frozen at just over R2.82 million annually with ministers continuing to earn over R2.4 million.

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The commission had made the recommendations in the face of economic constraints when it put forward the increases for all public office bearers, reports IOL.

Members of the judiciary, traditional leaders and councillors will need Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma's approval for their possible wage hikes.

National Assembly determines Ramaphosa's salary which means it would remain unlikely he will be awarded an increase after rejecting theirs.

Civil servants earning lower salaries for their work in parliament and provincial legislatures have been granted slight increases.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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