‘Zille does not earn two salaries’

2011-05-05 12:46

The Democratic Alliance today dismissed claims by Cosatu in Western Cape that DA leader and Premier Helen Zille receives two substantial salaries.

“The statement by [Cosatu provincial secretary] Tony Ehrenreich is completely wrong, as usual, and has just been made up for the sake of political grandstanding,” Zille’s spokesperson Priya Reddy said.

She was reacting to the union federation’s claims that Zille was “the biggest double dipper”.

In a statement earlier, Ehrenreich said it was ironic that Zille positioned herself as the champion of morality and frugality but “continues to collect two salaries, one as premier and one from the DA, essentially for the same job”.

Ehrenreich is the ANC’s Cape Town mayoral hopeful in the May 18 municipal elections.

Reducing politicians’ perks was being reviewed by national government and Zille’s recent “announcement in cutting perks is merely an election ploy”, he charged.

“This ploy is confirmed by the fact that she has not cut her own salaries as premier of R1 000 000 and the R1 500 000 she gets from the DA.

“This double dipping is morally corrupt, reprehensible and indefensible in the context of deep levels of poverty that exist in our communities,” said Ehrenreich.

Reddy said Zille did not receive a salary from the DA.

“She receives a small stipend from the DA, nowhere near the amount that Cosatu suggests. Her salary as Premier is determined by the Deputy Chief Justice, and is exactly the same as every other Premier in South Africa. Unlike many of them, she is worth every cent,” Reddy said.

In 2009, shortly after he was elected, President Jacob Zuma promised to review the national Cabinet Handbook to cut perks.

The DA welcomed that commitment. Unfortunately, he had not done this. Cosatu had not pressurised him to deliver on that promise.

“The Western Cape government, on the other hand, has amended its handbook, cutting perks that will save millions by stopping spending on perks and luxuries,” she said.

“This is another example of the DA delivering where the ANC just talks.

“Instead of wasting their time on blatant lies and political grandstanding, Cosatu should spend their time pressurising President Zuma’s Cabinet to adopt the Western Cape ministerial handbook.

“The more money government saves, the more money there is for proper service delivery to the poor,” Reddy said. 

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